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Two-Thirds Believe Homeowners, Renters Covers Flood Damagehttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/two-thirds-believe-homeowners-renters-covers-flood-damageTwo-Thirds Believe Homeowners, Renters Covers Flood DamageConsumers have significant misconceptions about flooding causes and what is and isn't insured under their homeowners or renters policies.2/22/2024 11:00:00 AMFloodHomeowners FloodNewsAnneMarie McPherson Spears
Hard Market Among the Top Issues for 2024 Big 'I' Legislative Conferencehttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/hard-market-among-the-top-issues-for-2024-big-i-legislative-conferenceHard Market Among the Top Issues for 2024 Big 'I' Legislative ConferenceAddressing the insurance market crisis by cracking down on lawsuit abuse and encouraging risk mitigation will be one of the focuses at the Legislative Conference, taking place April 10-12 in Washington, D.C.2/15/2024 11:05:00 AMOn the HillOn the HillNewsTeddie Norton Reilly
M&A Activity Falls 24% in 2023, More Deals Expected in 2024https://www.iamagazine.com/news/m-a-activity-falls-24-in-2023-more-deals-expected-in-2024M&A Activity Falls 24% in 2023, More Deals Expected in 2024Despite the decline in the number of merger & acquisition transactions in 2023, there was a consistent volume of transactions throughout the year. 2/5/2024 11:05:00 AMIn the NewsIn the NewsNewsOlivia Overman
Bluesnarfing, Sybil Attacks and Other Emerging Cybercrime Tactics https://www.iamagazine.com/news/bluesnarfing-sybil-attacks-and-other-emerging-cybercrime-tacticsBluesnarfing, Sybil Attacks and Other Emerging Cybercrime Tactics Attacks on Bluetooth devices are a growing trend in the cybercrime world. Here are some of the common threats you and your clients should be aware of.1/31/2024 11:05:00 AMCyber LiabilityIn the NewsNewsAnneMarie McPherson Spears
2024 Big ‘I’ Legislative Conference Registration Open https://www.iamagazine.com/news/2024-big-i-legislative-conference-registration-open2024 Big ‘I’ Legislative Conference Registration Open The premier event for independent agents will take place April 10-12 in Washington, D.C.1/25/2024 5:00:00 AMAnnouncements & EventsAnnouncements & EventsNewsLisa Johnson-Briggs
Top 5 Most-Read Articles in Independent Agent in January https://www.iamagazine.com/news/top-5-most-read-articles-in-independent-agent-in-january_2024Top 5 Most-Read Articles in Independent Agent in January The start of 2024 brought some good news with property & casualty premium growth, but also highlighted historic increases in auto insurance rates and the changing landscape of agency errors & omissions coverage.2/1/2024 11:00:00 AMAnnouncements & EventsAnnouncements & EventsNewsAnneMarie McPherson Spears
Big ‘I’ Opposes Cuts to FCIP in Biden’s Next Budget https://www.iamagazine.com/news/big-i-opposes-cuts-to-fcip-in-biden-s-next-budgetBig ‘I’ Opposes Cuts to FCIP in Biden’s Next Budget The Big “I" along with over 60 other industry groups sent letters opposing any proposed cuts to the Federal Crop Insurance Program in FY2025 budget. 2/1/2024 11:00:00 AMOn the HillOn the HillNewsCorey Miller

 

 

Funds Transfer Fraud: Does Victim Still Have to Pay Real Invoice?https://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/funds-transfer-fraud-does-victim-still-have-to-pay-real-invoiceFunds Transfer Fraud: Does Victim Still Have to Pay Real Invoice?Contractor B paid a fraudulent invoice for $26,000 to a hacker claiming to be Contractor A, and now doesn't want to pay the legitimate bill.2/23/2024 5:00:00 AMCyber LiabilityCyber Liability Commercial LinesStrategiesBig “I” Virtual University Faculty
10 Questions to Ask When Choosing Data Analytics Softwarehttps://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/10-questions-to-ask-when-choosing-data-analytics-software10 Questions to Ask When Choosing Data Analytics SoftwareInvest in the right data analytics technology to tap into the full potential of your agency's data.2/21/2024 11:00:00 AMAgency Operations & Best PracticesAgency Operations & Best PracticesStrategiesVijay Rengarajan
PAP Business Use Exclusion: Employees Using Manager’s Car for Business Use https://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/pap-business-use-exclusion-employees-using-manager-s-car-for-business-usePAP Business Use Exclusion: Employees Using Manager’s Car for Business Use An insured allows his employees to drive two of his personal vehicles for activities related to his auto repair buiness. Does PAP liability extend to the employees?2/16/2024 5:00:00 AMAutoAuto Personal LinesStrategiesBig “I” Virtual University Faculty

