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Independent Agents Identify Business Opportunities for Carriers: Survey

Most independent insurance agents are impressed by the carriers they place business with – but most also are interested in adding new company partners. This is one of the preliminary findings of a recent national survey of independent agents conducted …

It’s Insurance Buyers’ Market Now But Risk Challenges Ahead: Willis

Due in part to reduced catastrophe losses and the increased supply of capital, property/casualty insurance buyers can expect to face friendly market conditions on most lines of business for the remainder of 2015. But evolving threats generated from a range …

Catastrophe Bond Issuance Breaks New Q1 Record: Aon Benfield Report

Catastrophe bond issuance for the first quarter reached a record $1.7 billion – higher than any other first quarter issuance in the history of the insurance linked securities sector (ILS), according to a report published by Aon Benfield Securities, the …

How 10% of S&P Firms ‘Reform’ Taxes on Their Own

When it comes to taxes, corporate America is getting a bit less corporate. And a bit less American. Fueled by a wave of inversions, a record 54 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index of leading U.S. firms are …

Study Reveals Extent, Nature of Health Data Breaches

Between 2010 and 2013, there were more than 900 data breaches of protected health information affecting at least 500 individuals, with most of them resulting from overt criminal activity, according to a study in the April 14 issue of the …

Most Cyber Attacks Due to Trick Emails, Errors, Not Sophisticated Hacking

When a cyber security breach hits the news, those most closely involved often have incentive to play up the sophistication of the attack. If hackers are portrayed as well-funded geniuses, victims look less vulnerable, security firms can flog their products …

A.M. Best: Takaful Operators Struggle With Fierce Competition, Profitability

The significant premium growth in the global takaful sector is expected to continue and reach USD$20 billion by 2017, with the majority of that increase originating from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, according to a new A.M. Best special report. The Best’s Special …

Best: Indonesia Insurers’ Reinsurance Buying Habits Could Affect Capital Ratios

The purchase of reinsurance by Indonesian non-life insurers is high, which could have a significant effect on capital requirements and magnify the capital impact of changes to reinsurance asset quality, according to an A.M. Best special report. The report, titled “Risk-Based Capital Impacts From …

10 Most Common and Costliest Small Business Claims

Four out of 10 small businesses are likely to experience a property or general liability claim in the next 10 years, according to an analysis of The Hartford’s small business claims. Topping the list for the most common claim is …

Insurer Group: Most Midwesterners not Prepared for Natural Disasters

With more severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes in the forecast for portions of the central U.S. today, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) says a recent survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of PCI shows that residents in …