Articles by Stephanie K. Jones

Texas Court Denies Insurer’s Reinsurance Tax Break Argument

A Texas appeals court has ruled that an insurer can’t recoup premium taxes reluctantly paid on reinsurance agreements with two public employee self-insured risk pools on the grounds that the risk pools aren’t insurers. In a case appealed from a …

Study: Social Posts Provide Clues to Millennials’ Attitudes

A study of social media posts of millennials — those aged 20 to 35 — found that when this group shares financial concerns online their anxiety decreases significantly even when a purchase or transaction is a completely new experience. To conduct the …

Illinois’ Harper College to Host Zurich’s Apprenticeship Program

A global insurance company is teaming up with a Chicago-area community college to create what they believe is the first-of-its-kind insurance apprenticeship program in the United States and one they hope will become an industry standard in this country for …

Study: Agencies That Use Technology Experience More Growth

A new study shows that insurance agencies that use technology in sales and marketing, managing customer relationships and other sales processes sell up to 43 percent more policies per producer than agencies that rely less heavily on technology. And the …

Windstorm Insurance Bill Stirs Lively Debate in Texas House

Differences of opinion on the never-ending problem of what to do about property insurance along the coast had lawmakers from coastal areas pitted against inland representatives in the waning days of the Texas legislative session. Sides were drawn in a …

Failure of Texas Hail Claim Litigation Bill a Disappointment to Insurers

In the last days of the Texas legislative session an insurance industry-backed measure that proponents said would help rein in litigation related to property insurance claims died in the House of Representatives. Passed by the Senate on April 30, Senate Bill …

Oklahoma, Texas Assessing Damage from Violent May Weather

Even though it meant the commencement of hurricane season, weather-beleaguered Texans are likely pleased that May 2015 has come and gone. Both Texas and Oklahoma were pelted during the month of May with all kinds of violent and deadly weather, …

High-Growth Agencies Build Business Differently: Survey

A survey of high growth insurance firms conducted and released late last year by a Texas-based consultant found that such organizations hire differently and produce business differently than low growth firms. They also make use of specialized skills and research …

Stand-Alone Pollution Insurance Undersold in the Oil Patch

While stand-alone pollution insurance coverage for energy risks is available in the marketplace, more often than not those who need it the most may be unaware it is available or decide not to purchase it. That creates a coverage gap …

Bad Companies Feel Shake Out in Energy Sector the Most

While the per barrel oil price has rebounded somewhat after it plunged to under $45 per barrel in March 2015, the energy industry — and by extension the energy-focused insurance sector — continues to adjust to the impact of the …