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Top 5 Professional Liability Issues for Accountants to Watch in 2015

As insurers look to 2015, they need to be aware of the evolving exposures within their clients’ professions to help avoid professional liability claims. The following is a list of five top areas of concern that we are advising CPA …

6 Juicy Excuses for Why Your Agency Didn’t Grow Last Year

It’s a brand new year. Hopefully last year’s numbers were where you wanted them to be: solid growth, increased revenue and expenses under control. But for those agencies that didn’t add to their book, there’s always an excuse or six. …

E&O Insights: Key E&S Issues Agencies Need to Know

Regardless of whether the market is hard or soft, for agencies to be successful will typically require that they have an active, ongoing relationship with at least a couple of excess and surplus lines (E&S) wholesalers. The E&S industry has …

Google Poised to Enter U.S. Auto Insurance Market

Giant search engine Google, which already offers auto insurance online in the United Kingdom, could soon be selling auto insurance online in the United States. Google Compare Auto Insurance Services Inc., its online auto insurance shopper, has been licensed to …

2015 Insurance Industry Meetings & Conventions Directory

Welcome to Insurance Journal’s 2015 Insurance Industry Meetings and Conventions Directory. The information in this directory is taken from a larger database containing additional information on these and other meetings, including industry-related seminars, conferences and workshops. The online Insurance Journal …

Insurance Policies – Too Clever by Half

I recently bought one of the new airline travel insurance policies. I’m on planes all the time visiting agencies and speaking across the country, so this new product appealed greatly to me. Many of my flights suffer lengthy delays and …

When It Comes to Mobile for Independent Agents It’s the App that Counts

Have agents reached a tipping point when it comes to making their services accessible with a smartphone? Some believe the independent agent still has time to adapt. Others argue that those who wait will be run over by competitors – …

ACE to Buy Fireman’s Fund Personal Lines; Famous Brand Fading Away

On Dec. 18, Allianz Group announced that it would sell the U.S. personal lines business of its Fireman’s Fund unit to ACE for $365 million by means of renewal rights arrangement. The merger of the personal lines business with ACE …

Many Hispanic Renters Overestimate Cost of Insurance

Almost half (43 percent) of Hispanics without renters insurance think they cannot afford it but they overestimate the cost, a new survey shows. Eighty-eight percent of respondents in the Hispanic market survey by State Farm overestimate what a typical renters …

Labor Woes for a Rebounding Construction Market

With construction activity picking up steam all across the nation, insurers are expressing concern over how the construction sector will meet the growing demand for qualified labor. Insurers are concerned not only with the shortage of new workers but also …

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