Articles by Andrea Wells

Big Data: It Isn’t Just for Carriers

This is the era of big data and while it’s no surprise that insurance carriers are big players, the fact is that agents and brokers of all sizes also have a growing stake in big data. While the insurance industry …

Hands-Free Distraction

As the city in which I reside – Austin, Texas – gets ready for a new law to come into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, I have been contemplating an investment …

Spouses and Success

How much do you credit your wife or husband with your work performance? Is it really the woman behind the man, or the man behind the woman, making the difference? According to new research from Washington University in St. Louis, …

Best Agency to Work For – Overall

Team Environment Built On Solid Partnership McGriff-Williams Insurance – Gainesville, Florida Teamwork. Respect. Opportunity. Commitment. Those are a few of the words used to describe the atmosphere in the nation’s overall Best Agency to Work For – McGriff-Williams Insurance based …

Insuring Products of the Mind

The rapid growth in patent infringement litigation in 2013 – almost 6,500 cases, or an increase of 25 percent over 2012, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers – might appear to be a strong motivator for at-risk businesses to buy intellectual property insurance. …

Fighting Cybercrime

HSB, a specialty insurer that is part of Munich Re, along with Trail of Bits, a New York cybersecurity firm, recently presented a “Hacker Lab” to provide risk mitigation resources for small business owners. The event showed that cybercriminals view …

Young Male vs. Young Female

When it comes to car crashes there’s a link to one’s gender – at least if you’re young. Gender is often related to what type of severe or fatal crash a young male or young female driver will be involved …

State of the Market: Surplus Lines Bounces Back

The surplus lines industry showed its subpar showing in 2012 was uncharacteristic as it outperformed the overall property/casualty industry once again in 2013. While 2013 was a good year all-round for the P/C industry, it was an even better year …

Mickey Mouse Ideas

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” So, according to the Internet, said high school dropout Walt Disney. As an avid drawer as a kid, then as …

States Still Grappling with Surplus Lines Tax Sharing

Things have changed a bit for the surplus lines industry since the Non-admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, (NRRA) part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform legislation, passed in 2010. The NRRA’s implementation has provided more uniformity in the regulation and …