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Florida Is Hot Spot for Luxury Car Theft

Drivers of luxury vehicles in Florida should watch out. Their cars are the least likely in the U.S. to be returned if stolen. More than 25 percent of luxury cars taken from the beginning of 2010 through 2013 were never …

Towers Watson Predicts Moderate Global Growth, Downside Risks

Towers Watson says that overall global growth in the next three to five years will be moderate and divergent on a country basis, and risks to global growth are skewed to the downside in its report entitled “Secular Outlook 2014: …

10 Insurance Myths (Men Are More Likely Than Women to Believe 8 of Them)

Men may be more gullible when it comes to insurance myths than women but even women think a number of popular myths about insurance are true, according to a survey by online insurance seller insure.com. Insure.com said it recently surveyed …

S&P: Global Multiline Insurers’ Credit Quality to Stay Strong in 2015

Global multiline insurers (GMI) continue to show strong credit quality, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. S&P provided an overview of the GMI sector in an article titled “Global Multiline Insurers’ Diversity and Capitalization Will Remain Key Rating Strengths …

P/C Insurers’ Reserves Redundancy to Continue: Moody’s

U.S. property/casualty insurers’ reserves will remain moderately redundant through the end of the year, Moody’s Investors Service has reported. “We expect moderately redundant reserves based on ongoing rate-firming, benign loss costs and enhanced underwriting standards,” said Moody’s Jasper Cooper, an …

Management of Top Risks Unsatisfactory, Say Risk Managers in FERMA Survey

Risk managers are not satisfied with the level of mitigation for six of the top 10 risks “that keep their CEO awake at night,” which is one of the key findings of the 2014 Risk Management Benchmarking Survey conducted by …

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 …

States’ Efforts on Climate Change Adaptation: Half Full or Half Empty?

Who hates that glass-half-full analogy? I’m guessing more than half of you, but let’s not let that stand in the way of using the clichéd-to-death philosophical quandary to illustrate a point being made by a new online tool that shows …

Computer Model Predicts 2 Dozen Ebola Cases in U.S. This Month

There could be as many as two dozen people in the U.S. infected with Ebola by the end of the month, according to researchers tracking the virus with a computer model. The actual number will probably be far smaller and …

Weather Tracking Firm Receives Patent on Storm Warning Technology

Earth Networks Inc., a Maryland company that provides weather-tracking services, has received a patent on a technology that can be used to track storm cells. Patent 8,836,518 covers a method that uses lightning-flash rates to track the cells. According to …