 

 

How Weather-Related Losses Forced Farmers and Crop Insurance to Adapt https://www.iamagazine.com/markets/how-weather-related-losses-forced-farmers-and-crop-insurance-to-adaptHow Weather-Related Losses Forced Farmers and Crop Insurance to Adapt Extreme weather has been impacting the agricultural industry for years, with crop insurance providing support for many of the losses experienced.2/12/2024 11:20:00 AMCommercial LinesCommercial LinesMarketsOlivia Overman
3 Ways Agents Can Help Public Entity Clients Navigate a Difficult Market https://www.iamagazine.com/markets/3-ways-agents-can-help-public-entity-clients-navigate-a-difficult-market3 Ways Agents Can Help Public Entity Clients Navigate a Difficult Market Independent agents can make sure their public entity clients understand their risks and have the insurance protection they need at a price they can afford. 2/5/2024 11:15:00 AMPublic EntitiesPublic EntitiesMarketsOlivia Overman
Quilting Together Coverage in a Difficult Environment for Public Entities https://www.iamagazine.com/markets/quilting-together-coverage-in-a-difficult-environment-for-public-entitiesQuilting Together Coverage in a Difficult Environment for Public Entities Couple the unique risk exposures of public entities with continued economic challenges such as inflation and labor shortages, and “Groundhog Day" may be set to continue.1/29/2024 11:15:00 AMPublic EntitiesPublic EntitiesMarketsOlivia Overman
E&O Risk Management Strategies to Strengthen Client Bonds in 2024https://www.iamagazine.com/markets/e-o-risk-management-strategies-to-strengthen-client-bonds-in-2024E&O Risk Management Strategies to Strengthen Client Bonds in 2024At a time when agencies are feeling the squeeze from increasing operational costs and companies cutting commissions, solidifying relationships will help retain clients and protect income.2/12/2024 11:05:00 AMPersonal LinesPersonal Lines Commercial Lines Professional LiabilityMarketsNancy Germond
4 Tips to Prepare New Agents to Sell Medicarehttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/4-tips-to-prepare-new-agents-to-sell-medicare4 Tips to Prepare New Agents to Sell MedicareHere’s how to identify new agents and prepare them to sell Medicare more efficiently and successfully.2/5/2024 11:00:00 AMLife-HealthLife-Health Sales & MarketingMarketsFrankie Villeneuve
Specialty Crops and the Changing Crop Insurance Landscapehttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/specialty-crops-and-the-changing-crop-insurance-landscapeSpecialty Crops and the Changing Crop Insurance LandscapeOver the past 20 years, the number of individual specialty crops insured under crop insurance programs increased by 27%, and in October 2023 the USDA announced expanded coverage options for specialty-crop and organic producers.1/29/2024 11:00:00 AMCommercial LinesCommercial LinesMarketsOlivia Overman
Mercury Unveils All-New Personal Umbrella Policyhttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/mercury-unveils-all-new-personal-umbrella-policyMercury Unveils All-New Personal Umbrella PolicyThe recent trend of rising liability injury claims for home and auto owners that exceed traditional policy limits has moved Mercury to unveil an all-new personal umbrella insurance policy.12/18/2023 5:15:00 AMUmbrellasUmbrellasMarketsWill Jones

 

 

