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The Lowdown: Innovation, Social Inflation, Hot Markets and More…

I recently had the benefit of attending the Society for Insurance Research 49th annual conference, where I was immersed in discussions about data, research, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more. This intimate conference included 200 attendees from 48 carriers and …

Engage the Millennials

This Lowdown provides you with a perspective on the report Insuring Millennials: The Most Underinsured Generation, a report added to the Carrier Management Research & Trends site this week. This report was written for the insurance carrier audience, addressing the …

Kansas Geologists Seek More Funding for Earthquake Monitoring

Kansas geologists say they need more funding to investigate an unprecedented spike in earthquakes in the state. Kansas Geological Survey Director Rex Buchanan told the House Energy and Environment Committee that about half a million dollars is needed to beef …

Safe, Happy Halloween From ‘World’s Leading Authority on Poisoned Candy’

I have a second, unpaid job. It’s seasonal. Each year during the last two weeks of October, I field a lot of calls from reporters. You see, I’m the world’s leading authority on poisoned Halloween candy. I acquired this distinction …

Rusbuldt on McKinsey 2: Agent-Carrier Relationships Make a Difference

Bob Rusbuldt, president and CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America – the Big “I”- takes issue with a McKinsey report that claims local independent agents will soon be extinct. In this second installment of an interview …

Poll Finds Skepticism But Suggests Healthy Young Adults May Keep Obamacare Afloat

Korey Kormick, 29, has not had health insurance for at least a decade. His job, as a contract employee directing chess tournaments and coaching kids in the fundamentals of the game, doesn’t offer it, and he hasn’t been able to …

Workplace Wellness Has Only Modest Effect on Bottom Lines, Waistlines: RAND

A long-awaited report on workplace wellness programs, which has still not been publicly released, delivers a blow to the increasingly popular efforts, Reuters has learned, casting doubt on a pillar of the Affordable Care Act and a favorite of the …

Good News: Progress Reported in Teen Passenger Safety

A new report on teen driver safety by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and State Farm shows encouraging trends among teen passengers. From 2008 to 2011, risky behaviors of teen passengers (ages 15 to 19 years) declined: the number …

Large Employers to Keep Health Insurance Benefit for Now: Survey

Most large employers don’t expect to send their full-time employees to government health exchanges for insurance during the next five years, but some retirees and part-time workers will end up there, a new survey has found. The outlook for corporate …

CCRIF Partners with Seismic Research Center for Quake, Volcano Risk

The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of The University of the West Indies have entered into a partnership to enhance the Accelerometric Network in the Eastern Caribbean and Jamaica in order to strengthen …