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The Hartford Joins Agents’ Trusted Choice Website for Small Commercial Lines

The Trusted Choice.com website has snagged a leading agency system insurer to help independent agencies sell more small business policies online. The Hartford has joined the TrustedChoice.com online commercial insurance platform backed by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of …

Single Engineer for Trains a Tough Sell Following Amtrak Crash

The Amtrak crash that killed eight people this month raised questions of the safety of one-engineer trains, thwarting the idea of reducing freight crews for now, Union Pacific Corp. Chief Executive Officer Lance Fritz said. While cargo operators would save …

Bad Attitude: Cynical Employees Earn Less Than Others

Holding cynical beliefs about others may have a negative effect on one’s income, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “While previous research has associated cynicism with detrimental outcomes across a wide range of spheres of life, including …

Scott, Baskam Join Ridge Insurance

Insurance industry veterans Adrian Scott and John Baskam have joined Ridge Insurance Solutions, the managing agency started by Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania governor and ex-secretary of Homeland Security. Scott joins as executive vice president and chief underwriting officer and Baskam …

Why Law Firms Like Facebook to Track Down Medical Victims

For ambulance chasers, persistence and a phone book just don’t cut it anymore. Law firms, which once relied on television commercials, billboards, and cold calling numbers in the white pages to find plaintiffs for medical lawsuits, have begun to embrace technology. To …

Google Compare and ITC in Online Partnership That Brings Agents into Mix

Google Compare is using a rating system provided by Insurance Technologies Corp., the Carrollton, Texas-based software provider announced Wednesday. In making the announcement ITC’s top executive said it’s a move that will keep agents involved in the online search for auto …

Main Street America Names Randle as Director of Distribution

The Main Street America Group has appointed Dave Randle as director of distribution management. He replaces Chris Cox, who was recently named president of Main Street America’s new Florida Region. Randle will be responsible for developing the distribution strategy with …

V3 Launches Community Association Package Program

V3 Insurance Partners LLC has launched V3 CAPP+, a new package program for condominium & homeowner associations, cooperative apartments and office condominium associations. V3 CAPP+ is backed by Hiscox Insurance Co., Inc. The multi-line policy is designed to cover the …

NOAA Predicts Quiet-ish Atlantic Hurricane Season

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal. But that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy, say the weather experts at the center, which is part of the National …

Wall Street Doesn’t Like Obama Plan on Retirement Brokers’ Fiduciary Duty

The head of Wall Street’s self-regulator criticized the Obama administration’s effort to impose stricter standards on brokers who manage retirement accounts, saying the rule would make it difficult for smaller investors to get advice. In a speech Wednesday, Financial Industry …

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