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Top 30 Private Auto Insurers: SNL

CSAA Insurance Exchange, which sells private auto insurance to AAA members in about 25 states, experienced double-digit year-over-year growth in personal auto business, far outpacing other top writers in the second quarter, a new analysis by SNL Financial shows. SNL …

Plymouth Rock Releases Study on New Jersey Road Rage

A new study from Plymouth Rock Assurance reveals that virtually all drivers polled have witnessed provocative driving behavior or road rage in New Jersey. Behaviors reported include unsafe and aggressive driving sometimes even leading to a physical altercation. The survey …

Surplus Lines Rate Hikes to Slow As Competition Grows

Two insurance rating entities see slowing rate increases for the surplus lines segment in the coming months as competition grows. Moody’s Investors Service said that the U.S. excess and surplus lines sector is experiencing growth and strong profitability, thanks to …

How Spouse’s Personality Influences Job Success

As people spend more and more time in the workplace, it’s natural for co-workers to develop close bonds — what’s often referred to as a “workplace spouse” or an “office wife.” But when it comes to pay raises, promotions and …

NOAA Hopes Drones Get Data from Hurricane Edouard

U.S. government scientists are launching winged drones into Hurricane Edouard, hoping to collect data that could help forecasters understand what makes some storms strengthen into monsters while others fade away. This week’s launches mark the first time that unmanned aircraft …

Reinsurance Rendez-Vous: Data Tools Help Identify Risks

Insurance companies are increasingly turning to “big data” from satellites, social media and even cigarette sales at gas stations to help identify risks and build up customer profiles, according to reinsurers attending the annual Monte Carlo Reinsurance Rendez-vous this week. …

Demand for Liability Insurance to Rise Again: Swiss Re

Claims severity and demand for liability insurance will increase as economic growth accelerates and because of technological, social and regulatory changes, according to a new report from Swiss Re. Cyber risk, hydrofracking and autonomous cars will likely be among the …

How Cybercriminals Attack Small Businesses — and 10 Ways to Stop Them

At a recent “Hacker Lab” event, “white hat” hackers revealed how cybercriminals work — and what businesses can do to protect themselves. The multimedia presentation used a simulated small business system to demonstrate how hackers choose their targets, how they …

Florida Study Finds Recreational Fishermen Lost $585M in Gulf Oil Spill

Recreational anglers who normally fish in the Gulf lost up to $585 million from lost fishing opportunities in the year of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and could be entitled to compensation, according to a new University of Florida study. …

The State of Obesity in U.S.

After decades of rising obesity rates among adults, the rate of increase is beginning to slow, but rates remain far too high and disparities persist, according to a new report. Adult obesity rates increased in six states and did not …