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Fort Lauderdale & South Florida should be concerned as the Cat fund has 17 Billion or so, why would this be needed unless the State has other Financial issues to deal with?

With hurricane season barreling down on Florida, the state is seizing on low interest rates to borrow $2.25 billion for its catastrophe insurance fund.

The State Board of Administration Finance Corp. is joining state and local governments that have rushed to sell bonds since yields tumbled this year to the lowest in decades. While rates have edged up over the past three weeks, benchmark 10-year debt is still yielding only about 0.8%, matching the lows seen before the pandemic upended financial markets in March.

“The market has been extraordinarily strong on the demand side and interest rates are very low — those two things don’t normally go hand and glove,” Ben Watkins, Florida’s director of bond finance, said in an interview. “From an historical perspective, this is an extraordinary opportunity.”

The pace of debt sales surged as rates tumbled in July, with the volume of new municipal bond offerings jumping 58% from a year earlier to about $46 billion that month, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Even with the uptick in rates since then, sales have stayed strong, with another $41 billion issued this month.

The offering will be the first since 2016 by the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, which acts as a backstop for the state’s insurance market.

The move to shore up the fund comes as scientists anticipate that climate change will cause more damaging hurricanes.

The Florida fund is estimated to incur total losses of about $8 billion from Hurricanes Irma and Michael, which hit the state in 2017 and 2018, respectively, according to projections as of June 30.

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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/09/01/580899.htm

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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/08/26/580363.htm

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Lawsuits over denial of coverage for business interruptions due to COVID-19 are piling up in New Jersey courts, but some experts expect the plaintiffs will have a difficult time recovering.

The District of New Jersey saw 20 COVID-19 business interruption suits filed or removed from state court in July alone. A similar pattern is taking place across the nation, and a proposal before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate those suits could create the largest MDL ever.

Insurance carriers typically say that claims for closures related to COVID-19 are not eligible for business interruption coverage because of a lack of damages to the premises. The plight of businesses whose claims for coverage were turned down has been a high-profile issue, with lawmakers in New Jersey and elsewhere weighing various measures that would mandate coverage under some circumstances.

A bill that would require insurance companies to cover business interruption claims related to the COVID-19 emergency declaration was introduced earlier this year in New Jersey’s Legislature, where it stalled. The Assembly gave the bill a second reading on March 16 but it never reached a floor vote because of discussions over amending it. The measure never made it to the Senate floor as part of a group of bills that made up a COVID-19 emergency package.

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Odds are, motorists are bound to get ticketed for some kind of moving violation at some point. How much that ticket will cost can be minimal, but its impact on insurance premiums can be significant.

Overall, the more a driver puts themselves and others at risk, the costlier their insurance policy will be.

For instance, drivers who get ticketed for forgetting to turn on their lights pay an average of $68 more per year for car insurance than drivers without any violations on their record, according to The Zebra. Drivers who get a ticket for speeding in a school zone will see an average insurance increase of $342 per year.

The riskiest violations, however, can more than double an existing auto premium. Depending on the state or city, the same offense could increase rates by 36% or by 383%. Moreover, high-cost penalties hit drivers twice as hard in low-income states, The Zebra researchers said.

Focusing on the greatest threats to insureds, six violations cost drivers over $1,000 a year in rate hikes and have the biggest impact on auto insurance premiums.

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If you want this coverage, now it will cost so much more. The existing coverage requires property damage to have occurred like a fire or Hurricane. This coverage was always available at a higher premium, but most never want to pay for it till needed.

The insurance industry has notched another victory in its defense of its commercial insurance policies against claims for business interruption due to the coronavirus.

In a case brought by the owner of several restaurants against its insurer over business interruption due to the coronavirus shutdown ordered by the mayor, a District of Columbia Superior Court judge has sided with the insurer, ruling that the restaurant’s insurance policy is not triggered because the shutdown did not amount to direct physical loss.

Finding that the plaintiff restaurants failed to prove there was any direct physical loss, Associate Judge Kelly Higashi on Thursday granted a summary judgment in the suit in favor of Erie Insurance Exchange.

In March, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued several orders. They included a ban on indoor dining, the closing of all non-essential businesses, and an order for residents to shelter-in-place. Rose 1 had to close its restaurants as a result.

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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/08/07/578232.htm

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As hurricane season heats up, a growing number of properties located outside of FEMA-designated high-risk flood zones are already flooding. The problem is especially bad in the urban areas of America’s cities. A national survey shows nearly 85% report experiencing urban flooding. Insurance claims are on the rise, too.

“Urban flooding is kind of this hidden danger among all flood risks in the United States,” according to Dr. Sam Brody of Texas A&M University and Director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores.

