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Hanover Insurance Restructures Agency Business; Eyes Specialty Expansion

The Hanover Insurance Group Inc. is making some organizational changes as it implements what its CEO calls its “go-forward business strategy, Hanover 2021” that is focused on growing responsibly, managing volatility and generating strong returns for shareholders. Joseph M. Zubretsky, president …

How Supreme Court Just Made Things Easier for Patent Infringers

The Supreme Court made it easier on Wednesday for U.S. manufacturers to infringe patents held by competitors by manufacturing all but one of the infringing components abroad. The practical consequences could be significant, as could the court’s apparent view that …

With Growth of the Gig Economy, States Rethink How Workers Get Benefits

As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don’t have benefits attached — think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers — cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, …

Investments in Insurtech Expected to ‘Keep Booming’ in 2017: KPMG Report

Investor interest in insurtech is expected “to remain hot across all regions of the world” during 2017, following a strong growth in 2016, according to a report published by KPMG. In the coming year, most insurtech investments likely will focus …

Study Warns on Cumulative Effect of ‘Drip, Drip, Drip’ of Nuisance Flooding

Climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. According to researchers at the University of California, …

QBE Inland Marine Launches Combined Liability Coverage for Motor Carriers

QBE North America, an operating division of global insurer QBE Insurance Group Limited, has launched a new policy for motor carriers that combines both motor truck cargo and logistics liability insurance in one policy.. The Solution for Motor Truck Cargo …

Surprising Facts About Social Security and Medicare

While the era of “alternative facts” dawned in Washington last week, experts from across the ideological spectrum gathered in the capital for a review of real facts about our two most important retirement programs: Social Security and Medicare. The annual …

U.S. Keeps on Motoring, Sets Record of 3.2 Trillion Miles in 2016

Motorists drove a record 3.22 trillion miles (5.2 trillion km) on U.S. roads last year, a 2.8 percent rise from 2015 and the fifth consecutive year of year-over-year increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Motorists logged 263.6 billion …

Starr’s Pittinger Joins ANV Global Services as Underwriting Director

ANV Global Services Inc., the North American managing general underwriter (MGU) owned by AmTrust Financial Services Inc., has appointed James Pittinger to the role of underwriting director. Responsible for the North American MGU business which focuses on management liability and …

How Technology Is Changing Workers’ Compensation

New technologies are improving workers’ compensation programs in everything from communications and training to health care delivery and claims, according to experts. Tom Ryan, market research leader for Marsh’s Workers Compensation Center of Excellence, speaking during a recent Marsh broadcast, …

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