National Underwriter Property & Casualty-September 12, 2011

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  • Lone-Wolf Attacks Pose Biggest Terror Threat For Western Societies, Underwriters

    Gordon Woo

    Strategic surprise is a precious weapon in terrorist campaigns. Al Qaida managed to achieve this spectacularly on 9/11. Since then, counterterrorism efforts have been improved considerably, both within the American homeland and abroad. The result of this much-heightened state of alert: Out of dozens of significant jihadi terrorist plots against...

  • Regulated Vs. Unlicensed Centers

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    Times are fiscally tight in the for-profit world of childcare as well, and insurance is among the first line items that childcare providers think they can dropand an unregulated childcare facility is able to do so without any state government intervention, says Linda Smith, executive director of the National Association...

  • Safeguarding Client Info Is Life-Or-Death Issue For Agencies

    Mark E. Ruquet

    Client information is the most valuable commodity the insurance industry has in its possessionand protection of that precious resource in the age of electronic transactions is imperative to the industrys growth and survival.

  • NRRA Implementation Top-Of-Mind Issue As NAPSLO Meets

    Phil Gusman

    As the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) prepares for its annual convention in San Diego Oct. 10-13, issues surrounding the implementation of the federal surplus-lines reform law will be very much on the minds of the excess and surplus-lines executives in attendance.

  • Remembering 9/11

    Bryant Rousseau

    Life has few certainties, but Id be willing to bet my existence that every single person reading this issue of NU remembers exactly where he or she was on Sept. 11, 2001. Its a day whose events have been seared indelibly into all our memories.

  • Insuring Boys & Girls Clubs

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    Pricing in the Boys & Girls clubs arena has remained steady over the past several years, with carriers offering enhanced coverage options to attract business, says James M. Henry, underwriting manager for Markel Insurance Co. in Glen Allen, Va. In 2010, Markel made upgrades to its long-standing partnership product with...

  • Increasing Reliance On Volunteers Complicates Insurance For Childcare

    Bonnie Cavanaugh, E&S Editor

    For nonprofit childcare providers, the overriding trend today is tight state budgets and reduced revenues. One way providers are trying to adjust to this new reality has significant implications for their insurance programs: relying on volunteers to do the work that paid employees used to do

  • 9/11, 10 Years Later: How The Insurance Industry Has Changed

    National Underwriter Edit Staff

    The horrific events of September 11, 2001 fundamentally altered the insurance industry in a multitude of ways. To examine those changes, we asked carrier executives, catastrophe modelers and five top risk managers to explain in their own words how the coverage landscape has been transformed in the wake of the...

  • Terrorism Coverage Remains Stable—But Is Subject To Change

    Mark E. Ruquet

    On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, terrorism insurance remains stable, but availability and affordability could be affected should there be a catastrophic event that reduces capacity, according to a report from Guy Carpenter.

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