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Many Vehicles, Many Uses, Many Questions
This week’s blog post comes to us from friend of the Academy, Joseph S. Harrington. Joe is a prolific writer, observer, and commentator on the insurance industry. This post is based on his recent Academy webinar by the same title. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2020 1:00 PM
Coronavirus, Pandemics and Workers’ Compensation
This week’s Academy Journal entry comes to us from friend of the Academy, Chris Boggs. Click and check out what he’s been up to. A pandemic is defined as, “an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic …

POSTED FEBRUARY 19, 2020 1:00 PM
What to Post Next on Your Insurance Agency’s Instagram Feed
Instagram is one of the most used social media platforms in the United States according to the Pew Research Center. Over 800 million people use the photo-sharing app per month. Facebook made news when it acquired the platform for $1 …

POSTED FEBRUARY 06, 2020 5:24 PM
Why I Insurance
In his book, the Infinite Game, Simon Sinek speaks of the elements of an infinite mindset. In part, those elements include a just cause. I see my work in the insurance field as a just cause. A just cause includes …

POSTED FEBRUARY 05, 2020 5:26 PM
2019 Natural Hazard Report Highlights Long Tail of Financial Recovery
Preparing for a catastrophe is a science. This science involves models built from data and analytics that can capture the worst-case scenario for businesses and homeowners. Knowing exactly what the worst looks like allows people to better prepare for it. …

POSTED FEBRUARY 04, 2020 8:00 AM
How should insurance commissioners get the job?
WARNING: This is a long one. Buckle in. Insurance Journal recently published an article detailing what action the Florida legislature is planning to take this year related to insurance. One item in particular caught my attention (so far); Senate Joint …

POSTED JANUARY 29, 2020 1:00 PM
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Let me preface this by saying that we work with dozens of dedicated, talented advertising agencies every year. Those that ask the tough questions. Those that review our audit statement. This is not about those agencies. We love you. You …

POSTED JANUARY 27, 2020 7:31 PM
How the Digital Tax Could Swallow Insurance
Though tensions were high coming in, President Donald Trump left the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with at least a temporary truce on one of his latest threatened tariff fights. Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly came to …

POSTED JANUARY 24, 2020 8:03 PM
Is it a MORAL or MORALE hazard?
I just read a really interesting article about determining liability when there is a car accident involving an autonomous vehicle. The article presents some of the findings from a study done by Columbia Engineering and Columbia Law School that indicates …

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2020 1:00 PM
Valuation of Manufactured Homes
Building valuation can be confusing at best. If you go to a real estate website like Zillow, it’ll give you an estimated market value for a building. It’s doubtful that anyone really knows how they come up with their estimates …

POSTED JANUARY 15, 2020 1:00 PM
Speculations on Risk
If you look at news in any way, you understand that the world is risky. Take a look at these stories in Insurance Journal. Worker in New Jersey Seriously Injured When Ditch Collapses Around Him Two Women Killed After New …

POSTED JANUARY 08, 2020 1:00 PM
New Years Eve – Some Risk Management Thoughts
On this first day of the year, I think it’s time to introduce a new seasonal them; the holiday risk management edition. Last night, people celebrated the New Year in all of the traditional ways. One of those traditions that’s …

POSTED JANUARY 01, 2020 1:00 PM
Holiday Policy Language: Christmas 2019
It’s time for another edition of holiday policy language, especially for Christmas 2019. This time, I felt it necessary to address a modern affliction that many people deal with. Some people love this time of year while others simply get …

POSTED DECEMBER 24, 2019 1:00 PM
2018 California Wildfires – An Actuarial Review
2018 was another catastrophic year for wildfires across the United States. Nearly 9 million acres burned, and many lives, homes and businesses were lost. California alone had over 1.8 million acres burned, and the Camp fire was the deadliest and …

POSTED DECEMBER 19, 2019 8:00 AM
A Few Holiday Risk Management Tips
This is a note to wish you a Happy Holidays. Before you think I’m backing away from my own personal love for and celebration of Christmas, let me list a few holidays (according to holidayinsights.com) that I hope you’ll celebrate …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2019 1:00 PM
‘Minibus’ Marks Missed Opportunity for TRIA, Ex-Im Risk Transfer
There has been much talk in recent years about the need to “drain the swamp” in Washington and bring public accountability to a federal government mired in self-dealing and special interests. But Congress this week will almost certainly approve a …

POSTED DECEMBER 18, 2019 12:18 AM
The Lowdown: Restoration Services – How Important Are You To Your Local Vendor?
According to Cleanfax’s 2019 Restoration Benchmarking Survey Report, restoration professionals rely upon adjusters and insurance relationships for 80% of their leads. When asked how vendors differentiate themselves from their competition, 73% report that their reputation and experience is the most …

POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2019 7:49 PM
How Online Reviews Affect Your Search Engine Rankings
People shop for and research insurance online every day. Some will do so on your insurance agency’s website. But this doesn’t come free. Those consumers picking your insurance agency have power because they can help your agency thrive. Or, they …

POSTED DECEMBER 10, 2019 8:00 AM
For Second Year in a Row, Louisiana Flunks R Street’s Insurance Report Card
The 2019 edition of the R Street Institute’s annual Insurance Regulation Report Card is out and, for the second year in a row, Louisiana has the ignominious distinction of finishing dead last. By our lights, the Pelican State has the …

POSTED DECEMBER 04, 2019 10:40 PM
Calling All Insurance Experts – Have You Ever Considered Webinars?
I have spent some time the last couple of weeks working on next year’s Academy of Insurance webinar schedule. No. It’s not online yet but look for it to start appearing soon. That made me think about something that I’ve …

POSTED DECEMBER 04, 2019 8:03 PM
The Lowdown: Innovation, Social Inflation, Hot Markets and More…
I recently had the benefit of attending the Society for Insurance Research 49th annual conference, where I was immersed in discussions about data, research, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more. This intimate conference included 200 attendees from 48 carriers and …

POSTED DECEMBER 04, 2019 3:58 PM
Factors that Contribute to Prolonged Recovery after California Wildfires
This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. As strong winds further exasperate the prime weather conditions for wildfires in California, efforts to save lives and property are a foremost priority of emergency responders and state officials. To …

POSTED DECEMBER 04, 2019 8:00 AM
Holiday Policy Language: Thanksgiving 2019
It’s that time of year again. It’s a time when millions of us will take to the air or to the road and travel to visit with our families and give thanks for all of the blessings that we have. …

POSTED NOVEMBER 27, 2019 3:21 PM
The Lowdown: What Heat Can Show Us
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, over 22% of non-residential fires are caused by electrical malfunction, heating or other equipment malfunctions. There are a number of reasons for this, including deferred maintenance, poor installation, unintended overload, corrosion and age. As …

POSTED NOVEMBER 21, 2019 2:59 PM
Introducing Popsicle Insurance, A Children’s Book
I wonder how many of us grew up wanting to get into the insurance business. I know that I didn’t. My path took me around the world before I found myself in need of a job. That’s what brought me …

POSTED NOVEMBER 21, 2019 1:00 PM

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