Commercial Lines News

Willis UK, AIG Launch Automatically Renewing Policy for Mid-Market

Willis Group Holdings and American International Group, Inc. have launched “Evergreen,” described as “an innovative, new approach to insurance that removes the need for annual policy renewal – the first UK mid-market offering with no renewal date that covers major …

UK Broker Market ‘Stagnant;’ M&A, but No Real Growth: Finaccord Study

Two new research studies issued by market research firm Finaccord put a value of £4.64 billion [$7.234 billion] on the size of the total non-life insurance broking market in the UK in 2014, up marginally from £4.55 billion [$7.09 billion] …

U.S. Power Grid Attack Could Cause $70 Billion in Insurance Losses: Lloyd’s Report

A cyber attack on the U.S. power grid in the Northeast would have far-reaching implications including the loss of lives, economic losses of as much as a trillion dollars, the disruption of water supplies and transportation, and potentially more than …

Commercial Insurance Prices Remain Static for Fourth Month: MarketScout

Commercial insurance rates have barely budged at all over the last four months, according to the MarketScout report for June. Only the business interruption line saw rates go down in June from the previous month and those were only down …

ACE to Acquire Chubb in $28.3 Billion Deal

In a major transaction, ACE Limited has agreed to acquire The Chubb Corp. for $28.3 billion in cash and stock. The balance sheet’s size and strength will elevate the combined company into the elite group of global P/C insurers. As …

How the Insurance Industry Is Using Google Glass

Improved customer service may be just one benefit insurers could see by using Google Glass in their operations. Michael Clifton, vice president of Insurance for Cognizant, described some of the benefits in the company’s white paper last year, “Google Glass: …

Cell Phone Notifications Drive More Distraction: Study

Driver distraction could happen even when the driver isn’t using their cell phone. That’s according to a new study by Florida State University that found just receiving a notification on a cell phone can cause enough of a distraction to …

MacNeill Group Selected to Grow Commercial Property and Casualty Business

Sunrise, FL, February 27, 2015 – MacNeill Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Team Focus Insurance Group (Team Focus), and a licensed managing general agent (MGA) specializing in commercial, personal, transportation and flood lines of property and casualty (P&C) insurance, is …

Western Security Surplus Enlists Tania V. Strickland to Head New San Antonio Office

Plano, TX, February 23, 2015- Kyle Stevens, President/CEO of WSS announced that the company has hired Tania Strickland as a new Senior Broker and Regional Vice President. Strickland will be heading a new Central Texas office located in San Antonio, …

Agent-Broker Profitability Reaches Record 21% for 2014: Reagan Consulting

Agent-broker profitability reached 21 percent for 2014, a new record for the Reagan Consulting Organic Growth and Profitability (OGP) survey that began tracking profitability for agencies in 2008. That median profitability for EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) …