Articles by Andrea Wells

Wholesale Associations NAPSLO, AAMGA Merging to Form WSIA

Things are moving forward for a new insurance industry trade association for the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines insurance industry. The new Wholesale and Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) is being formed by the proposed merger of the National Association of …

Political Talk Hurting Job Performance

Don’t talk politics – it might hurt your on-the-job performance. That’s what a new survey by the American Psychological Association revealed, which found that American workers are more likely to say they are feeling stressed and less productive because of …

In Denial Over Disruptive Technologies

There’s an apparent lack of awareness among many risk professionals on existing and emerging technologies, including telematics, sensors, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart buildings and robotics, and their associated risks, according to the survey report by Marsh and the …

Commercial Auto – The Long Road to Profitability

The commercial auto market has a long road ahead to reach profitability after five consecutive years of underwriting losses from 2011-2015. While many insurers upped rates in 2016, the year appears to be coming in with another significant underwriting loss. …

What to Know About Insuring Fairs, Festivals and Other Special Events

The world of fairs and festivals has evolved well beyond the pie judging, chili cook-off, apple bobbing days of the traditional county fair. Today, there’s an event for nearly every hobby, interest or culture imaginable. For 65 years, underwriters at …

What Young Agents Like and Don’t Like

Overall, young agents seem happy with their career choice. They enjoy the freedom and challenges that come with the job of an independent agent. That’s acording to the 2017 Young Agents Survey where nearly 600 young agents nationwide shared their …

Social Services Agencies, and Insurers, Looking to Grow

This is shaping up to be a watershed year for nonprofit and social service organizations. Major changes loom, especially with the new Trump Administration that is aiming to slash federal spending. The organizations are adjusting by turning more to private …

Young Agents on Overcoming Obstacles

This issue of Insurance Journal features exclusive results from the 2017 Young Agents Survey where nearly 600 young agents nationwide shared their views on the industry and their experience as an agent. (see page 20). Overall, young agents seem happy …

Forget Insurtech. What About Us? Young Agents Speak Out in Annual Survey Report

Young agents want more tech tools to compete. With so much attention lavished on insurtech startups that vow to replace them, young insurance agents feel they are being shortchanged in the race to invest in insurance technology. Just give them …

Young Agents Enjoy Career Choice But Worry About Future Hiring

Despite sentiments about technology lags, the vast majority of young agents responding to Insurance Journal’s 2017 Young Agents Survey believe strongly that their career choice was the right one. The survey found that 82.1 percent of young agents consider insurance …