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Business Moves

Integro, Design Insurance Agency Insurance brokerage and risk management firm Integro has acquired Design Insurance Agency Inc., a specialist brokerage providing professional liability coverage and risk management services to architects, engineers and other design consultants in private practice. Financial details …

Wildfire in 2015: What to Expect?

The past two years did not result in the amount of wildfire activity that many wildfire scientists, foresters and fire responders had expected. Looking back, the 2013 season had the earmarks of a bad year, with the continued U.S. drought …

Declarations

Bad Geometry “Our current station geometry does not serve eastern Washington well.” —John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington, said following a magnitude-4.3 earthquake that rumbled under Washington’s Cascade Range that a new …

The Best Apps and Why for Independent Agents

There appears to be little dispute among agents about the importance of going mobile, particularly for younger clients who expect it. What’s in doubt, however, is which mobile applications, or apps, make the most sense for agents to use, both …

10 Things to Know About Homeowners

Preliminary figures compiled for homeowners show that insurance companies increased their rates by an average of 2.9 percent nationwide in 2014, while renters insurance rates were up 2.3 percent and condominium insurance rates rose 2.4 percent. This is a reduction …

4 Reasons Direct Mail Should Be Part of Your Plan to Acquire New Customers

As an independent insurance agent you’re an expert in many things. You understand the right questions to ask in order to provide the right level of coverage. You know how to overcome price sensitivity by explaining the lowest price isn’t …

2015 Outlook: Profitable Despite Lower Rates

The commercial property/casualty insurance market should remain stable and profitable in 2015, according to the Wells Fargo Insurance 2015 Insurance Market Outlook. Abundant market capacity and an improving economy have positioned the commercial insurance industry for an extended soft market …

My New Markets

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Google to Face Same Obstacles Selling Insurance Online, Says Overstock’s Byrne

Those now running comparison insurance shopping websites believe that they could be helped if Google enters into the business because the giant search engine could draw more attention to buying insurance online. However, they also believe Google would face the …

2014 Workers’ Comp Rates Ranked by State

The median index rate for workers’ compensation insurance fell to an all-time low in 2014 to $1.85 per $100 of payroll. Index rates in 2014 varied from a low of $0.88 in North Dakota to a high of $3.48 in …

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