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Insurer invokes financial hardship policy
ELIZA BAVIN  |  MONDAY, 11 MAY 2020
One of Australia's life insurers has taken a range of measures to assist customers who have been negatively affected by the effects of COVID-19.
Frontline worker death nominations spike
ELIZA BAVIN  |  THURSDAY, 7 MAY 2020
The chief executive of Catholic Super and Equipsuper has shared new data revealing a sharp increase in enquiries on life insurance and updates to death nominations for essential workers.
Insurtech investments down 54% in March quarter
KANIKA SOOD  |  THURSDAY, 7 MAY 2020
Life insurance startups saw their share of total and early-stage funding to insurtechs shrink, as total investment in the sector dropped in the March quarter.
Almost $1bn wiped off risk market
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  WEDNESDAY, 6 MAY 2020
Overall risk insurance market inflows declined in 2019 breaking what was a decades long history of increases, year on year they were down by 4.5%.
COVID-19 drives Aussies to check exemptions
HARRISON WORLEY  |  THURSDAY, 30 APR 2020
In one of the most tragic of COVID-19 consequences, the pandemic is driving Australians to ask their life insurers whether their policies cover them for suicide, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economic has heard.
Life insurers prepare for grilling
HARRISON WORLEY  |  FRIDAY, 24 APR 2020
Key players in Australia's life insurance sector are preparing to face a grilling by parliamentarians via videoconference next week.
Risk advisers under fire
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  THURSDAY, 23 APR 2020
This week's joint report from ASIC and APRA into life insurance and claims handling found superior consumer outcomes for group life insurance, leading a prolific law firm to suggest risk advisers add little to no value.
COVID-19 to push life premiums up: Rice Warner
HARRISON WORLEY  |  WEDNESDAY, 8 APR 2020
Latest Rice Warner analysis shows the COVID-19 crisis is hitting an already suffering life insurance industry, hard. To survive, the industry will need to change.
How PYS changes caused 34% premium hikes
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  THURSDAY, 2 APR 2020
Significant hikes in group insurance premiums have been put down to the Protecting Your Super reforms - with members of four superannuation funds facing premium increases of 34%.
Challenger shuffles life portfolio asset allocations
KANIKA SOOD  |  MONDAY, 30 MAR 2020
Challenger Life has tilted its investment portfolio away from equities and sub-investment grade fixed income and towards more liquid assets, as COVID-19 sparks volatility in most asset classes.
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