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Brief NFIP Lapse Possible as Congress Considers Government Fundinghttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/brief-nfip-lapse-possible-as-congress-considers-government-fundingBrief NFIP Lapse Possible as Congress Considers Government FundingThe National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is scheduled to expire on the same date as government funding, which will expire tomorrow if legislation is not passed.12/2/2021 11:25:00 AMOn the HillFlood On the HillNewsWyatt Stewart
Big ‘I’ Leaders Once Again Named Among Top D.C. Lobbyistshttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/big-i-leaders-once-again-named-among-top-d-c-lobbyistsBig ‘I’ Leaders Once Again Named Among Top D.C. LobbyistsBob Rusbuldt, Big “I" president & CEO, and Charles Symington, Big “I" senior vice president of external, industry and government affairs, were named among the top trade association lobbyists this year.12/2/2021 11:15:00 AMOn the HillNewsWill Jones
House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Workers Comphttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/house-subcommittee-holds-hearing-on-workers-compHouse Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Workers CompThe hearing touched on the Department of Labor’s authority to reinstitute monitoring and reporting on the adequacy of state workers compensation programs.12/2/2021 11:05:00 AMOn the HillOn the HillNewsWyatt Stewart
Zywave Acquires Insurance Distribution Software Provider ClarionDoorhttps://www.iamagazine.com/topics/topic/technology/zywave-acquires-insurance-distribution-software-provider-clariondoorZywave Acquires Insurance Distribution Software Provider ClarionDoorClarionDoor's digital distribution products for carriers and managing general agencies (MGAs) complement Zywave's configure, price, quote (CPQ) solutions.12/2/2021 11:00:00 AMIn the NewsTechnology In the NewsTechnologyAnneMarie McPherson
Build Back Better Package Moves to Senatehttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/build-back-better-package-moves-to-senateBuild Back Better Package Moves to SenateAdvocacy efforts by the Big “I” proved successful on many fronts and several damaging provisions have been dropped from the legislation. 11/22/2021 11:25:00 AMOn the HillOn the HillNewsWyatt Stewart
Largest Ever Medicare Part B Premium Increase for 2022 https://www.iamagazine.com/news/largest-ever-medicare-part-b-premium-increase-for-2022Largest Ever Medicare Part B Premium Increase for 2022 The historically large increase is primarily due to the new Alzheimer's drug, Aduhelm, which is administered in an outpatient office and paid for under Part B. 11/18/2021 7:00:00 AMLife-HealthLife-HealthNewsOlivia Overman
States Curb Dog Breed Exclusions in Homeowners Insurancehttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/states-curb-dog-breed-exclusions-in-homeowners-insuranceStates Curb Dog Breed Exclusions in Homeowners InsuranceSince June, three states have placed restrictions on carriers’ ability to limit or deny homeowners insurance coverage based on ownership of specific dog breeds. 11/18/2021 5:00:00 AMHomeownersHomeownersNewsAnneMarie McPherson

 

 

Move Your Agency from High Maintenance to High Performancehttps://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/move-your-agency-from-high-maintenance-to-high-performanceMove Your Agency from High Maintenance to High PerformanceShift your agency from reactive and uncommunicative to proactive and clear by incorporating these three elements into your culture. 11/30/2021 5:00:00 AMAgency Operations & Best PracticesAgency Operations & Best PracticesStrategiesBrent Kelly
3 Sales Data Points Every Producer Should Measure https://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/3-sales-data-points-every-producer-should-measure3 Sales Data Points Every Producer Should Measure Get insight and motivation with these three key numbers. 11/23/2021 5:00:00 AMSales & MarketingSales & MarketingStrategiesSusan Toussaint
This Agency Network Contract Reads Like It Was Written by an Agent, for Agents—Because it Was!https://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/this-agency-network-contract-reads-like-it-was-written-by-an-agent-for-agents-because-it-wasThis Agency Network Contract Reads Like It Was Written by an Agent, for Agents—Because it Was!Here are the top agency network contract gotchas that will get you—unless you know what to look out for.11/29/2021 11:05:00 AMSponsored ContentAuto Homeowners BOPStrategies

 

 

Reducing the Impact of Cybercrime on Small Businesseshttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/reducing-the-impact-of-cybercrime-on-small-businessesReducing the Impact of Cybercrime on Small BusinessesCybersecurity is essential for small businesses, many of which are woefully unprepared and uninsured.11/29/2021 11:30:00 AMCyber LiabilityCyber LiabilityMarketsJeff Weaver
How Technology Is Changing the Boat Insurance Market https://www.iamagazine.com/markets/how-technology-is-changing-the-boat-insurance-marketHow Technology Is Changing the Boat Insurance Market Technological improvements make taking to the water safer. Such modernization brings a variety of boat insurance considerations for agents and clients. 11/22/2021 11:15:00 AMMarineMarine Personal LinesMarketsOlivia Overman
Arbella Insurance Launches Edge for Contractorshttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/arbella-insurance-launches-edge-for-contractorsArbella Insurance Launches Edge for ContractorsThe new product protects contractors' property, covers loss of income in the event of a loss and liability coverage protection from contractual liability and third-party lawsuits.11/29/2021 11:25:00 AMCommercial LinesCommercial LinesMarketsWill Jones
From the Front Lines: Marine https://www.iamagazine.com/markets/from-the-front-lines-marine_BealeFrom the Front Lines: Marine "Seek out an agent that specializes in personal marine insurance and learn the business," says independent agent Roger Beale. "In a marine policy, one line removed out of the policy can change the coverage."11/22/2021 11:10:00 AMMarineMarine Personal LinesMarketsOlivia Overman
How to Prevent Your Clients from Giving Money to Cybercriminalshttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/how-to-prevent-your-clients-from-giving-money-to-cybercriminalsHow to Prevent Your Clients from Giving Money to CybercriminalsWhile working at home, many employees are likely to respond to urgent emails without taking the time to assess the requests that may not be safe, resulting in a spike in social engineering claims.11/29/2021 11:20:00 AMCyber LiabilityCyber LiabilityMarketsSteve Robinson
RLI Personal Umbrella: A Smart Source of Protection https://www.iamagazine.com/markets/rli-personal-umbrella-a-smart-source-of-protectionRLI Personal Umbrella: A Smart Source of Protection With limits up to $5 million, immediate coverage in all 50 states and backing by an A+ rated company, an RLI personal umbrella policy is a smart source of protection. 11/22/2021 11:05:00 AMSponsored ContentUmbrellas General Liability Personal LinesMarkets
RLI Personal Umbrella: An Extra Layer of Protection https://www.iamagazine.com/markets/rli-personal-umbrella-an-extra-layer-of-protection_11292021RLI Personal Umbrella: An Extra Layer of Protection A personal umbrella policy from RLI provides your customers an extra layer of affordable liability protection over their existing homeowners and auto insurance policies.11/29/2021 11:00:00 AMSponsored ContentUmbrellas Personal Lines General LiabilityMarkets