It occurs mostly in high growth areas, where development brings rain impervious surfaces, such as roads, driveways, and parking lots, which change the natural drainage pattern of the land.

“It’s bringing flood impacts to unexpected areas, sometimes miles outside of the FEMA-designated 100-year flood plain.”

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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/08/06/578090.htm

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Florida’s state-run insurer Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will extend its moratorium on cancellations and nonrenewals until the end of 2020 despite saying earlier this month it would resume processing them on Aug. 15.

The decision comes after Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis urged the insurer not to cancel customer policies during hurricane season and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hurricane season is just beginning to heat up and we are in the middle of an unprecedented health and economic crisis. This is not the time to cancel Citizens’ home insurance policies,” Patronis said in a public statement released by his office, the Florida Department of Financial Services, on July 24.

The insurer originally announced in an agent bulletin July 9 that it would resume the processing of cancellations and nonrenewals beginning Aug. 15, 2020, after imposing a moratorium in March to address a significant uptick in the percentage of premiums not paid by the due date.

Citizens reported that figure has since fallen to pre-COVID-19 levels, and now stands at 7.5%.

Patronis noted that what policyholders owe must still be paid, “but cancelling their policies during hurricane season should not be an option.”

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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/07/28/577046.htm

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The Fla.-owned insurer wrote to customers who haven’t made payments due to COVID-19 that they must pay all money owed by Aug. 15 or face cancellation.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s state-run insurer of last resort says it’s time to pay up.

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. customers who have been unable to make their homeowner insurance payments because of a COVID-19-related hardship will have to come up with a way to fulfill their obligations or face cancellation after Aug. 15, the company said in letters sent to agents and customers this month.

As of July 17, 13,063 Citizens customers – about 7.5% of the company’s 481,000 policies – were past due, according to the company. They include 8,107 whose policies were renewed with no down payment since March, leaving customers owing hundreds if not thousands of past-due dollars.

Some agents worry that continued high rates of unemployment will prevent many of those homeowners from resuming making payments next month, causing them to lose their insurance just as the worst part of the hurricane season approaches.

Homeowners with mortgages would then face having their lender force-place an insurance policy, a more costly option which would increase the debt and possibly lead to foreclosure. Homeowners without mortgages would bear the cost of their own repairs – if they could afford it.

Making matters worse, the resumption of cancellations and nonrenewals comes amid skyrocketing renewal rates – a result of heightened hurricane activity, claims fraud and rising costs for insurance that insurers must buy.

“Payments have been deferred and people are still not working. How are they going to pay?” asks Dulce Suarez-Resnick, vice president of NCF Insurance Associates in Miami. “We all thought this pandemic was going to last two or three months. But it’s been much longer and we don’t know when it’s going to end.”

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https://www.floridarealtors.org/news-media/news-articles/2020/07/citizens-insurance-could-drop-75-its-policies-aug-15

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Citizens originally stopped these processes on March 27 “to ease the burden for policyholders” due to the impact of the COVID-19 health risk.

The insurer said direct-billed customers with past-due premium accounts must make a payment to avoid cancellation by August 15. For policyholders who are unable to pay their past-due amount, Citizens will allow them to make a payment arrangement. This option is available only to COVID-affected policyholders with past-due balances, and they must contact Citizens by August 15 to initiate the arrangement.

Payment arrangement options are not available for new business or current policyholders who have less than three months remaining in their policy term.

Citizens said it would immediately email impacted agents and provide policy lists and details regarding payment options, as well as mail/e-mail eligible past-due policyholders with payment options and related information. It will also contact via mail or e-mail ineligible policyholders with information that their policy will cancel if payment is not received by August 15.

If a customer’s coverage is no longer is needed, agents should cancel it in PolicyCenter as soon as possible, Citizens said.

Additionally, Citizens has developed special payment arrangements for eligible policyholders affected by COVID-19. Specific details are available on its website. The special payment arrangement will divide the past-due amount evenly by the number of months left in the term. The option is available for its commercial and personal lines products, except for new business or for current policyholders who have less than three months remaining on their policy term.

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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2020/07/14/575403.htm#

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At WeInsure, since we carry National General, we will soon also be able to sell Allstate policies!!!!!

U.S. Insurer Allstate Corp. said on Tuesday it will buy National General Holdings Corp. for about $4 billion in cash, scaling up its auto insurance business at a time when the coronavirus has crushed traffic on roads and reduced claims.

National General’s shareholders will receive $32 per share in cash and closing dividends of $2.50 per share for each share held. This would imply a total deal value of $3.92 billion and a premium of about 69% to National General’s Tuesday close, Reuters calculations showed.

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