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Later in this email, Clark explains why you shouldn’t “just say yes” to huge insurance premium increases.

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🚘️ These Auto Insurance Increases Can Dent Your Budget If You Allow It

The fact that auto and home insurance premiums are reaching unfathomable levels isn’t new.

However, the exact numbers are shocking.

State Farm just suffered a net loss of $6.3 billion in 2023 after losing $6.7 billion in 2022. It’s no wonder these companies are getting aggressive about finding more revenue.

The average auto insurance increased by 20.3% in 2023.

Remember, states regulate the rate increases that insurance companies are allowed to pursue. According to Clark, a lot of state insurance departments are “captive regulators” who “are not impartial … they’re allies of the insurance industry.”

Recently, the L.A. Times reported on the following approved average premium increases for auto insurance in California:

  • Allstate: +30%

  • State Farm: +21%

  • Geico: +12.8%

“The numbers are from California. It will vary state by state. But it’s a proxy for the country,” Clark says.

“You can have no at-faults and no changes to your driving record and you can have an increase as high as 55% at Allstate.”

The entire industry is facing the same trend. But not in equal intensity. So remember you’re not a sitting duck and comparison shop if your insurance provider wants you to swallow a giant price increase.

📊 Stat of the Day

💸 $1.8 million: Illegal stock gains that a BP manager’s husband made when working from home and eavesdropping on his wife’s work call about an upcoming acquisition. His wife was unaware but got fired anyway. She divorced him and he faces up to five years in prison for insider trading in addition to fines.

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