 

 

Does Woman Who Sued Geico After Contracting STD Have a Case?https://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/does-woman-who-sued-geico-after-contracting-std-have-a-caseDoes Woman Who Sued Geico After Contracting STD Have a Case?A look at the policy form that Geico may have sold to the insured reveals that a key phrase is missing. 11/18/2021 6:00:00 AMAutoAutoViewpointsTim Dodge
Independent Agents Face Steeper Competition as Carriers Release Captive Agentshttps://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/independent-agents-face-steeper-competition-as-carriers-release-captive-agentsIndependent Agents Face Steeper Competition as Carriers Release Captive AgentsAs carriers continue to reexamine their business models, here’s how it’s impacting the independent agency channel.10/26/2021 10:00:00 AMAgency Operations & Best PracticesAgency Operations & Best PracticesViewpointsJoel Zwicker
How to Prioritize Independence When Approaching an Agency to Acquirehttps://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/how-to-prioritize-independence-when-approaching-an-agency-to-acquireHow to Prioritize Independence When Approaching an Agency to AcquireHere are three lessons learned by partners who acquired an independent agency without sacrificing its entrepreneurial spirit. 10/5/2021 4:00:00 AMPerpetuation & ValuationPerpetuation & ValuationViewpointsBilly Palmer, Bryan Robertson and Cory Broadaway

 

 

How Independent Agents Can Conquer the Middle Markethttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/december/how-independent-agents-can-conquer-the-middle-marketHow Independent Agents Can Conquer the Middle MarketBy adopting the right tactics, independent insurance agents are uniquely positioned to win the battle for middle market clients.12/1/2021 5:30:00 AMCommercial LinesCommercial LinesDecemberWill Jones
6 Components to Building a Winning Agency Team https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/december/6-components-to-building-a-winning-agency-team6 Components to Building a Winning Agency Team A great coach knows how to build a high-performing team. To do that, you need a blueprint because you can't build anything without a system to plug talented players into.12/1/2021 5:25:00 AMRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingDecemberWalter Bond
Why the Right EPLI Coverage Is a Lot Like Wearing a Seatbelthttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/december/why-the-right-epli-coverage-is-a-lot-like-wearing-a-seatbeltWhy the Right EPLI Coverage Is a Lot Like Wearing a Seatbelt​Like the driver who realizes they should have buckled their seatbelt after an accident, employment practices liability insurance is a coverage that most small businesses think they don't need. 12/1/2021 5:20:00 AMEmployment PracticesEmployment PracticesDecemberCaryn Mahoney
How the Red-Hot Housing Market Is Exposing Real Estate Agentshttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/december/how-the-red-hot-housing-market-is-exposing-real-estate-agentsHow the Red-Hot Housing Market Is Exposing Real Estate Agents​Homes are selling like hotcakes—and while the cakes may be beginning to cool off slightly compared to this spring, the intense market still means real estate agents need the insurance coverage to match.12/1/2021 5:15:00 AMProfessional LiabilityCommercial Lines Professional LiabilityDecemberAnneMarie McPherson
3 Ways to Prepare Your Agency for a High-End Valuationhttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/december/3-ways-to-prepare-your-agency-for-a-high-end-valuation3 Ways to Prepare Your Agency for a High-End ValuationIf you're buying an agency, these characteristics are important to understand to ensure you don't overpay. If you're a seller, knowing these characteristics before going to market allows you to maximize your deal.12/1/2021 5:10:00 AMPerpetuation & ValuationPerpetuation & ValuationDecemberTom Doran
4 Ways Employers Can Help Employees Pay Off Student Loans https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/december/4-ways-employers-can-help-employees-pay-off-student-loans4 Ways Employers Can Help Employees Pay Off Student Loans If you need to attract and retain young and competent talent, offering to help repay your employees' student debt could be crucial.12/1/2021 5:05:00 AMRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingRecruiting, Hiring & Training Perpetuation & ValuationDecemberLyle D. Solomon
Declaration of Independents: Marianne Speakmanhttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/december/declaration-of-independents-marianne-speakmanDeclaration of Independents: Marianne SpeakmanStarting out in the insurance industry in 1981 with The St. Paul Insurance Company in New Jersey right out of high school, Marianne Speakman worked her way up from file clerk to independent agency owner.12/1/2021 5:00:00 AMPerpetuation & ValuationPerpetuation & ValuationDecemberOlivia Overman