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A guide to Google Analytics for small businesses
By Mayur Kisani
Google Analytics is one of the most powerful tools for tracking traffic patterns on your website. What's more appealing about it is that, like many other Google offerings, it's free. Analytics was launched in August 2006, but it was not available to users until a year later. Since then, it has come a long way. The platform is now easy-to-use and even integrates with other Google platforms like AdWords and AdSense.
4 pieces of advice for virtualizing your data
Insurance Networking News
Data virtualization is seen as the answer to many of the woes that have afflicted data management over the years, from the expenses of data warehousing to information being siloed across departments and systems to the challenge of multiple formats. To a large extent, the ability to abstract key data sources within a highly accessible service layer will pave the way to solving many of these issues.
Carriers get creative with term life
Insurance News Net
Life insurance carriers are providing more choices for buyers of voluntary term life products as the industry seeks to deepen their penetration of the most popular product bought at the worksite, according to a new report by Eastbridge Consulting Group.
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Agents and agencies: An Obamacare mandate impacts you
Section 1512 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — says businesses with more than $500,000 in annual revenue must give employees notice of health insurance options. That notification must be given before Oct. 1 of this year.
Obamacare: Another delay
The White House is postponing another part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until 2015. It is the part of Obamacare that limits out-of-pocket costs for those with insurance. Under the law, starting in 2014 those costs — deductibles, co-pays, etc. — were to be $6,350 per individual and $12,700 for a family.
Congress, Congressional staffers and Obamacare
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was
being crafted, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa
introduced an amendment. He said if Obamacare was good
enough for the average person, then it is good enough for
members of Congress and their staffs. Democrats eager to pass the health care and insurance
reforming Obamacare agreed.
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Premium hikes and Obamacare: True or false?
Here's the debate. Opponents say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is going to cause health insurance rates to skyrocket. Proponents declined that and say Obamacare will keep its promise and drop insurance rates.
Each side has marched out statistics show it is right.
The West is on fire
This is an ever-evolving story. By the time you read this, things will have changed. Hopefully, those changes will be for the better.
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NFIP still in need of reforms
The Biggert-Waters Act flood insurance reformed the National Flood Insurance Program and put it on a course toward financial stability. Or that's what Congress thinks.
Those reforms are not enough and do very little to solve the problem says the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Wouldn't it be nice to have 'mulligans' in E&O?
By Curtis M. Pearsall, CPCU, AIAF, CPIA
President, Pearsall Associates Inc. and Special Consultant to the Utica National E&O Program
In the world of golf, the subject of "mulligans" often comes up before a group starts to play. A mulligan is a "do-over." If a golfer hits a bad shot, he or she can call a mulligan and hit the shot over. The premise is that the second shot will be better than the first, and the first shot won't count.
Real-time technology use increasing
ACORD and a large group of carriers
sponsored a survey on the use of real-time technology. The survey's bottom
line is this: Insurers and agents are
experiencing more growth and they're
happier with each other.
Business is good: Insurers to add staff
The Jacobson Group and the Ward Group recently conducted a study on what P&C insurers will be doing staff-wise in the next year. Over the next 12-months, most say they'll be hiring. Business — most agree — is good and getting better.
Obamacare tiff: President and Republicans swap barbs
President Barack Obama's weekly radio and YouTube address hit Republicans. The president praised the impending full realization of his signature health care reform law. Well, almost full realization. The employer mandate has been postponed until 2014.
Email: How secure is yours? Maybe not very
Even if you don't use Google's Gmail, Google says you shouldn't expect your emails to stay private. Consumer Watchdog dug that tidbit up from a statement made by Google in a federal court filing in response to a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of violating wiretap laws.
Insurance P&L: A pretty good 2nd quarter
The second quarter of 2013 was pretty good for insurance
companies in the U.S. That includes AIG who issued its first
dividend since the bottom fell out of the company and the
economy in 2008.
Greenberg wants Bernanke AIG testimony, government doesn't
Recently, a judge ruled that Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben
Bernanke must testify in the a lawsuit filed against the federal
government by former AIG CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg.
The suit says the federal government's bailout of AIG in 2008 Ben Bernanke
cost stockholders billions.
Zurich: 2nd quarter not kind
Zurich — the largest Swiss insurer and one of the largest in the world — didn't have good second quarter of 2013. Disaster payouts hit profits and sent them to a negative 27 percent.
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