Articles by Andrea Wells

Andrea Wells is a veteran insurance editor and Editor-in-Chief of Insurance Journal Magazine.

Employment Practices Insurance in the Age of Covid

Overall trends for the past 30 years in the employment practices liability insurance market have been influenced by society and culture. As concerns over racial and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, gender inequality, wage-and-hour enforcement, and now COVID ebb and flow, …

Insurance Company M&As to Continue in 2021

Insurance mergers and acquisitions (M&A) rebounded from COVID-19 challenges in the second half of 2020. The trend should continue well into 2021 as companies unload non-core assets and purse cost-effective advancements in technology, PwC said in a new report. The …

Sandwich Generation

The demographics of the Sandwich Generation – those who care for both their children and aging parents – as well the financial responsibilities they face as a result of COVID-19– are changing. The Sandwich Generation has become increasingly younger, more …

Teaming Up for the Greater Good; How Two Indiana-based Competitors Joined Forces to Help Their Community

For more than 50 years, two independent agencies, Gregory & Appel and MJ Insurance, have battled each other for the best insurance clients. Indiana-based Gregory & Appel Insurance is a fifth-generation, family-owned independent agency, operating in downtown Indianapolis. Less than …

How Young E&S Brokers Are Navigating Today’s Market and Their Careers

Wholesaler brokers of all ages are facing hard market conditions with rising insurance rates, tighter underwriting and fewer carriers willing to write some tough classes. They, like everyone, are also experiencing fewer face-to-face meetings, which they believe are important to …

Battle with Direct Writers

Independent insurance agents and their carrier partners face strong headwinds in their efforts to maintain their dominance among distribution channels due to increased competition and evolving consumer expectations, according to new research. According to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Independent …

Best Agency to Work For Overall: RightSure Insurance Group

From standup comedy and acting gigs to selling insurance – not the typical career path for the everyday independent agency owner but that is how Jeff Arnold, founder of RightSure Insurance Group, this year’s winner of Insurance Journal’s Overall Best …

America’s Best Agencies to Work For

The votes are in for the 2020 Best Independent Insurance Agencies to Work For. While 2020 has been an unusual year for agency employees – many of whom have worked remotely for months – the pressures that have come with …

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

More than seven in 10 people who experienced workplace sex harassment faced some form of retaliation — including termination, being sued for defamation and denial of promotions, according to a recent report. More than half of the workers (56%) who …

Young E&S Professionals Face Toughest Market They Have Ever Seen

Wholesaler brokers of all ages are facing hard market conditions with rising insurance rates, tighter underwriting and fewer carriers willing to write some tough classes. They, like everyone, are also experiencing fewer face-to-face meetings, which they believe are important to …