National Underwriter Property & Casualty-November 5-12, 2012

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  • Best Carriers, by key factors to producers


    A core component of the survey is the rating of carriers on the factors most important to producers. Producers were asked to rate only carriers with which they were familiar and only on factors that were important to themtherefore providing highly accurate data.

  • Surety Snapshot

    Michael P. Voelker

    In the 1990s, Surety companies were making a lot of money thanks to a booming economy that kept contractors busy and solvent. Insurers flooded the Surety marketplace to take advantage, prices dropped, and excess capacity built up. Predictably, when the recession of the early 2000s hit, contractor defaults led to...

  • Key Step to Growth: Knowing Whether Customers Will Recommend You

    Rick Flaspohler

    In 2003, researchers everywhere were stunned by an article in the Harvard Business Review titled The One Number You Need to Grow by Frederick Reichheld, a director emeritus of the consulting firm Bain & Co. What Reichheld discovered in a study of more than 4,000 consumers is that a company...

  • TRIA Renewal: No Guarantee

    Arthur D. Postal

    Working with the new Congress on a renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) is one of the primary lobbying goals of the P&C industry in 2013.

  • Mounting Losses

    Michael P. Voelker

    Despite careful underwriting, economic pressure on contractors is leading to mounting losses. According to the Surety and Fidelity Association of America (SFAA), Surety losses have more than doubled this year compared to the previous year, increasing from $300 million in the second quarter of 2011 to $618 million in the...

  • Perceptual Map


    In order to easily see how every carrier is perceived relative to other carriers on multiple factors, a Perceptual Map was prepared using some of the key evaluation and selection factors.

  • Sandy: The Debate Over ‘Hurricane Deductibles’ Begins

    Howard Altschule

    Homeowners in Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia wont have to pay hurricane deductibles on insurance claims stemming from Superstorm Sandy since officials contend that the deductibles werent triggered because Sandy was not classified as a hurricane when it made...

  • Our Own Sandy Story

    Bryant Rousseau

    For a P&C news organization headquartered in Hoboken, N.J., the days during and after Superstorm Sandy were dramatic, traumatic, exhaustingand highly galvanizing.

  • 2012 Producer Survey


    Our biennial Producer Survey, done in partnership with Flasphler Research Group, is a revealing picture of independent agents opinions of U.S. commercial carriers. The survey of 407 independent producers consisted of 35 questions about insurer utilization, performance, perceptions of insurers and related topics. A total of 74 insurers and 19...

  • ‘Mind-Boggling’ Business Interruption Losses Mount, Post-Sandy

    Chad Hemenway

    Business Interruption and Contingent Business Interruption (CBI) claims loom as large issues following Superstorm Sandy, as thousands of businesses of all sizes deal with flooding, physical damage, power outages, government orders and supply-chain disruptions.

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