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The PIA Partnership Launches Growth Tool For Agency Members

The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) and its agency-company council, The PIA Partnership, have designed a new tool to help independent insurance agencies grow and increase profits. “Closing the Gap – Growth & Profit” provides agents with calculators …

Survey: Michigan Businesses Confident About Growth

The latest Michigan Future Business Index survey of small and midsize business leaders shows unequalled confidence in the state’s business economy and a rekindled desire to reinvest in their own future, according to Accident Fund Insurance Company of America. Business …

Best’s Special Report on Columbia Cites Growth, Regulation

A special report from A.M. Best – “Regulation Tightens as Colombia’s Insurance Market Grows and Matures -”notes that “insurance companies operating in Colombia are benefiting from a vibrant, growing economy, the country’s commitment to building infrastructure and helping its industry …

French Non-Life Sector Resilient, Despite Economic Difficulties: Best Reports

A new report from A.M. Best notes that the “French insurance market has experienced significant volatility during the past few years, although the non-life sector continues to grow.”  The report comments that while the life market contracted in 2011, gross …

Big Brazil Health Insurance Deal May be Tough to Replicate

With a $4.9 billion takeover of Brazil’s biggest healthcare provider, UnitedHealth Group appears to have snatched the crown jewel in a market with plenty of promise but formidable barriers to entry for any foreign rivals looking to follow suit. UnitedHealth’s …

WTO Cuts 2012 Global Trade Growth Forecast to 2.5%

World trade will grow by a mere 2.5 percent this year, dragged down by Europe to less than half of the previous 20-year average, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Friday. The WTO cut its estimate from a 2012 …

Commentary by Gordon Brown:* Europe Risks Going the Way of Japan

The good news is that Europe is no longer going the way of Greece. The sad news is that it is threatening to go the way of Japan. After years of hesitation punctuated by panic, Europe has finally accepted the …

Aon Benfield Report Highlights Growth of Insurance-linked Securities

Catastrophe bond issuance for the last 12 months – June 2011 to  June 2012 – rose to $6.43 billion – an increase of more than $2 billion over the same period in 2011, according to a report issued by Aon …

Swiss Re Reports Italian Insurance Market at ‘Crossroads’ of Change

According to Swiss Re’s latest study – The Italian insurance market: opportunities in the land of the Renaissance – “Italy stands at the crossroads of economic and social change, and therefore offers interesting opportunities for the insurance industry.” The report …

India’s Basic Realities May Confound New Finance Minister’s Reform Agenda

The return of a pro-market reformer to India’s finance ministry has cheered investors and contributed to a market rally, but Palaniappan Chidambaram will need both political deftness and some luck to tackle the problems dragging the economy down. Faced with …