Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Independent Agent Magazine

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

President Biden Unveils the American Families Planhttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/president-biden-unveils-the-american-families-planPresident Biden Unveils the American Families PlanMost importantly for independent agents, the president’s plan does not call for any changes to the 20% tax deduction for small businesses. The plan is, however, expected to see several changes. 4/29/2021 10:00:00 AMOn the HillOn the HillNewsWyatt Stewart
TrustedChoice.com Partners with Semsee to Provide Commercial Quoting Onlinehttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/trustedchoice-com-partners-with-semsee-to-provide-commercial-quoting-onlineTrustedChoice.com Partners with Semsee to Provide Commercial Quoting OnlineThe combined solution allows business owners to visit TrustedChoice.com and answer simple questions to receive a quote indication and be connected with a local independent agency.4/27/2021 4:00:00 AMIn the NewsIn the NewsNewsWill Jones
Agency Pay Slows But Salary Satisfaction Highest in 5 Yearshttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/agency-pay-slows-but-salary-satisfaction-highest-in-5-yearsAgency Pay Slows But Salary Satisfaction Highest in 5 Years2020 saw a decrease in overall salary and total income growth for insurance agency personnel—yet satisfaction rates rose, especially in agencies that offered employee benefits. 4/29/2021 9:55:00 AMIn the NewsIn the News Recruiting, Hiring & TrainingNewsAnneMarie McPherson
Cannabis Legislation Passed in the Househttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/cannabis-legislation-passed-in-the-houseCannabis Legislation Passed in the HouseThe Big “I" supports the legislation because it creates a “safe harbor" for agents and brokers who choose to do business with cannabis-related legitimate businesses. 4/22/2021 10:00:00 AMOn the HillOn the HillNewsWyatt Stewart
State of the Association: The Big ‘I’ Leads the Wayhttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/state-of-the-association-the-big-i-leads-the-wayState of the Association: The Big ‘I’ Leads the WayBig “I” Chairman Jon Jensen presented the State of the Association address to Big “I” Virtual Legislative Conference attendees, offering hope and encouragement after what can only be described as a very difficult year. 4/16/2021 6:00:00 PMOn the HillOn the Hill Announcements & EventsNewsOlivia Overman
‘We Have the Opportunity to Enter a New Era of Bipartisanship,’ Says Sen. Manchinhttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/we-have-the-opportunity-to-enter-a-new-era-of-bipartisanship-says-sen-manchin‘We Have the Opportunity to Enter a New Era of Bipartisanship,’ Says Sen. ManchinSen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) encouraged congressional leaders to reach across the aisle to support America’s economic recovery and return Capitol Hill to its founding principles. 4/15/2021 6:25:00 PMOn the HillOn the HillNewsWill Jones
Rep. Gottheimer Seeks ‘Common-Sense Solutions’ on Capitol Hill https://www.iamagazine.com/news/rep-gottheimer-seeks-common-sense-solutions-on-capitol-hillRep. Gottheimer Seeks ‘Common-Sense Solutions’ on Capitol Hill “Despite what you may see on Twitter, TV and on cable news with all the screaming and yelling, there's still plenty of us that are focused on where we can get agreement and where we can find common-sense solutions,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey) said.4/15/2021 6:00:00 PMOn the HillOn the HillNewsOlivia Overman

 

 

