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Special Report: The Industry Industry Gives Back

Safety National Safety National proudly supports Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, an organization that has been helping children with physical and developmental disabilities for more than 80 years. In 2018, Safety National donated more than $10,000 to support …

Insurance Brokers Sharing in the Sharing Economy

As more and more consumers click for services and borrow rather than buy, the sharing economy is benefitting. According to Harvard Business Review, the sharing or on-demand economy is attracting more than 22.4 million consumers and $57.6 billion in spending …

What Agents Should Know About Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency and blockchain entities may seem like a hot market for insurance agents looking to specialize, but right now there are not many insurers willing to write it. Before jumping in, agents would be wise to consider partnering with a …

Declarations

Critical Operating Cost “Workers’ compensation insurance is a critical operating cost for business owners and the 13.8 percent rate decrease approval will allow employers to better support Florida’s families, visitors and labor force.” — Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier said a …

The Insurance Recruiter: Q&A

Q:I’m keenly aware of the talent shortage in our area. As vice president of benefit operations, our agency not only wants to hire more account managers but is battling against the constant solicitation of those employees by our competitors. An …

Imagery and Artificial Intelligence in Wildfire Risk

Fires across North America in 2018 have continued the pattern of extreme destruction established by significant insured loss events in both Northern and Southern California last year and the 2016 disasters in Alberta and Tennessee. These events have driven the …

Why Parents Should Buy Bigger, Safer Vehicles for Teen Drivers

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) engages in a wide variety of work to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage from crashes, but most consumers know the IIHS for its safety ratings of new vehicles. The ratings, along with …

Reducing Fire Risk Doesn’t Cost More

Properties built in wildfire-prone areas could be built to better withstand fire risk without increasing the cost of construction. That’s according to a new study released last month that found negligible cost differences between a typical home and a home …

Global Property, Mortality Protection Gap Hits $500B: Swiss Re

Households and businesses face a $500 billion global property and mortality protection gap, according to Swiss Re’s latest sigma study. Swiss Re’s report said that the figure illustrates increasing risk vulnerabilities emerging around the world but also presents an opportunity …

Report Identifies P/C Insurance Companies with Best Reputations

USAA Insurance has the highest and best overall reputation among insurers, according to a new report from the Reputation Institute. The insurer landed in the top spot based on criteria including strong reputation, relevancy, expressiveness (brand strength, informativeness, relevancy), products …

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