GEICO launches separate jewelry insurance policy

insurancebusinessmag | July 08, 2019

GEICO has launched a new insurance product that can help consumers better protect their jewelry.The insurer has teamed up with Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group to offer a separate jewelry insurance policy. The policy covers the entire value of a piece of jewelry or entire collection in the case of loss, damage or theft. A release explained that the premium for the coverage costs about 1-2% of the item’s total value each year.

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The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (The Council) is pleased to release its fourth biannual Cyber Insurance Market Watch Survey. The survey, which consisted of 16 questions designed to provide insights into the burgeoning cyber insurance market, creates a snapshot of the market allowing us to monitor changes and trends. Since the formation of this survey in 2015, we have seen many positive developments in the market. When it comes to purchasing cyber insurance, clients are beginning to ask the right questions as they become more familiar with the risk. We have also seen a steady increase in take-up rates among clients and prices continue to stabilize. As brokers become more experienced with cyber exposures, they are growing their knowledge of this new breed of risk and playing an increasingly crucial role in both cyber risk mitigation and post-event response.

Spotlight

The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (The Council) is pleased to release its fourth biannual Cyber Insurance Market Watch Survey. The survey, which consisted of 16 questions designed to provide insights into the burgeoning cyber insurance market, creates a snapshot of the market allowing us to monitor changes and trends. Since the formation of this survey in 2015, we have seen many positive developments in the market. When it comes to purchasing cyber insurance, clients are beginning to ask the right questions as they become more familiar with the risk. We have also seen a steady increase in take-up rates among clients and prices continue to stabilize. As brokers become more experienced with cyber exposures, they are growing their knowledge of this new breed of risk and playing an increasingly crucial role in both cyber risk mitigation and post-event response.

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