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The Business of People: 5 Ways to Be More Likeable

The most powerful way to position yourself and your business better is by being likeable.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021

ITC Highlights: Government Intervention on Cyber, InsurTech ‘Hype’

Thousands of insurance professionals converged in Las Vegas for InsureTech Connect 2021 (ITC) to discuss cyber market stabilization, cybercrime and more.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021

Client Expectations Grow for Insurance Agents

Commercial lines and personal lines clients need their insurance agents’ advice on a wider variety of business solutions, including retirement, banking benefits and cybersecurity, according to Nationwide.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021

Read Independent Agent on Desktop, Tablet and Smartphone

Big “I" members can access their monthly, member-only magazine on the go. The new platform is mobile-responsive and HTML-optimized, making it user-friendly and great for reading anytime anywhere.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021

Independent Agent Satisfaction with Carriers at All-Time High

The industry has placed a renewed focus on the independent agency channel, according to a study by the Big "I" and J.D. Power.

Posted: Oct 11, 2021

Dispelling Myths About Off-Road Vehicle Insurance

Are your clients’ off-road vehicles properly insured? Here are four common misconceptions to talk through to help your clients bypass pitfalls.

Posted: Oct 10, 2021

Beyond Survival: Key Strategies to Thrive as an Independent Agent

Smart Choice surveyed and interviewed independent agents from across the United States to understand the hurdles they face, the partnerships they’ve engaged and how these strategies have affected their businesses.

Posted: Oct 10, 2021

High-Risk Cyber Environment Prompts Premium, Capacity Restriction Spikes

Even with cybersecurity mitigations in place, organizations seeking cyber liability coverage will need to battle through sticker shock.

Posted: Oct 10, 2021

3 Safety Measures Condominium Boards Should Take Today

Condo and homeowner association boards should review and amend their policies to include provisions to ensure maintenance takes precedence.

Posted: Oct 10, 2021

3 Things that Matter in the Changing D&O Market

As companies reopen and bring their operations back to some level of normalcy, agents are in a prime position to assist clients in purchasing the right directors & officers liability insurance coverage.

Posted: Oct 10, 2021

3 Things that Matter in the Changing D&O Market

As companies reopen and bring their operations back to some level of normalcy, agents are in a prime position to assist clients in purchasing the right directors & officers liability insurance coverage.

Posted: Oct 10, 2021

Commercial Lines Composite Rates Accelerate in Third Quarter

Commercial rates saw an increase of 6.8% at third quarter of 2021, while personal lines saw average increases of 6.6%.

Posted: Oct 06, 2021

NFIP Reform Legislation Introduced in the Senate

The three bills introduced today aim at reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) with the intention of growing the private market.

Posted: Oct 06, 2021

Why You Need an Up-to-Date Careers Webpage

There are multiple aspects of a careers webpage that are imperative to include: here are four that can make or break a user's experience.

Posted: Oct 05, 2021

Cyber Risk Is the No. 1 Concern Across All Businesses

The majority of business leaders reported that cyber threats are their top concern, according to the 2021 Travelers Risk Index national survey.

Posted: Oct 05, 2021

Risk Rating 2.0: FEMA Issues October Agent Training Dates

Training webinars for ​Risk Rating 2.0, FEMA's new pricing methodology for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), are free for agents.

Posted: Oct 05, 2021

Home Grown: Cultivate Your Agency’s Next Leaders with ‘Perpeducation’

The next leaders of your agency may already be there—pass down the skills they need now.

Posted: Oct 05, 2021

Home Grown: Cultivate Your Agency’s Next Leaders with ‘Perpeducation’

The next leaders of your agency may already be there—pass down the skills they need now.

Posted: Oct 05, 2021

How to Prioritize Independence When Approaching an Agency to Acquire

Here are three lessons learned by partners who acquired an independent agency without sacrificing its entrepreneurial spirit.

Posted: Oct 04, 2021

4 Myths About Insuring Off-Road Vehicles

Fall and winter are prime seasons for off-roading. Make sure your clients are protected in all their off-road pursuits by helping dispel these insurance myths.

Posted: Oct 03, 2021

Building a Better Leave Policy

Build leave programs centered around your employees and their needs.

Posted: Oct 03, 2021

3 Best Ways to Manage Leads and Grow Faster

Managing a list of thousands of leads is a daunting task. The good news is it doesn’t need to be done manually. There is a quicker and more reliable way to handle leads!

Posted: Oct 03, 2021

Capacity for D&O Grows but Underwriters Still Wary

While there was additional capacity in the market during 2020, there's still a lot of underwriter uncertainty and concerns about systemic risks and the financial wellbeing of certain insureds

Posted: Oct 03, 2021

Westfield Widens BOP Coverage and Appetite

The SureStep® business owners policy (BOP) offers the conveniences of a traditional BOP as well as greater flexibility with significantly more forms to tailor coverage.

Posted: Oct 03, 2021

4 Ways Cannabis Impacts Personal Insurance Lines

The insurance industry continues to struggle to keep up with the swift pace of marijuana legalization. Here are four considerations for independent agents to consider.

Posted: Oct 03, 2021