National Underwriter Property & Casualty-February 2014

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  • Stupid Cupid

    Chris Amrhein

    In this month that we celebrate love, the best theme for our topic is best expressed by Tina Turner: Whats love got to do with it?

  • Double Trouble

    Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE

    Under Missouri law, an insurance agent or broker who undertakes to procure insurance for another for compensation owes a duty of reasonable skill, care and diligence in obtaining the requested insurance.

  • Commercial Lines Ratings Outlook Mixed

    Phil Gusman

    This year should see more negative rating actions than positive ones due in large part to the likelihood of insurers taking reserve charges, says A.M. Best.

  • Bill Would Block WC Benefits for Intoxicated Workers

    staff Writer

    New Mexico lawmakers are attempting to close a loophole that allows employees to receive workers compensation benefits for injuries sustained at work while intoxicated or stoned, the New Mexico Watchdog newspaper reports.

  • Win Over the Wealthy

    Mark Galante

    Few issues are as important to high-net-worth individuals as finding a company that aligns its interests with its clients.

  • Aren’t You Special

    Matthew S. Marrone, Esq.

    Many years ago a trusted colleague and friend told me not to be afraid to specialize in particular areas of the law. He told me it is impossible to be all things to all people. By specializing, he said, I would gain deeper knowledge in certain subjects and would be...

  • Who’s to Blame for Corporate Data Risk?

    Melissa Hillebrand

    Corporate managers, more so than rank-and-file workers, put their companies at high risk of data breaches and intellectual property loss, according to technical services firm Stroz Friedberg.

  • A Virtual Postcard from ‘Chiberia’

    Laura Mazzuca Toops

    At this writing, the Midwestand specifically, what is now known as Chiberiais in the grip of a post-snowstorm spate of sub-zero days (and when I say sub, I mean 30 to 40 degrees below zero) that has disrupted transportation, closed schools and forced folks to stay home.

  • FIO Still Trying to Advance Federal Agenda

    Ted Besesparis

    Almost two years overdue, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) finally issued on Dec. 12 the report that it was required to produce under the Dodd-Frank Act on how to modernize and improve the system of insurance regulation in the United States.

  • Forms Follow Function

    Robert Detlefsen

    Insurance contracts are complicated documents, especially for the average consumer. Consequently, most states require insurers to draft policy language to comply with readability standards to make it easier for consumers to understand complex coverage terms. Recently, regulators have focused on the extent to which policy forms are physically accessible to...

  • Managing Your Risk: Self-Insured Retentions vs. High Deductibles

    Glenn F. Fencl

    While insurance limits attach above the primary layer of risk imposed on the insured in both self-insured retentions and deductibles, these types of coverages are otherwise very different. Thats why its important that clients understand the differences between SIRs and deductibles and the various issues that can arise.

  • Seeking Penance

    Shawn Moynihan

    Forgive me, father, for I have sinned. You see, for years I have sinned against you, the insurance agent, and your holy church, the agency. Ive learned my lesson, and now I need your help.

  • P&C’s Six Crucial Questions for 2014

    Phil Gusman

    Whether considering market dynamics or organizational functions, transformation may be the most important word for insurers in 2014, according to Deloitte analysis.

  • The Accidental Agent

    Laura Mazzuca Toops

    In ancient Egypt, people installed shrines in their homes with statues of their favorite gods and goddesses to watch over their property. Today, they have Carrie Reynolds, the Insurance Goddess.

  • 10 Steps to New Producer Success

    Kenneth L. Fields, CIC, CPCU

    Agencies need a detailed plan when bringing on new producers. If you train new producers well, they can perform at their best in providing revenue and accounts for your agency. Read on to learn the 10 key steps for hiring and training producers.

  • Market Checkup: Environmental Cover

    Michael P. Voelker

    Among the most interesting developments in environmental liability coverage is that the recovering economy is turning businesses from window-shoppers into buyers, but the policy limits being purchased and renewed are decreasing.

  • The New ABCs

    Rick Gilman, APR, CMP

    I was never a member of the debate team, never ran for a political office, and have never argued a case in court. Im not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TVbut I do understand that all of these activities reflect selling.

  • What’s YOUR Succession Plan?

    Shawn Moynihan with Laura Mazzuca Toops & Melissa Hillebrand

    Top agents don't like to spend time pondering the sunset of their careers, but the number of employees older than age 55 in P&C insurance is 30% higher than any other industry. Its time to ask yourself: when you are gone, what will your legacy be?

  • Pressing Issues

    Anya Khalamayzer

    Top pros on both the P&C and Life sides convened in Times Square to network, discuss emerging global risks and opportunities and hear executive panelists weigh in on pressing issues facing the insurance industry during the 23rd Annual Insurance Executive Conference, sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP.

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