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Brokers top insurers in J.D. Power poll
The inaugural J.D. Power and RIMS 2014 Large Commercial Insurance Report is packed with surprises. Some large firms — like ACE, The Hartford and FM Global — are liked, but independent brokers are more popular and came in with higher rankings.
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Cyber and insurance costs to skyrocket in 2015
Every year ends with plenty of predictions. Here's one on cybersecurity. Costs connected to the risk of cybercrime will double in 2015. Or at least that's what IT risk manager Coalfire predicts. That ups the need for cyberrisk insurance for businesses of every size and not just large corporations.
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Midsize businesses will grow and invest in 2015
The first issue of what will be an annual Hartford 2014 Midsize Business Monitor is out. It contains a lot of positives for midsize businesses in 2015 with the first being owners having optimistic thoughts about the economy.
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Apple and IBM: 10 new apps for insurance and other financial businesses
Apple and IBM have teamed up to work on some mobile apps for insurance, banking and other financial businesses and for government. The two firms say there are 10 of them to begin with and they should be ready soon.
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Mergers and acquisitions: Some E&O words of wisdom
By Curtis M. Pearsall by Curtis M. Pearsall, CPCU, AIAF, CPIA, President, Pearsall Associates Inc. and Special Consultant to the Utica National E&O Program
The issue of mergers and acquisitions is a popular topic in the insurance news world. While there are many issues related to mergers and acquisitions to consider, there is a key — if not critical — one that doesn't seem to get the attention it deserves: how your errors-and-omissions policy will address potential liability issues that can make a good deal a "nightmare" without the proper attention.
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Insurance jobs: Climbing to record levels
Every business got hit hard by the Great Recession. No one passed through it unscathed. Insurance is one of the industries hit pretty hard. In July of 2007, the industry peak was 684,000 jobs. The recession hit in December of that year and employment in that month was 682,100.
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Help at the office: An effective website and effective responses to negatives
We all have websites. No one can do business these days without one. But how effective is your website? Technical writer Vivian Giang did some research from sources, like Econsultancy, Pew Research, Nielsen Digital Consumer Report and HubSpot. Then she penned an article for American Express on how to make your website more effective. Weekly Industry News found her points interesting and decided to share.
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Health care in the US: Costs rising, access falling and millennials don't care
The Affordable Care Act is entering its second act. Part one gave us the highest rate of insured Americans since 2008. Enrollment for year two is underway. While more of us have insurance, Radius Global Market Research finds it is generating new health care behaviors — and they're not necessarily positive.
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California's superstorm: Did it end the drought?
For those who need this sort of thing to give an incident closure, the superstorm that hit California recently that dumped tons of water on a parched state is called a Pineapple Express.
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What you will consume in a lifetime
The staff of Weekly Industry News admits it cannot remember where these statistics came from. After a hastily convened meeting, we think it's from one of those money magazine or financial websites. While we can't remember exactly which one, we do remember we thought the information credible enough to share with you. And with that, here's what you'll likely — on average — consume in your lifetime.
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