Why DIC and DIL Clauses Are Key for Insuring Multinational Riskshttps://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/why-dic-and-dil-clauses-are-key-for-insuring-multinational-risksWhy DIC and DIL Clauses Are Key for Insuring Multinational RisksDifference in conditions and difference in limits are valuable clause enhancements to a client’s multinational program when uniform terms and conditions are desired to resolve international losses.5/5/2021 4:00:00 AMCommercial LinesCommercial LinesStrategiesTom Harris and Patric Jones
6 Things to Consider with Out-of-State Remote Employees https://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/6-things-to-consider-with-out-of-state-remote-employees6 Things to Consider with Out-of-State Remote Employees Did remote work due to the coronavirus pandemic create some long-term legal and tax implications for your agency? Here are six requirements you should consider.4/28/2021 4:00:00 AMAgency Operations & Best PracticesAgency Operations & Best PracticesStrategiesPaige McAllister
What’s the Difference Between a DP3 and a HO3?https://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/what-s-the-difference-between-a-dp3-and-a-ho3What’s the Difference Between a DP3 and a HO3?A client had a secondary home insured with the DP3 that they just moved into on a fulltime basis. When talking with clients, what's the best way to explain the difference between a DP3 and HO3 homeowners policy?4/30/2021 4:00:00 AMHomeownersHomeownersStrategiesBig "I" Virtual University Faculty

 

 

How Restaurant Owners Learned to Survive During the Pandemic https://www.iamagazine.com/markets/how-restaurant-owners-learned-to-survive-during-the-pandemicHow Restaurant Owners Learned to Survive During the Pandemic Restaurant owners had to become innovative if they had any chance of succeeding over the past year. These changes introduced new risk exposures impacting their insurance policies. 5/3/2021 10:15:00 AMRestaurants/BarsRestaurants/BarsMarketsOlivia Overman
Global Supply Chain Disruptions Make Business Interruption Insurance Crucialhttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/global-supply-chain-disruptions-make-business-interruption-insurance-crucialGlobal Supply Chain Disruptions Make Business Interruption Insurance CrucialToday's global economy is more interconnected than ever—and the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the extensive impact of supply chain disruptions on a business.4/26/2021 10:10:00 AMCommercial LinesCommercial LinesMarketsFrank Sheridan
How the Shift to Remote Workplaces Impacts Your Commercial Clients’ Insurance Needshttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/how-the-shift-to-remote-workplaces-impacts-your-commercial-clients-insurance-needsHow the Shift to Remote Workplaces Impacts Your Commercial Clients’ Insurance NeedsAs COVID-19 plunged businesses into remote work models, agents' understanding of these changes had to evolve to ensure coverage of their clients’ risks. 5/3/2021 10:05:00 AMCommercial LinesWorkers Comp Cyber LiabilityMarketsAnneMarie McPherson
4 Ways Independent Agents Can Be Trusted Advisors on Cyber Insurancehttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/4-ways-independent-agents-can-be-trusted-advisors-on-cyber-insurance4 Ways Independent Agents Can Be Trusted Advisors on Cyber InsuranceWhen a cyber attack occurs, not only does a business suffer a loss from business interruption but its brand and reputation can be also be damaged. Here are four ways agents can assist clients in purchasing cyber insurance. 4/26/2021 10:20:00 AMCyber LiabilityCyber LiabilityMarketsOlivia Overman
New Everest A&E Policy Offers Professional Liability, Pollution and Cyber Coveragehttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/new-everest-a-e-policy-offers-professional-liability-pollution-and-cyber-coverageNew Everest A&E Policy Offers Professional Liability, Pollution and Cyber CoverageThe new architects & engineers professional liability policy provides design professionals with professional, pollution and cyber liability coverage, as well as robust risk management services.5/3/2021 10:10:00 AMProfessional LiabilityProfessional Liability Environmental Liability Cyber LiabilityMarketsWill Jones
NIA Launches Communicable Disease Coveragehttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/nia-launches-communicable-disease-coverageNIA Launches Communicable Disease CoverageNonprofits Insurance Alliance members can purchase a sublimit amount of coverage to protect their organizations from liability claims arising from communicable disease.4/26/2021 10:15:00 AMLife-HealthLife-HealthMarketsWill Jones
How the Biggest Cybersecurity Concern for Businesses is Changing Insurancehttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/how-the-biggest-cybersecurity-concern-for-businesses-is-changing-insuranceHow the Biggest Cybersecurity Concern for Businesses is Changing InsuranceRansomware attacks' quickly evolving nature and widespread impact have led to a hardening cyber insurance market, narrowing coverage and more. 4/19/2021 10:20:00 AMCyber LiabilityCyber LiabilityMarketsOlivia Overman

