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Environmental Liabilities in Europe: Changing Times

Historically, U.S. companies doing business in Europe weren’t likely to list environmental litigation among their major concerns. While the United States has boasted a robust regulatory environment for some time, Europe has traditionally been perceived as lagging behind – but …

Evolving Regulation and Its Impact on Insurers’ M&A Strategies

It appears that the insurance industry is having an easier time emerging from the financial crisis than entering the new regulatory environment, particularly as it relates to nonorganic growth. With increasingly healthy balance sheets, insurers face what may historically be …

Getting Local with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), established in 1994, helps communities by uniting the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Since its inception, IICF has contributed more than $23.5 million in grants to local …

Do You Need an Agency Manager?

Congratulations! You are an excellent salesperson and your business is growing. You first hired a customer service representative (CSR) to support you as you added new business. You might have brought on a part-time bookkeeper. Sales continued to grow. Next, …

Making Giving Work: How to Get the Most From Charitable Donations

Most companies want to support charitable and civic organizations and causes. At the same time, the stream of donation requests can be overwhelming, particularly because no one likes saying no. Plus, the pressure comes from all sides – customers, politicians, …

MyNewMarkets

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P/C Direct Premium Written Up 4.6 Percent

Direct premium written (DPW) for property/casualty insurance companies continues to increase gradually. At year-end 2013, nearly $545 billion of DPW was reported, a record-high for the industry. For 2013, total DPW for all P/C insurers increased 4.1 percent over 2012, …

The Spirit of Life: P/C Insurance Industry Helps Find a Cure for Cancer

The past year will be remembered as a special year for the City of Hope and its insurance industry supporters. The industry, which has been supporting the cancer treatment and research center for 36 years, broke all fundraising records in …

Declarations

Innocence Lost … Again “New GM was not born innocent.” —Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne wants civil penalties of $10,000 for each of the hundreds of thousands of GM vehicles sold in the state in violation of consumer-fraud law. Arizona became …

How Agents and Brokers Help Communities Worldwide

Jeans Fridays Indiana-based Black & Ramer Insurance supports a program called Jeans Friday. On Fridays, employees wear jeans and donate to a different charity each month. The owners then match what employees donate for the month. They love to keep …

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