P&C Companies News

Main Street America Promotes Frederick to Vice President, CIO

Amy Frederick has been promoted to vice president and chief information officer of Main Street America Group. Frederick will be a member of the super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier’s senior management team and report to Main Street America chairman and CEO Tom Van Berkel. …

Commercial Rates Continue on Slow Slide; Personal Lines Rates Moderate: Survey

The composite rate for U.S. commercial insurance was plus 1 percent in October 2014 while the composite rate for U.S. personal lines was plus 3 percent for the month, according to MarketScout’s monthly analysis of market conditions. “As expected, the …

Big Data: It Isn’t Just for Carriers

This is the era of big data and while it’s no surprise that insurance carriers are big players, the fact is that agents and brokers of all sizes also have a growing stake in big data. While the insurance industry …

Canadian P&C Insurer Intact Financial’s 3rd Quarter Profit Rises

Intact Financial Corp., Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer, reported a more than four-fold rise in quarterly profit, helped by a sharp fall in catastrophe losses. The company’s profit last year was hurt by severe rain storms in the Toronto area and Quebec, and …

RLI Launches Healthcare Liability Division

Specialty insurer RLI Corp. of Peoria, Ill., has launched a new healthcare liability unit, RLI Healthcare, and tapped Scott Ducey, former vice president of the healthcare division at Torus, to lead the new division as vice president. RLI Healthcare will …

Large Agencies More Optimistic About Future Growth: Vertafore Study

Optimism over the future growth potential of independent agencies ties closely to the size of the independent agency, with larger agencies feeling more optimistic about future growth than their smaller counterparts, according to a new industry study. Some 70 percent …

Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation on Industry’s Watch List

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles on the the marijuana insurance industry. Upcoming stories will include reports on potential changes to federal laws, and regional reports on how medical marijuana is impacting insurance in states …

Small Commercial Lines: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Small commercial lines is suddenly the Cinderella of the insurance industry. Previously the unwanted step child turned beauty queen being courted, pursued, and being offered dowries for marriage. Dowries and marriage are the correct metaphors because companies are clearly willing …

Boston Is Tops When It Comes to Risky Drivers: Study

Drivers in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, are the most accident-prone in the U.S., landing at the bottom of an annual ranking of the nation’s 200 biggest urban areas by Allstate Corp. Worcester’s drivers have a collision every 4.3 years on …

Study: Opioid-Related Deaths Cut by 25% in Medical Marijuana States

On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. That’s according to a new multi-institutional study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine and led by researchers …