 

 

Student of the Industry: How is Cannabis Evolving in Your State? https://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/student-of-the-industry-how-is-cannabis-evolving-in-your-stateStudent of the Industry: How is Cannabis Evolving in Your State? With the cannabis insurance industry blazing ahead, learn how to study the smoke signals to determine if and when your agency should pursue this budding line. 4/20/2021 4:00:00 AMCannabisCannabis Student of the IndustryViewpointsPaul Buse
Why Education is the Way Forward for a Post-Pandemic Agency https://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/why-education-is-the-way-forward-for-a-post-pandemic-agencyWhy Education is the Way Forward for a Post-Pandemic Agency Continuing education will always be a key to an agency’s success. Here's how COVID-19 has changed what and how we learn. 5/4/2021 4:00:00 AMRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingViewpointsDebbie Ivie
Student of the Industry: How Much Do Insurers Pay for Their Insurance?https://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/student-of-the-industry-how-much-do-insurers-pay-for-their-insuranceStudent of the Industry: How Much Do Insurers Pay for Their Insurance?Do property-casualty insurers really buy insurance from other insurers? Yes, they do—$700 million of it. Could one be your next client? 3/23/2021 4:00:00 AMStudent of the IndustryStudent of the Industry Commercial LinesViewpointsPaul Buse

 

 

You're a Family-Run Agency but Are You a Family-Friendly Agency?https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/may/youre-a-family-run-agency-but-are-you-a-family-friendly-agencyYou're a Family-Run Agency but Are You a Family-Friendly Agency?Why treating your team like family is the secret to a happy and healthy workforce.5/1/2021 4:35:00 AMRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingMayWill Jones
Commercial Lines Submissions Technology: The Missing Link?https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/april/commercial-lines-submissions-technology-the-missing-linkCommercial Lines Submissions Technology: The Missing Link?How the independent agent's role in commercial lines submissions is evolving and how, in many important ways, it will stay exactly the same. 4/1/2021 12:30:00 PMTechnologyTechnology Commercial LinesAprilAnneMarie McPherson
10 Ways to Energize Your Employeeshttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/may/10-ways-to-energize-your-employees10 Ways to Energize Your EmployeesIncrease emplyee engagement by rethinking your approach to onboarding and the long-term experience.5/1/2021 4:30:00 AMRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingRecruiting, Hiring & TrainingMayBrett Carter
9 E&O Claims from Past Hurricane Seasonshttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/may/9-e-o-claims-from-past-hurricane-seasons9 E&O Claims from Past Hurricane SeasonsNot sure what to look out for as hurricane season approaches? Here are nine examples of recurring errors & omissions claim scenarios from past hurricane seasons.5/1/2021 4:25:00 AME&O Loss ControlE&O Loss ControlMayMatthew R. Davis
5 Reasons to Add Surety to Your Portfolio https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/may/5-reasons-to-add-surety-to-your-portfolio5 Reasons to Add Surety to Your Portfolio Don’t let inexperience with surety be a deterrent to including bonds in your portfolio of services. Here are five reasons why it’s never been a better time to sell surety.5/1/2021 4:20:00 AMCommercial LinesCommercial LinesMayWilliam Beebe
Why You Need to Future-Proof Your Brandhttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/may/why-you-need-to-future-proof-your-brandWhy You Need to Future-Proof Your BrandInvesting time in your firm’s brand can have a positive impact for years to come.5/1/2021 4:15:00 AMSales & MarketingSales & MarketingMayLaura Packard
Growing Your Agency with Sales and Service https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2021/may/growing-your-agency-with-sales-and-serviceGrowing Your Agency with Sales and Service How to grow your business without losing the heart and soul of your agency.5/1/2021 4:10:00 AMSales & MarketingSales & Marketing Agency Operations & Best PracticesMayKatlyn Eggar