Agency Nation Meets: Max Revenue https://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/agency-nation-meets-max-revenueAgency Nation Meets: Max Revenue Max Revenue is half man, half meme, 100% producer and the co-founder of Max Revenue.2/21/2024 5:00:00 AMSales & MarketingSales & MarketingViewpointsAgency Nation
How Homeowners Insurance Coverage Has Changed and What This Means for Agentshttps://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/how-homeowners-insurance-coverage-has-changed-and-what-this-means-for-agentsHow Homeowners Insurance Coverage Has Changed and What This Means for AgentsIndependent agents understand the importance of making sure a home is protected and can help customers navigate the changing homeowners insurance environment.2/12/2024 11:00:00 AMSponsored ContentHomeownersViewpoints
Agency Nation Meets: Carey Wallacehttps://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/agency-nation-meets-carey-wallaceAgency Nation Meets: Carey WallaceCarey Wallace, an entrepreneur at heart, is the founder of Agency Focus, an independent insurance agency consulting company.12/7/2023 5:00:00 AMPerpetuation & ValuationViewpointsAgency Nation

 

 

Road to Riches: Providing a Path to Producer Validationhttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/february/road-to-riches-providing-a-path-to-producer-validationRoad to Riches: Providing a Path to Producer ValidationAs seasoned producers reach retirement age, investment in new ones is crucial for agencies that are looking to grow. From interviewing and hiring to training and upskilling, follow these steps to make sure your investment pays off.2/1/2024 5:35:00 AMRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingFebruaryAnneMarie McPherson Spears
Data Autonomy: How Independent Agencies Can Achieve Technology Independencehttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/february/data-autonomy-how-independent-agencies-can-achieve-technology-independenceData Autonomy: How Independent Agencies Can Achieve Technology Independence​Independent insurance agencies offer their clients the freedom to choose the best policy for their needs, irrespective of carrier. But is your agency following that same principle with your tech stack?2/1/2024 5:30:00 AMTechnologyFebruaryRachel Stauffer
6 Steps to Implementing Automationhttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/february/6-steps-to-implementing-automation6 Steps to Implementing AutomationWhile the promise of increased efficiency and streamlined process beckons, successful implementation of automation hinges on auditing workflows first.2/1/2024 5:25:00 AMTechnologyAgency Operations & Best PracticesFebruaryMartina Seferovic
The Challenges of Insuring the Energy Sectorhttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/february/the-challenges-of-insuring-the-energy-sectorThe Challenges of Insuring the Energy Sector​While 2022 marked one of the largest loss years for the energy sector—with an estimated annual gross loss of more than $7 billion—2023 brought hardened rates and no end in sight for the many challenges impacting the energy insurance market.2/1/2024 5:20:00 AMCommercial LinesFebruaryAnneMarie McPherson Spears
4 Ways to Drive Small Commercial Leads Through Web Optimization https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/february/4-ways-to-drive-small-commercial-leads-through-web-optimization4 Ways to Drive Small Commercial Leads Through Web Optimization With hard market conditions being particularly acute in the personal lines space, focusing efforts on driving small commercial leads is a great way for agents to diversify their book.2/1/2024 5:15:00 AMSales & MarketingCommercial LinesFebruaryStacie Cooper
5 Ways to Build Your Pathway to Agency Ownershiphttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/february/5-ways-to-build-your-pathway-to-agency-ownership5 Ways to Build Your Pathway to Agency OwnershipWith many agency principals retiring in the next five to 10 years, there’s an opportunity for hungry, energetic leaders to step into ownership. What are you doing now to get ready?2/1/2024 5:10:00 AMPerpetuation & ValuationFebruaryCarey Wallace
Declaration of Independents: Jarrard 'Rod' Powell Sr.https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/february/declaration-of-independents-jarrard-rod-powell-srDeclaration of Independents: Jarrard 'Rod' Powell Sr.Powell grew up cutting records and touring as an R&B artist but ended up breaking into insurance instead. “It went from something on the side to a passion to, ultimately, a purpose,” he says.2/1/2024 5:05:00 AMAgency Operations & Best PracticesFebruaryWill Jones