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Is Your Agency About to be Acquired What You Should KnowWhen it comes to mergers and acquisitions, often the first thought that comes to an agent’s mind is “Am I going to be laid off?” This is an understandable concern, especially with the multitude of mergers and acquisitions that have occurred in the industry in recent years.  As we discussed last month though, insurance industry consolidation is not always a bad thing; oftentimes the motive behind an acquisition is to obtain agents for their skills and expertise. In our continued..



Posted:April 15, 2015

Top Insurer Notes Fastest Growing Business in IndustryAs an insurance agent or broker, it’s important to know what markets and businesses are in the highest demand. With the numerous high-profile cases that have taken place in the past year; Target, JP Morgan, Home Depot, etc. it should come as no surprise that insurers are seeing a spike in cyber business. In fact, in a recent article published by The Hill, CEO Inga Beale of top insurer Lloyd’s of London called cyber risk “the most serious threat to businesses and national..



Posted:April 13, 2015

Lawyers Increasingly Seeking Cyber Liability CoverageIt’s no secret that businesses in multiple industries have seen an influx of cyber-attacks, hacks, and data breaches in the last decade. This has left many lawyers concerned, considering their vulnerability to loss. Large firms, according to a recent Business Insurance article, have already begun utilizing cyber liability and Lawyer Privacy and Network Security programs; programs that are used to notify clients or employees of a breach, conduct a forensic investigation, and, if necessary, write checks to plaintiffs or regulators. Smaller firms, however, have not..



Posted:April 2, 2015

 

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April 1, 2015

 

PL Risk Advisors Inc. Reaches Milestone

 

By: Drew M. Smith

Axis Management Group Holdings Inc.  President, Mike W Smith announced today that its wholesale division, PL Risk Advisors, Inc. (PL Risk TM) is celebrating its one year anniversary. PL Risk was officially launched on April 1, 2014 as a new and innovative Professional and Management Liability Insurance wholesaler.

PL Risk is currently licensed as a Professional and Management Liability agent/broker in 35 states and took in over $5 million dollars in business in its first year of operations. In a very short period of time, the..


Posted:April 1, 2015
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Is Humana Next on the List of Huge AcquisitionsAccording to reports originally published by Bloomberg Business, Louisville-based Humana Inc. could very possibly be an acquisition target. As a health and Medicare insurer, ageing baby boomers are currently driving significant business for the company, making them attractive to other healthcare agencies such as Aetna Inc. (AET) and Anthem Inc. (WLP). These two agencies are direct rivals to Humana within their segment.

Humana has recently been generating record revenue with aging U.S. baby boomers increasing enrollment in the government-sponsored Medicare program for the..



Posted:March 30, 2015

What Did Recent Architect Professional Liability Survey Reveal Each year, specialty insurance brokerage Ames & Gough conducts a survey amongst Architect and Engineer Professional Liability professionals to review rates and news within the industry. The 2015 Architects & Engineers Professional Liability Insurance Survey found that in the last couple of years, almost all leading insurers offering this specialty coverage has seen premium growth. This is thanks to new business, an improving economy, and moderately higher rates.

This year’s survey revealed that most architect and engineer professional liability insurers anticipate flat or..



Posted:March 27, 2015

When Should You Let Your Agency Be AcquiredIn an earlier blog post, we raised the question, “Is bigger better?” in regards to insurance agency acquisitions. Insurance companies big and small have been benefiting from the consolidation of the industry, showing that these acquisitions may in fact be a positive move for most who work in the insurance industry. If you are thinking of allowing your agency to be acquired, but are unsure of if now is the right time or if you should do it at all, it’s important to..



Posted:March 23, 2015

When Should Directors and Officers Be InsuredAs an agent with small to mid-sized businesses, you are likely aware of the many misconceptions that business owners have about insurance coverage; especially Directors and Officers Coverage. One of the biggest assumption executives make is that this coverage is only for publicly traded companies, and privately held companies don’t carry the same risk exposures. While this is for the most part true, a business does not have to have shareholders in order for the directors and/or officers to be sued.

So when should your..



Posted:March 20, 2015

EPL Reports Show Gender Gap is Dependent on Geographical LocationA recent report developed by Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) revealed that women employed in Colorado will not be receiving equal pay compared to men until 2057. The report took into account many factors; women’s status on the level of earnings, the gender-wage gap, labor force participation and women’s representation in professional and managerial positions.

Colorado is clearly not the only state to be affected by unequal pay for women; nationally women are not expected to achieve..



Posted:March 19, 2015

Insurance Industry Acquisitions Is Bigger BetterIn our previous post, we discussed the fairly recent uptick in consolidation in the insurance industry, stating that agencies decide to participate in mergers and acquisitions for a number of reasons, including acquiring other firms for their existing employees’ skills and experience. No matter the reason, as a trusted Insurance Broker Resource, we’d like to shed some light on the motives behind mergers and acquisitions.

There’ve been many factors contributing to the wave of acquisitions we’ve seen in the past decade in the middle-market insurance..



Posted:March 16, 2015

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