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New Association for Insurance Agency Networks Forming

An insurance industry lender is among those touting a new association for insurance agency networks. The lender, Live Oak Bancshares Inc., says it will not have ownership in the new group, Insurance Networks Alliance (INA), but will be an ongoing …

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Surplus Lines Association Backed Bill

Assembly Bill 1641, legislation offered and lobbied by the Surplus Line Association of California that is designed to give the California Department of Insurance more flexibility in deciding which coverages to add to the Export List, was signed into law …

Workers’ Compensation Costs and Benefits Decline as a Share of Payroll: Study

Workers’ compensation employer costs as a share of payroll declined in 2015, reversing a four-year trend. Meanwhile, benefits as a share of payroll fell for the fourth straight year, according to a new report from the National Academy of Social …

Midwest High on List of States with Most Animal-Vehicle Collisions

Motorists are more likely to crash into a deer in five Midwest states than in most other states, according to State Farm’s annual ranking of states in terms of the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions. The insurer uses claims data and …

Driver Concerns Over the Future of Autonomous Vehicles: AIG Study

Safety of the vehicles, including the risk of hacking, are key concerns when it comes to autonomous vehicles, according to a study by American International Group Inc. on the whether or not Americans accept or reject driverless cars on the …

SILVER Best Agency to Work For – Esser Hayes Insurance Group

One of the hallmarks of Esser Hayes Insurance Group is that its employees tend to stick around for a long, long time — not because they have to but because they find the agency to be a challenging, fun and …

The Growing Cannabis Industry and Captive Insurance

Across America, the tides are turning in favor of the cannabis industry. While the federal government continues its policy of prohibition, most U.S. states have legalized cannabis to some extent. This rapid shift has created an explosion of revenue in …

Kansas Residents Continue Fight Against Saltwater Injection Wells

Kansas residents are broadening the fight over an oil-related waste disposal well in Flint Hills into a protest of similar wells across several counties. Residents of Chase, Morris and other counties known for open pastures and tallgrass ecology lost efforts …

Build a Personal Brand

There is a talent gap looming ahead for the insurance industry. It’s possible that more than half of the professionals in today’s industry are 50 years old or more. It’s expected a large portion of those professionals will retire in …

The Complicated Risk Exposures of Property Managers and Investors

What you hear on the radio and TV about “flipping,” renting, or managing residential or commercial properties and reality are two different worlds. The lives of property managers and real estate investors are far more complicated than what’s seen on …

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