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Another PIA success: PIA National's Federal Legislative Summit
Hundreds of PIA member agents from around the country converged on Capitol Hill March 26-27 for the 2014 PIA Federal Legislative Summit. The FLS was so successful that it got notice from A.M. BestTV. PIA Washington/Alaska National Director Rich Biggs told Weekly Industry News that the experience was positive. He also sees a big change in Congress over the last year.
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Not to be missed: PIA Oregon/Idaho's 2nd Annual EXPO
PIA Oregon/Idaho's 2nd Annual EXPO is coming:

June 17 & 18, 2014
Red Lion Hotel on the River
Jantzen Beach
Portland, Oregon

EXPO is a one day, business-to-business and education program for all agents, agency and company personnel. Last year's EXPO was a huge success. More than 150 independent insurance agents registered. Click "Read More" for more information and to get started.

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PIA National: Protect your income
Since 1931, independent insurance agents have discovered the many advantages of joining PIA. Chief among those advantages is access to the products offered by the PIA Services Group Insurance Fund, also known as the PIA Trust.
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The best of the best: PIA National's annual awards
Every year at the PIA National Federal Legislative Summit the association gives out its annual awards. They are Agent of the Year; Young Insurance Professional of the Year; CSR of the Year; and PIAPAC Person of the Year.
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PIA National's Federal Legislative Summit — a family affair
PIA Washington/Alaska National Director Rich Biggs goes to the PIA National Federal Legislative Summit every year. And each year Biggs — of Biggs Insurance Services in Vancouver, Wash. — takes one or more of his children.
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 Industry News from PIA Western Alliance


Governors support state regulation of insurance
PIA National is praising a letter sent by the National Governors Association to the U.S. Treasury supporting what it calls a "world class" system of insurance regulation. Or to be more specific, the state-based system the PIA has worked tirelessly to keep intact.
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Fitch: Commercial insurance future looks good
Fitch Ratings' Commercial Lines Market Update has been published. It looks at current trends and what the future holds for growth and profitability in commercial insurance lines.
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Mergers and acquisition to increase
Towers Watson merger and acquisition expert Jack Gibson thinks M&A activity will increase in the next one to three years. He said the slack and unnaturally low levels of mergers and acquisitions from after the 2008 financial crisis is done.
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In focus: Obamacare's 7 million
President Barack Obama has declared that 7.1 million people have enrolled in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — AKA Obamacare. In a recent scathing criticism of his critics, the president said, "The Affordable Care Act hasn't completely fixed our long-broken health care system, but this law has made our health care system a lot better."
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Rubio: No bailout for health insurers
It's no secret that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is no fan of the Affordable Care Act. The law has provisions within that compensates participating insurers if they lose money. Rubio has introduced a bill he calls the Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Protection Act. It requires the Obama administration to make sure this compensation does not add to the federal deficit.
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Oso, Wash., mudslide
The death toll continues to rise from the devastating mudslide that hit Oso, Wash., on March 22. As of early morning April 1, there were 33 dead and 12 missing.
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Superstorm Sandy aftermath: No New York City homes rebuilt
It has been a year-and-a-half since Superstorm Sandy slammed into the East Coast of the United States. New York City was one of the areas the storm hit the hardest. Thousands of homes were seriously damaged or destroyed. City officials asked for federal help and picked up a $1.5 billion grant to start the rebuilding process.
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Survey: Insurer regulatory and risk concerns
Every quarter, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services does a survey titled the U.S. Insurance Regulatory and Risk Management Indicator. It asks insurers of all lines of insurance about their biggest current concerns. Following are the risk results of the 300 insurers surveyed.
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The insurance industry is still behind when it comes to accessing and using customer data to predict consumer behavior and design personalized products. Bravura Solutions and the Financial Services Council conducted a poll on the life insurance industry, asking insurance providers about their journey to modernie their administration systems.
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How to reach the next generation of insurance talent
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The insurance industry is on the cusp of a talent crisis as its workforce continues to "gray." According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 50 percent of the industry's workforce is above the age of 45. Throughout the next 15 years, companies will be confronted with a growing skills gap as these professionals retire.
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Insurance industry likely to continue upside potential
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The insurance industry has always been defensive and stable simply given the nature of its business model. The earnings are fairly predictable and the dividend is consistent, making it a great stock to hold in a diversified portfolio. Recently, however, the rise of interest rates have caused companies in the insurance industry to be more profitable and that trend could continue as rates bounce back up from their historic lows.
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How your business can harness the year of mindfulness
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2014 has been dubbed "the year of mindfulness." In fact, mindfulness has been named one of the top 10 trends that will shape the world this year. People are growing weary of being constantly connected to their digital screens. They want a way to detox, to unwind and rediscover peace, and this movement is spreading quickly. Happiness is being redefined, so it's time to brainstorm how your business industry fits into the mindfulness movement. Read on to learn why and how mindfulness is shaping 2014, and how your business can take hold of this movement.
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