In a report in the Jan. 23 issue of NU forecasting the likely top trends this year for agents and brokers, one top executive made a prediction that really caught our attention.

"Regarding the dynamic between captive writers and independent agents: We will see more and more captive writers pursue a relationship with independent brokers," David Eslick, chairman and CEO of Marsh & McLennan Agency, opined at the time. "They are thinking about growth and the opportunity to expand their distribution platform."

A few months into the year, we decided to follow up on this intriguing statement to see if the trend is beginning to materialize.

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