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Beating Up on Workers’ Comp: Grand Bargain Taking Jabs from Multiple Directions

The state-based workers’ compensation system has stayed on its feet for 100 years in part by being able to defend itself against blows and then counterpunch when necessary. It has shown an ability to reform to fit the economy and …

Young Agents Survey: The Next Generation Steps Up

You can download the PDF of the Young Agents Survey Results for free, compliments of Foremost Insurance Group. The independent insurance agency system is getting older. So much so that the average age of a U.S. insurance agent today is …

Google Takes the Wheel

When Google stepped into the insurance ring last month, the industry took note. Some said agents and the insurance industry should be concerned. Others said Google Compare, as the new service is named, is nothing new in the insurance game …

Hot Markets for 2015

Insurance Journal examined industries experiencing changes and expansions in the past year. Here are the top market sectors that just might deliver hot opportunities for agents and brokers in the property/casualty insurance industry in 2015. Construction Overall, construction might be …

What’s Driving Nonstandard Auto – Technology, Consolidation, Population Changes, Fuel Specialty, Opportunity

The nonstandard auto market is characterized by substandard operating performance. Since 2007, carriers writing nonstandard auto policies have reported deteriorating operating performance and many are struggling to maintain market share. But that hasn’t stopped interest in this large – and …

Best Agency to Work For – Southeast

Pride in Professionalism Peel & Holland – Benton, Kentucky Drivers in western Kentucky outside the college town of Murray are urged to keep their eyes peeled for the billboard that reads, “World Class In Your Hometown.” This billboard is advertising …

Best Agency to Work For – East

Embracing Employee-Oriented Culture BWD Group – Plainview, New York Insurance is a tough, stressful business and it can be a real pressure cooker for agency employees. That’s why the management at BWD Group does all it can to bring a …

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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