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Wal-Mart enters the auto insurance business
USA Today
Wal-Mart is entering the auto insurance business in its latest move to offer affordable financial services to customers, the company announced. The world's largest retailer is partnering with AutoInsurance.com, a price-comparison and shopping website. The website was created after Walmart approached parent company Tranzutary Insurance Solutions with the idea to create an integrated auto insurance service that lets consumers shop for and purchase policies on one site, instead of directing them to the individual sites of specific insurance providers when they're ready to buy.
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PIA National alert: Windows XP support ends
By now, no doubt you've heard that Microsoft has ended support for the very popular XP operating system. It may be tempting to continue using XP but that really is not an option. You need to update it. The Department of Homeland Security says there could be a security problem.
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Just 1 reason to support your PIA PAC
This is a story about Oregon's PIA PAC. And it's just one good example why you need to support your association's political action committee with your dollars.
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FIO to study auto insurance affordability
The Federal Insurance Office is going to look at whether auto insurance is affordable and available to the poor and minorities in underserved communities. Right now it is taking comments on how a study on that insurance should be defined.
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Cybersecurity: Retail more concerned than other business
Large and small retail businesses are more worried about cyber security than other businesses. In the Fortune 1000 circles that exposure risk is at a higher level by retailers than the nonretailers. Or so says Willis Group Holdings in a report called "Willis Special Report: 10K Disclosures — How Retail Companies Describe Their Cyber Liability Exposures."
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Update: Cover Oregon 1 — state decides to bag it
Oregon's Cover Oregon Obamacare website is the only health insurance exchange in the nation still not working. It turns out, the website never will work. In the future Oregonians needing health insurance — and not getting it from an employer — will be getting it from the federal government's HealthCare.gov and not through the state's exchange.
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Insurance and the Internet of things
It's called the "Internet of Things." The Internet of Things has the potential to totally transform a data center. Celent did a study on the impact of the Internet of Things on insurance. It's fascinating.
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PCI – ISO report: 2013 profits and profitability
Most of us know that 2013 was a pretty good insurance year. How good is the subject of the 2013 insurance wrapup by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America and the ISO. The annual summary from the two groups said net income after taxes rose to a whopping $63.8 billion in 2013. The 2012 figure was $35.1 billion.
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TRIA: Marsh report on renewal
Marsh released its annual "Terrorism Risk Insurance Report." The release coincided with a roundtable discussion held at the Visitor's Center at the U.S. Capitol. Industry experts, policy makers and others attended. The topic is TRIA — the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. It's now known as the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.
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The worst states for an auto claim
Quadrant did a study of insurance rate increases as the result of filing an auto insurance claim. Taking data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Quadrant found in some states just filing a claim for $2,000 can generate a 40 percent hike in rates at renewal.
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Obamacare and health insurer database security
Those with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website — HealthCare.gov — have been advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug. The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug.
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HealthCare.gov: Looking for new contractor
Accenture got a $90 million no-bid contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to do fix the HealthCare.gov website. That contract expires in January of 2015.
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Obamacare co-ops undercut insurance giants. Can they survive?
BloombergBusinessweek
Health Republic is one of 23 "consumer operated and oriented plans," or co-ops, created through the Affordable Care Act via $2 billion in low-interest federal loans. To some big insurance carriers, premiums such as Health Republic's look too low.

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53 percent say supplemental policies important benefit
Insurance News Net
A survey of 1,714 consumers who are likely to buy supplemental insurance products in the next 12 months finds that 53 percent say working for a company that offers such insurance will be important to them.

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Future shock: Recruiting the insurance industry's next generation
PropertyCasualty360.com
As fulfilling as it is on multiple levels, a career in the insurance business is not one that most young people intentionally pursue. Ask anyone who's spent more than a few years in the industry and they'll tell you that they fell into it but that they truly enjoy it.

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Accurate policyholder data: Just a few of clicks away, but still a hot potato
Insurance Networking News
Let's be frank. There is a lot of disenchantment with the way automobile premiums are being determined. There are now accusations swirling about new levels of alleged discrimination taking place, this time based on income, educational level and occupation. When the issue hits the pages of The New York Times, you know government regulation isn't far behind.
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Marketing with postcards — part II
By Jeffrey Dobkin
Short crisp and to the point, postcards are one of the best ways to market most any kind of product or service. Closing sales isn't the priority for their short format. Postcards are cheap, easy, hard-working marketing tools. What's a client worth to you each year? Here's a proposition: Suppose you sent them a postcard every two weeks — or 26 postcards a year. Your cost? At $1 each, that's $26 for a full year — to generate calls and build a relationship of loyalty, awareness and trust. Is it worth $26 per prospect to get them to call you?
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