National Underwriter Property & Casualty-August 1, 2011

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  • Agencies & Apps: Three Case Studies Of Early Adopters

    Mark E. Ruquet

    A growing number of agents are finding value in making a relatively small investment to develop custom mobile apps that can improve customer serviceand brand the agency as one that is on the cutting edge.

  • Speaking With: Bill Pritchard

    Chad Hemenway

    Bill Pritchard, president of Beacon Hill Associates Inc., a wholesale insurance broker and program administrator specializing in the placement of environmental insurance and other specialty products, provides his perspective on a number of crucial areas in the environmental-insurance market.

  • Shaping The New NU: Input Please

    Bryant Rousseau

    In the magazine business, summer is the time of strategy sessions, when we crank up the AC, seal ourselves in our offices and take a step back to look at the big picture and to chart our course for the next year—and beyond.

  • Nevada RRG Wins Summary Judgment

    Caroline McDonald

    A year-long legal battle with Nevada regulators has paid off for a risk-retention group (RRG) in the form of a decision that should set a precedent for all RRGs, a trade association says.

  • RIMS Standards Will Add Clarity To Risk-Management Issues

    Caroline McDonald

    The Risk and Insurance Management Society’s approval as an accredited standards development organization by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) means clarification on issues that impact risk managers, says Lori Seidenberg, director of RIMS Standards & Practices and Audit Committee.

  • Firm Sees Adverse Reserve Development For ‘08-‘10

    Phil Gusman

    While property and casualty insurers have benefitted from favorable loss-reserve development in recent years, a Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) analysis contends that accident-years 2008 to 2010 are underreserved and that adverse development will result in the future.

  • “Fraccidental” Insurance Headaches

    Gina Jones, Ivy Riggs

    When your clients’ top executives demand to know, “What the frack is going on,” do you have an answer? Do you even know what they’re talking about? Gina Jones and Ivy Riggs provide the info you need to arm youself to address your clients’ concerns.

  • Environmental Carriers Look To Grow With New, Industry-Specific Coverages

    Chad Hemenway

    To compete in a marketplace flooded with competition, environmental insurance carriers to better stand out from the pack are developing new products—built on a growing familiarity with and sophisticated grasp of the unique coverage requirements of specific industry classes.

  • Industry Seeing Rate Increases, But Market Swing Not Expected Yet

    Mark E. Ruquet, Chad Hemenway

    While there are doubts about whether the property and casualty insurance industry is getting set to enter a hard-market cycle, it increasingly looks like rates are beginning to stabilize in many lines, according to observations by an industry report and some chief executives.

  • Stable Pricing, Low Losses In Aviation Market, Brokers Say

    Mark E. Ruquet

    The aviation-insurance market is described as stable with renewal pricing indicating no dramatic change in trends, and losses to date are at one of the lowest levels in years, according to two insurance brokers’ reports.

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