Articles by Amy O' Connor

O'Connor is associate editor of MyNewMarkets.com.

Carriers Committed to D&O Segment

Several turbulent years of increased claims, more regulation and additional oversight of directors and officers have not deterred carriers from the directors and officers (D&O) liability segment. As more carriers beef up their policies to address new needs, other newer …

Agribusiness Insurance Segment Stable, Yet Selective

Crop insurance and farm bill debates have dominated the news headlines and led to uncertainty and frustration for many farm and ranchers, but insurance experts in the agribusiness industry say the property/casualty segment of this market has actually remained stable …

Technology’s Opening a Whole New World of Agent E&O Exposures

Those in the insurance industry have another errors and omission (E&O) risk to consider these days, and they have technology to thank for it. Anyone in the insurance industry that possesses, stores, transmits or disposes of customers’ personal information has …

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Emerges From 2013 As a Serious Player

Last year was quite a year for Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) – or half of a year, anyway. Since opening its doors for business in June 2013 with much fanfare, the new venture has gone from four to nearly …

Plymouth Rock, Bunker Hill Offer Combined Home, Auto Coverage to Massachusetts AARP Members

The senior citizen organization American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has chosen Boston-based Plymouth Rock Assurance and its affiliated Bunker Hill Insurance to issue auto and home insurance products for AARP members in Massachusetts, starting this month. The new AARP …

When Coverage Isn’t Enough: Managing Risk a Challenge for Insureds

Companies of all types and sizes are facing increased risks, but many are not putting adequate programs in place to manage those risks, according to a Zurich-sponsored study by Forbes Insights. As a result, companies are suffering financial losses from …

Insurance Kiosks the Wave of the Future?

Milk …check; eggs … check; bread … check; car insurance …what? Most grocery lists don’t typically read this way, but Nashville, Tenn.-based Direct Auto Insurance Co. is now offering another way to purchase personal auto insurance that could change the …

New Programs, Flexibility Help Contractor Segment Rebuild

Those that specialize in the contractors and builders segment say a lot has changed in this class since 2007. The recession forced the insurance industry to be flexible and creative when it came to insuring this class, just as it …

Insurance Kiosks the Wave of the Future?

Milk…check; Eggs…check; Bread…check; Car insurance…wait, what? Most Americans’ grocery lists don’t typically read this way, but a new approach to selling personal auto insurance from Nashville-based, Direct Auto Insurance Co., could change the way consumers buy their coverage. The company, …

Product Recall Capacity Needed for Life Sciences Segment

The life sciences industry has seen a dramatic increase in product recalls, and while insurance capacity for the life sciences industry generally has been increasing, insurers have been wary about offering more product recall coverage to the segment. As of …