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Washington State DOI Issues Advisory on Insurance for Returning U.S. Troops

(6/02/2004) The insurance commissioner's office in the state of Washington has issued an advisory to all property and casualty insurers, advising that there should be no...... full story

A.M. Best Publishes 34-Year Property/Casualty Insolvency Study

(5/25/2004) The U.S. property/casualty industry in the past decade has shown resiliency and improved risk management amid extraordinary events. Since 1969, this business se... full story

Bank Insurance Revenues Up Ten Percent

(5/18/2004) The Federal Reserve reports that bank-insurance revenues increased by 10 percent to $33.5 billion last year. According to the American Bank Insurance Associatio... full story

S&P Stays Negative on Outlook for P/C Industry

(5/18/2004) Standard & Poor's Credit Market Services issued a report May 10, on the U.S. property/casualty industry that maintains its negative rating outlook on this secto... full story

NCSL Says Unfunded Federal Mandates Are Back With a Vengeance

(5/18/2004) A new study released by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCOIL) indicates that state governments in the current fiscal year are confronting at lea... full story

Dog Insurance Bills Defeated in California, Muzzled but Still Barking in New York

(5/11/2004) A legislative effort to mandate coverage for canines has been derailed in California, while another effort in New York has stalled. In California, a bill... full story

Nationwide Markets its Jingle to Cell Phone Users

(5/11/2004) In a new twist on marketing, Nationwide Insurance has become one of the first companies in the nation to offer an advertising jingle as a... full story

New Film "Super Size Me" May Spur Obesity Lawsuits

(5/11/2004) A new movie opened last Friday that some observers say might serve to spur lawsuits against fast food restaurants. "Super Size Me" documents a 30-day... full story

Actuarial Tables Being Extended to Age 120

(5/04/2004) If you had any doubt that Americans are living longer, here's more proof. Actuaries are revising life insurance actuarial tables to go through age 120.... full story

NCOIL's Market Conduct Model Clears Another Hurdle

(5/03/2004) As reported previously, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) adopted a market conduct model bill at its meeting on February 27, 2004, after ... full story

Mandatory Dog Insurance Proposed in New York

(4/27/2004) A bill that would require all dog owners in the state of New York to carry liability insurance for their pets has been introduced in... full story

Conning on M&As - More Dollars, Fewer Deals

(4/27/2004) In 2003, mergers and acquisitions in the insurance industry reached the highest level since 1998 in dollar terms, even while the total number of transactions...... full story

Amendment Exempts Agents From Stricter Louisiana Campaign Finance Limit

(4/27/2004) Independent insurance agents would be exempted from a bill approved last week by the Louisiana House to limit campaign contributions from regulated companies to... full story

Are You Involved in the Presidential Election Campaign? Please Tell Us!

(4/27/2004) Insurance issues will undoubtedly be among those debated during the 2004 presidential election. That's why we would like you to advise us if you are... full story

Rising Profits May Spur Detrimental Actions, III Warns

(4/20/2004) The good news is the property/casualty insurance industry reported a 9.4 percent rate of return for 2003. The bad news is that increased profitability may... full story

Forecaster Warns U.S. Can Expect 'Hellacious' Hurricane Damage

(4/20/2004) Noted hurricane prognosticator William Gray has renewed his warning that the Atlantic basin has entered an era of intense hurricane activity. This year, Gray pr... full story

Brokers Say P&C Market Is Softening

(4/20/2004) Later this week Aon Corp., Marsh & McLennan Cos. and Willis Group Holdings Ltd. will release reports stating that some P&C rates have started to... full story

Consumers' Anger at Marketing Is Rising

(4/20/2004) One third (33%) of the consumers who participated in a recent survey about their attitudes toward marketing said they would accept a slightly lower standard... full story

Agency-Owner Retirement - An Ongoing Process

(4/18/2004) By Patricia A. Borowski, CPIW, CAESenior Vice PresidentPIA National Agency owners and agency carriers have used the phrases, "retirement for the agency-owner pr... full story

A.M. Best Reports Better P&C Results

(4/14/2004) The property/casualty industry reported vastly improved operating results for both the fourth quarter and full year 2003 when compared with the same periods of ... full story