Dr. Robert Hartwig News

Various Factors Contributing to Stability in Property/Casualty Insurance Market

The federal terrorism risk insurance backstop, in place in one form or another since 2002, will likely be reauthorized by Congress, and in the absence of a major catastrophe — man-made or otherwise — the current stability in the property/casualty …

Oklahoma, Texas Had Costliest Natural Disasters in 2013: Hartwig

The Oklahoma tornadoes of May 2013 not only caused significant loss of life but also contributed to its designation last year as the costliest state for natural disaster related insurance payouts, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “Oklahoma’s policyholders …

Twenty Years Later Big Lesson From Northridge Quake Lost

Twenty years ago today a big one hit the Los Angeles area, killing several people and injuring thousands, damaging tens of thousands of properties, shutting down businesses, putting out of operation some of the nation’s busiest freeways and radically changing …

Big Brains at Big ‘I’, Insurance Information Institute Give Their Take on 2014

Most economists are upbeat about next year, but just what does that mean for insurance agents in 2014? For independent agents 2013 was a year in which one entity forecasted their eventual demise, and for the rest of the business …

TRIA Debate Heats Up with Charge ‘Nervous Nelly’ P/C Insurers Enjoy $7B ‘Subsidy’

A consumer advocacy group says the property/casualty insurance industry has been getting a sweet deal worth about $7 billion as a result of the federal government’s program to help pay terrorism insurance claims after private insurance is exhausted. An industry …

‘Big One’ Looms in Minds of Experts Before California ShakeOut

A day before more than 9 million people in California took part in a massive nationwide earthquake drill on Thursday, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones stood in a room full of risk professionals in the San Fernando Valley and …

P/C Industry Should Not Expect Traditional Hard Market Soon: Hartwig

Although insurance rates have been drifting upward in recent months, the property/casualty industry is unlikely to see a return to the traditional hard market this year or next, an insurance expert told reinsurance actuaries at the Casualty Actuarial Society’s Seminar …

Insurer Group NAMIC Honors Hartwig

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) named Robert P. Hartwig, Ph.D., president/CEO of the Insurance Information Institute, New York, N.Y., as the association’s 2011 Chairman’s Award winner. Hartwig has been with III since 1998, initially as an economist …

Insurance Expert to Testify at Hearing on Oil Spill Liability Today

Dr. Robert Hartwig, an economist and president of the Insurance Information Institute, will testify today at a hearing before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, in Washington, D.C. The hearing will focus on liability and financial …

Insurers’ Gulf Coast Oil Spill Losses Estimated at $1.4B

Companies with exposure to the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico are insured for losses totaling about $1.4 billion, according to initial reports. “The insurance losses from the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon will …