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Insurance Journal Co-Sponsors MarshBerry Market & Financial Survey

How are agencies targeting new business today? Will historical growth rates be sustainable? And just how much do agencies need to reinvest to achieve desired growth and enable perpetuation? These are some of the questions that a new industry survey …

Extended Deadline to Enter for Insurance Journal Top 100

Don’t miss out on your chance to become one of Insurance Journal’s Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agencies. PLUS, now there’s an opportunity to be considered as Tomorrow’s Top 100 – these are growing agencies just outside the Top 100 ranking …

Agents React to Walmart, Overstock in Insurance: ‘We Aren’t Dead or Dying, We are Evolving’

Recent announcements by giant retailers Walmart and Overstock.com that they entering the insurance sales game have elicited a healthy response from the insurance industry. Some agents have expressed concern and frustration at the notion that their way of doing business …

Is Yours a Top 100 Property/Casualty Independent Agency?

Find out by submitting your entry for the 2014 Insurance Journal Top Property/Casualty Agencies Listing. There are four ways to qualify: 1. Top 100 Independent P/C Agencies 2. Top Commercial Lines Independent Agencies 3. Top Personal Lines Independent Agencies and …

What Makes Agents Switch Carriers: Channel Harvest Research

Most independent insurance agents stick with their top personal lines and commercial lines companies for years, although they are less-than-satisfied in a number of carrier-performance areas. This is among the many findings in a new national survey of agents conducted …

PIA, Floodbroker.com Offer Agents Flood Insurance Sales Tool

The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has formed a partnership with Floodbroker.com that allows agents to sell flood insurance. Through PIA’s exclusive partnership, PIA members’ clients and prospects will be able to learn about their flood risks and …

How Policies Respond When Buying or Selling an Agency

It’s rare to read an industry magazine or attend an industry conference without the topic of mergers and acquisitions coming up. The issues addressed typically include the cost of acquisitions, tax implications, systems matters, when a consultant is needed and …

Why Some Young Agents Chose Insurance as a Career

The call to become an insurance agent is different for everyone. For Matthew Ostrow the call to become an independent agent came via social media. Thirty-year old Ostrow entered insurance just five months ago after a recruiting firm contacted him …

Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #60

Quality of Quotes. Sometimes in the hurry hurry world of the CSR or producer, an insured will request quotes for certain coverages. Whether they do so as a result of the agency using a coverage checklist or simply the client’s …

Willis to Relocate 3,500 Workers after Profit Misses Estimates

Willis Group Holdings Plc plans to eliminate jobs and relocate 3,500 employees, or about 16 percent of its workforce, after reporting first-quarter earnings that missed analysts’ estimates.   The moves will yield $420 million in cost savings through 2017 and …