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The independent agency system is showing signs of continued stabilization in numbers as agencies display greater diversification in ownership, a study from the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America found.

The biannual 2010 Agency Universe Study–a collaboration between IIABA and Future One, a coalition of insurance company partners–indicates that the number of independent agencies remains stable at approximately 37,500 after a steady decade-long decline that ended in 2006. When the decline began in 1996, there were 44,000 agencies, the study said.

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