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Risk management is no place to cut corners during a pandemic

28 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions have been tough on almost everyone...

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UK case set to boost pandemic BI payments

21 September 2020

Amid the assessments following the complex UK High Court test case judgment last week on business interruption there have been a few clear messages...

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Quiet Monte Carlo reflects a sombre reinsurance season

14 September 2020

Hopes for a festive mood at the annual Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous de Septembre have been doubly dashed this year, with the event cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and reinsurers facing tough times despite long-awaited rising rates...

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What next for QBE after a devastating week?

7 September 2020

QBE’s announcement last week that Group CEO Pat Regan will depart over “poor judgment” involving a female employee marks a rapid and remarkable unravelling of a previously successful partnership...

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Fighting fraud through blockchain

31 August 2020

Blockchain has been spotlighted as one of the most important technological trends in Australia, but the insurance industry has somehow been slower to embrace blockchain than other industries, such as finance...

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Virus injection – tech talk accelerates in the midst of upheaval

24 August 2020

An internet meme that has done the rounds depicts a survey asking “who led the digital transformation of your company?” Of possible choices between the CEO, CTO and COVID-19, it is the virus that’s heavily circled by a thick red line...

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Bad news: pandemic infects the industry’s reputation

17 August 2020

We’ve all seen the headlines. Across the world from the US to the UK, mainstream media news titles have been all too eager to attack the insurance industry’s perceived failings as coronavirus and associated shutdowns took a heavy toll...

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IAG’s next big challenge: succession

10 August 2020

With the results for IAG’s financial year behind them, the group’s directors now have another major matter to settle – who will lead the group into what MD Peter Harmer has described as “an increasingly complex and dynamic environment”...

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Looking beyond lab-focused 'pet' projects

3 August 2020

Insurers have moved beyond putting a toe in the water when it comes to insurtech partnerships, but are yet to take the full plunge when it comes to widescale adoption of innovation, the third annual Australian Insurtech Ecosystem Report suggests...

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Scrutiny heightens as icare battles criticism

27 July 2020

It’s been a tough first five years for NSW insurer icare, and scrutiny is continuing to rise as it battles to convince regulators, employers and others involved in workers’ compensation that it is on the right path...

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The pitfalls of prophecy in a fast-changing world

20 July 2020

The speed of the pandemic crisis and its impact on global insurance is complex and controversial. And predicting the outcome of a swiftly changing series of events can have unfortunate consequences...

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'Toughest in 17 years': brokers lift lid on renewals

13 July 2020

What do you get when you mix one of the worst Australian catastrophe seasons on record with a global pandemic?...

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Chubb’s TV hell: victims and villains, or smoke and mirrors?

6 July 2020

A late-night message to insuranceNEWS.com.au’s Facebook page suggested something was up...

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Digital or bust: the now and the next for Australian insurers

29 June 2020

By Marianne Hutchinson, Insurance Lead, Accenture Australia and New Zealand...

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Forcing change: could insurers do more to influence climate policy?

22 June 2020

As fossil fuel pressure campaigns continue to build, and insurers withdraw cover in the context of a hardening market, brokers with affected clients are hitting back...

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Beyond the virus: new risks emerge as world changes

15 June 2020

Coronavirus upheavals may have turned the world upside down in the past few months but Swiss Re’s Sonar report finds new technologies and the shift toward lower-carbon solutions remain key drivers of emerging risks...

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Demanding better: code committee calls out failings

1 June 2020

Despite the Hayne royal commission and regulators hammering home messages about trust, culture and customer focus, a report by the General Insurance Code Governance Committee suggests that for some the message still isn’t sinking in...

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Insurance by subscription in a post-pandemic world

25 May 2020

Over the past few months COVID-19 has brought waves of uncertainty and disruption to just about every industry in the world, and the insurance industry is no exception...

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A messy business: court action looms over BI wording

18 May 2020

As wrestling over coronavirus business interruption coverage, or the lack of it, ramped up in the US and UK, the Australian insurance industry was able to watch from a position of relative comfort...

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Home truths on the future of work

11 May 2020

The Federal Government has outlined clear plans to awaken the economy from its virus-induced slumber by July – with workers returning to office environments a key part of measures designed to bring back a level of normality...

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