Fire safety Issue for apartment towers will have insurance issues

Recently an article appeared in the Melbourne Age about the fire risk that some of the imported insulated panels being installed on high rise residential strata.  I would not be surprised if the material was on some commercial premises as well. The article stated: Removing and replacing combustible cladding in an average highrise building would be a logistical nightmare, and could cost millions of dollars, […]

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Yet more scam emails to be wary of

It appears I am getting at least one scam email a day these days including some coming through LinkedIn. I did not know I had so many wealthy relatives that had died. They are certainly generous leaving me millions when we have never met. The latest scam purports to be from Westpac. Here it is:                     […]

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Video Interview on Conference Insurance

I was interviewed on the popular television show Dollars with Sense. The interview took place in the Melbourne Convention Centre during a trade exhibition and I was asked about the insurance to consider for venue, organisers and the exhibitors. I trust you find the interview between the presenter Dallas Brooks and I of value: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpndoW0t94M 

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A Book Written for Brokers by a Broker

Gemma Gould of MGA Brokers in Sydney has written and published a book for brokers titled BreakThru Brokin, which I thought was a great read and I congratulate Gemma on her work. The Book is written in such a way that the target audience (young inexperienced insurance staff) are amused and engaged: it is an good blend of insurance and sales advice and tips. The book also […]

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US Weather Catastrophe Claims 19 Lives so Far

With 5 weather related catastrophes the industry is dealing with this year already, it was interesting to see that the US has not escaped bad weather. Extreme flooding in parts of Texas and Oklahoma were triggered by a series of thunderstorm clusters, which produced excessive rainfall over the Memorial Day Weekend. As an aside, it has always interested me how many cats like this occur on […]

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Blog Question – Uninsured Tenant

Good afternoon Allan, I trust that you are keeping well. I am pleased to advise you that I have recently subscribed to your Blog and am enjoying receiving & reading your periodical posts. Very informative and useful information. Here’s one for you a question from one of my clients. Hi Simon, Further to our discussion on the 20th April have you any feedback in relation […]

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Please Help a Loss Adjuster with a Great Cause.

Gregory Harris, a Loss Adjuster at Cunningham Lindsey New Zealand, is running for  great cause and  Limited – Major & Complex Loss, is running a full marathon in Christchurch on 31 May 2015 for a very worthwhile cause, Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald charity is a great initiative which has now gone world wide providing genuine assistance to sick children and their families whilst they need […]

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FCA report on UK handling of claims for SME upsetting reading

The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the United Kingdom have released a paper titled “Handling of insurance claims for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and it makes for some upsetting reading. The executive summary includes the following findings:                     The question we have to ask is it any better in our part of the world? If you […]

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Well done to Sportcover on your assistance to small sporting clubs who often otherwise miss out

I have been a bit behind of late due to being on the road delivering training and dealing with all the claims arising from the natural catastrophes. I am slowing getting back to normal and just wanted to say a belated well done to Sportcover. They announced the recipients of the 2014/2015 Sportscover Sponsorship Fund (“SSF”). The winners were: Yarra Pistol Club, Lysterfield, Australia. Wirral Volleyball Club, […]

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Study confirms what my own research revealed about the stress of an Insured handling their own claim

The most recent study results  by published by the Queensland Institute of Technology (“QUT”) titled Flood aftermath linked to post-traumatic stress confirms my own findings about the stress felt by an insured who is attempting to handle their own claim. This latest research was carried out by QUT researcher Kelly Dixon looked at the mental health impacts on victims of the Brisbane 2011 and Mackay 2008 floods. […]

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