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Top 50 Personal Lines Leaders

The 2016 Personal Lines Leaders in this report are taken from Insurance Journal’s Top 100 Property/Casualty Independent Agencies as reported in August. This list utilizes only the 2015 personal lines numbers of the independent agencies and brokerages that submitted data …

Delaware Elects Navarro as Insurance Commissioner

Delaware has elected New Castle County Sheriff, Trinidad Navarro, as its next insurance commissioner. Navarro won the race against Republican Jeff Cragg and is set to succeed Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart. “For too long, Delaware insurance consumers have not had …

Michigan Utility Cyber-Ransom Attack Response Totals $2.4 Million

Officials say the Lansing Board of Water & Light in Michigan paid a $25,000 ransom to unlock its internal communications systems after they were disabled in the spring by a cyberattack. General manager Dick Peffley told the Lansing State Journal …

Agents Vie to Become American Modern’s ‘Most Confident’

An Ohio-based property/casualty insurer experimenting with gamification to educate agents on its specialized products and services is finding that it is learning a lot about its agent force in the process. American Modern Insurance Group, in the final stages of its …

Tech Talk: Insurtech Competition and New Cyber Security Threats Pose Increased Challenges

Having just returned from the combined meetings of the Agents Council for Technology (ACT) and the ACORD conference earlier this month, I am struck with two lasting impressions. First, those in the industry who dismissed the rise of the so-called …

P/C Insurance Execs See Growth Coming from Technology Innovation, New Products

Technology innovation will provide the biggest growth opportunities for reinsurers in the year ahead, according to a survey by Guy Carpenter & Co. The survey polled executives from insurance and reinsurance companies, asking them to identify the top opportunities and …

How Independent Agents Feel About Growth, Technology and Disruption

Property/casualty independent insurance agents are more optimistic this year than they were in 2015. Nearly half (49 percent) of agencies responding to an industry survey say they are “very optimistic” about the future success of their agency compared to just …

Advising Senior Living Residential Clients on Sexual Expression Policies

Samantha Jones of “Sex and the City” is probably a few decades away from moving into a senior living community. Nevertheless, the topic of sexual expression in senior living communities is a resident matter that should be recognized and addressed …

The Wedge: The Brutal Journey of a Newly Appointed Agency Sales Manager

Yes, I’m stuck in the middle with you And I’m wondering what it is I should do It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face, Losing control, and I’m all over the place Clowns to the left of me, jokers to …

Rising Earthquake Risks and Oklahoma’s Insurance Market

The 5.0 magnitude earthquake that struck near the oil and gas storage hub of Cushing, Oklahoma, on Nov. 6 put the nation on alert to the vulnerability of the country’s oil reserves to the significant increase in seismic activity in …

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