Editor’s Note

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 …

Spouses and Success

How much do you credit your wife or husband with your work performance? Is it really the woman behind the man, or the man behind the woman, making the difference? According to new research from Washington University in St. Louis, …

Fighting Cybercrime

HSB, a specialty insurer that is part of Munich Re, along with Trail of Bits, a New York cybersecurity firm, recently presented a “Hacker Lab” to provide risk mitigation resources for small business owners. The event showed that cybercriminals view …

Young Male vs. Young Female

When it comes to car crashes there’s a link to one’s gender – at least if you’re young. Gender is often related to what type of severe or fatal crash a young male or young female driver will be involved …

Mickey Mouse Ideas

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” So, according to the Internet, said high school dropout Walt Disney. As an avid drawer as a kid, then as …

Top 100 and More

This year marks the 10th annual publication of Insurance Journal‘s Top 100 Independent P/C Agencies report. In our effort to identify the nation’s leading privately-held independent property/casualty insurance agencies a few things have changed, while others have remained the same. …

Celebrity Value

Have you considered hiring a local celebrity to help promote your insurance organization? Would it be worth the cost and effort? Would it help consumers to remember your name? Some researchers think so but only if the celebrity is a …

Firing Fears

Injured workers who suffer from anxiety over fears of being fired exhibit poorer return-to-work outcomes than those that trust their employers not to fire them. Trust in the workplace is one of the more important predictors of workers’ comp outcomes, …

Look Beyond Salary

Many Americans who leave their jobs to improve their financial situation fail to consider their total compensation package when making the decision, according to a consumer survey. The survey by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) found that many …

A Quiet Revolution

Technology will not replace all agents and brokers but it will force agents, brokers and carriers to adjust how they handle consumers’ preferences. That’s according to the latest sigma study by Swiss Re, “Digital distribution in insurance: a quiet revolution.” …

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