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Bad Attitude: Cynical Employees Earn Less Than Others

Holding cynical beliefs about others may have a negative effect on one’s income, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “While previous research has associated cynicism with detrimental outcomes across a wide range of spheres of life, including …

Google Driverless Test Cars to Have Steering Wheels, Brakes

Google Inc. will begin testing self-driving cars of its own design on public roads this summer, but they will have steering wheels and brakes, which is not what the company described a year ago. Engineers will operate 25 prototype vehicles, …

For P/C Insurers, 2014 Was Better Than Average Year

Analysts who predicted the U.S. property/casualty industry would have a tough time topping its 2013 results in 2014 were largely correct as there was some slippage. However, while property/casualty insurers were not as profitable as they were in 2013, they …

A.M. Best: Nigeria Insurance Sector Offers Significant Potential for Investors

Although fluctuating oil prices threaten Nigeria’s economic expansion, the country’s insurance sector offers significant potential for foreign investors attempting to build a profile in the market, according to A.M. Best in a special report. In the new report entitled “Nigeria’s Insurance …

Smartcars Could Cause Traffic Headaches

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study. By 2024, mobile networks …

Top 5 Risks For Grocers That Are Often Uninsured

Grocery retailers traditionally face a number of risks that are not covered by typical property, crime or cyber insurance programs. A new white paper report from global independent insurance broker Lockton — “Insuring the Operational Risks of Grocers with Intangible …

Here’s What’s Happening to Healthcare Costs for Typical Family

The cost of healthcare for a typical American family of four will rise about 6.3 percent this year, or $1,456, driven in great measure by higher prescription drug prices. The latest study by the consulting and actuarial firm Milliman Inc. …

Swiss Re’s New SONAR Report Identifies Top Emerging Risks

De-globalization and political conflict, large natural catastrophes, financial repression and the challenge posed by the “Internet of Things” are some of the risks identified in this year’s “New emerging risk insights” report published by Swiss Re. The publication is based …

Driverless, Shared Cars to Cut Vehicle Ownership by Half: Barclays

U.S. auto sales may drop about 40 percent in the next 25 years because of shared driverless cars, forcing mass-market producers such as General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. to slash output, a Barclays Plc analyst said. Vehicle ownership …

Two-Thirds of UK SMEs Not Aware of D&O Insurance: Allianz Research

Two-thirds of small and medium business leaders in the United Kingdom are not aware of what directors & officers insurance is, according to new research by Allianz Insurance, one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of Allianz …