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5/21/2018

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is now flowing into the Pacific Ocean and thereby generating a steam cloud that contains hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles, posing the risk of respiratory, skin and other problems for people nearby. The lava flows have led to the first major injury on Saturday, when molten rock struck a man in the leg.

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TIME online
5/21/2018

Americans have an average of $84,821 saved for retirement, with a third of baby boomers having $25,000 or less, according to Northwestern Mutual's 2018 Planning & Progress Study. The study found that 66% of Americans believe they'll outlive their savings, and 78% are either "somewhat" or "extremely" concerned about having enough money for their retirement years.

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5/21/2018

Research by SmartAsset revealed four simple steps advisors can take to turn prospects into clients. Tactics shared by top closers include taking action within a week of receiving leads and reaching out to prospects outside of normal business hours.

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5/21/2018

Federal data show that school buses have key advantages in terms of safety, but an expert says the buses are not designed to adequately absorb a side-impact crash such as Thursday's collision that killed a student and teacher in New Jersey. Lap seat belts are mandatory on school buses in New Jersey, but the state does not require the buses to have shoulder seat belts, as recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board.

5/21/2018

Direct premiums written in the US cyberinsurance market in 2017 totaled nearly $1.8 billion, a 32% increase, while policies in force totaled 2.6 million, a 24% increase, A.M. Best says in a report. Small and midsize enterprises are slower to purchase cyberinsurance policies, but the market is nonetheless "a positive opportunity for insurers," the report says.

5/21/2018

A Marsh report shows an average increase in commercial insurance rates in the first quarter, after pricing has fallen quarterly for more than four years. Catastrophes that occurred in 2017 have contributed to a 2.7% average rate increase in property lines in Q1, while casualty lines' average pricing decreased 1.7%, Marsh says.

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5/21/2018

Artificial intelligence is taking over certain human tasks at an increased rate but risks accompany the benefits of automation, writes John Begley with Xceedance. "There are numerous reasons why organizations should still be carefully evaluating options, being diligent, and proceeding with pilots rather than enterprise-wide implementations," he writes.

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PropertyCasualty360
5/21/2018

Workers' compensation transactions can benefit from increased efficiency through the use of blockchain, Paul Meeusen with Swiss Re and B3i said at an insurance industry event. Blockchain can bolster efficiency in collecting data and security in sharing it among insurers, reinsurers, policyholders and the capital markets, Meeusen said.

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5/21/2018

An estimated $17.3 billion will be in the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund to assist private insurers with hurricane claims payouts this year. The state can assess an insurance policy surcharge to bring more money into the fund if it falls short.

5/21/2018

Lloyd Lofton of 7 Figure Sales Tools discusses insights gleaned from the LIMRA and Life Happens Insurance Barometer Study, which he contends can help agents decide which concerns to focus on when selling life insurance. For example, the 2017 barometer showed concerns about estate planning and health insurance were on the decline, while concerns about long-term care and financial security of dependents were on the rise.

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