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Willis & the CIAB: Rates & a Softening Market
Willis Group Holdings released a report last week predicting a big drop in commercial property rates in North America through the rest of the year. Willis' Marketplace Realities Spring Update says look for a fall off of 12.5 percent to 15 percent. Capacity and few catastrophe losses are to blame. This goes for insurance and reinsurance.
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Update: The Judge, Greenberg & the AIG Federal Takeover Suit
Experts watching the Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and Starr International suit — on what was more or less a federal government's takeover of AIG in 2008 — say Greenberg and all may prevail. The suit contends the bailout of AIG cost the company's stockholders — of which Greenberg and Starr were major players — $25 billion in losses.
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Uber: Scores a Win in Kansas
Ridesharing firms like Uber and Lyft have been under siege by regulators in cities and states for the last year. Most want them to be responsible and be accountable like taxi firms, have business licenses, etc.
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Your Employees: Flextime
A lot of companies are employing flex time as a work alternative for employees. It's a popular perk for Millennials — those born around 1980. But flextime can be troublesome for the traditional managers in some companies.
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Insurance Industry Supported Cyber Bill Passes the House
The insurance industry likes the cyber threat information sharing bill that passed the U.S. House last week. It was a true bipartisan effort — passing 307 to 116 — with Republicans and Democrats agreeing on the need.
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Insurance Agent among America's Worst Jobs
Insurance is about people. We also insure people in a variety of jobs. Some are very good jobs. Others are very bad jobs. And some are more meaningful than others. And then there are insurance jobs.
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Republicans and ObamaCare
No one really knows how the U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule when it finally decides whether it is legal for the federal government to give Medicaid subsidies for health insurance on its exchange HealthCare.gov. The suit before it is based on the law's statement that states — via exchanges — can give the subsidies but it doesn't say the federal government can.
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ObamaCare Repeal? Not Likely — Ever
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — ObamaCare — is here to stay. It will never, ever go away. We know, you've heard the blustering from Republican opponents about repeal since the law was passed and complaints from business, but it's just not likely to really go away.
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