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The independent agency system is showing signs of continuedstabilization in numbers and increased diversification inownership, a study from the Independent Insurance Agents &Brokers of America (IIABA) found.

The bi-annual 2010 Agency Universe Study, a collaborationbetween IIABA and Future One, a coalition of insurance companypartners, was released yesterday and indicated that the number ofindependent agencies remains stable at approximately 37,500 after a steadydecade-long decline that ended in 2006.

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