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10 Things to Know About Commercial Property

Prices for commercial property insurance fell during the second quarter of 2014, marking the first time in three years that property prices fell, according to a recent Towers Watson survey. The survey showed that over half of commercial property respondents …

How Brokers Use Big Data

‘Data enables us to be customer-centric, enhancing the customer experience by personalizing every touch point specific to that customer. We are able to discern behavior patterns, build behavioral models based on customer profiles, and leverage consumer touch points to help …

My New Markets

My New Markets is brought to you by Insurance Journal’s sister website: www.mynewmarkets.com Need a Market? Find it. FAST. Miscellaneous E&O Program Market Detail: Professional Liability Insurance Services Inc.‘s SBE miscellaneous E&O program features a claims-made and reported form for …

P/C Direct Premium Written Up 5.2% in First-Half of 2014

Direct premium written (DPW) for property/casualty insurance companies continues to increase, albeit 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 aggregately increased 4.1 …

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 …

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 …

Surplus Lines Rate Hikes to Slow As Competition Grows

Two insurance rating entities see slowing rate increases for the surplus lines segment in the coming months as competition grows. Moody’s Investors Service said that the U.S. excess and surplus lines sector is experiencing growth and strong profitability, thanks to …

America’s Best Independent Agencies to Work For

The votes were tallied and the results are in for the 2014 Best Independent Insurance Agency to Work For survey by Insurance Journal. The owners of the Best Agencies to Work For in 2014 highlight different programs or benefits depending …

Best Agency to Work For – West

Aloha Bolton Best in West Bolton & Co. – Pasadena, California Say aloha for the best agency in the Western U.S. to work for. A skeptic might say that Pasadena, Calif.-based Bolton & Co. essentially bribed its employees to love …

Best Agency to Work For – South Central

All About the People Higginbotham – Fort Worth, Texas The Best in Texas. That is both the goal and the operational philosophy of this year’s winner of Insurance Journal’s Best Agency to Work For: South Central. Fort Worth-based Higginbotham is …

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