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M&A Dealmaking Approaching 'Normal’ Levels https://www.iamagazine.com/news/m-a-dealmaking-approaching-normal-levelsM&A Dealmaking Approaching 'Normal’ Levels The first half of 2024 saw 300 announced insurance agency mergers and acquisitions, the lowest first-half total in four years, according to OPTIS Partners.7/17/2024 4:00:00 AMIn the NewsAgency Operations & Best PracticesNewsAnneMarie McPherson Spears
Ban on Noncompete Agreements Dealt Significant Blow https://www.iamagazine.com/news/ban-on-noncompete-agreements-dealt-significant-blowBan on Noncompete Agreements Dealt Significant Blow Two lawsuits seek to block the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ban on noncompete agreements from taking effect as scheduled on Sept. 4.7/11/2024 10:05:00 AMOn the HillOn the HillNewsNathan Riedel
FTC Issues Rule Banning Noncompete Agreementshttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/ftc-issues-rule-banning-noncompete-agreementsFTC Issues Rule Banning Noncompete AgreementsIndependent insurance agents who are considering the impact of the new regulation on their agencies and firms should consider some of the rule’s key elements and certain revisions that were incorporated in the final text. 4/25/2024 4:00:00 AMOn the HillOn the HillNewsWes Bissett
What Agency Staff Like Most About Their Jobshttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/what-agency-staff-like-most-about-their-jobsWhat Agency Staff Like Most About Their JobsThe majority of professionals within the insurance industry remain passionate about the industry itself and about helping the people they serve, according to a Vertafore report. 7/11/2024 10:00:00 AMIn the NewsIn the NewsNewsOlivia Overman
Top 5 Most-Read Articles in Independent Agent in June https://www.iamagazine.com/news/top-5-most-read-articles-in-independent-agent-in-june_2024Top 5 Most-Read Articles in Independent Agent in June From the continued heat in the personal auto market to the consequences of risk misclassification and emerging risks, such as short-term rentals and lithium batteries, June's articles provided an analysis of industry trends and market conditions.7/10/2024 10:00:00 AMAnnouncements & EventsAnnouncements & EventsNewsAnneMarie McPherson Spears
Big ‘I’ Releases 2024 Market Share Report https://www.iamagazine.com/news/big-i-releases-2024-market-share-reportBig ‘I’ Releases 2024 Market Share Report Independent agency market share holds steady in the hard market and continues growth in personal lines.6/27/2024 4:00:00 AMIn the NewsIn the NewsNewsWill Jones
Trusted Choice® Releases AI Marketing Toolkithttps://www.iamagazine.com/news/trusted-choice-releases-ai-marketing-toolkitTrusted Choice® Releases AI Marketing ToolkitThe toolkit provides resources for mastering AI prompts, using AI for search engine optimization (SEO), auditing an AI chatbot, ethics and best practices, and more.6/13/2024 4:00:00 AMSales & MarketingSales & Marketing TechnologyNewsJoseph Cox

 

 

What’s the Difference Between a Condo and a Townhouse?https://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/what-s-the-difference-between-a-condo-and-a-townhouseWhat’s the Difference Between a Condo and a Townhouse?Can townhouse exteriors be insured by each owner with the homeowners association (HOA) insuring common areas?7/19/2024 4:00:00 AMHomeownersHomeownersStrategiesBig “I” Virtual University Faculty
Why Home Maintenance Can Help Customers Take Back Control Against Weather Loss Trendshttps://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/why-home-maintenance-can-help-customers-take-back-control-against-weather-loss-trendsWhy Home Maintenance Can Help Customers Take Back Control Against Weather Loss TrendsHome maintenance spots to focus on to reduce risk.7/22/2024 10:00:00 AMSponsored ContentHomeownersStrategies
Protection Through Prevention: The Evolving Role of the Independent Agenthttps://www.iamagazine.com/strategies/protection-through-prevention-the-evolving-role-of-the-independent-agentProtection Through Prevention: The Evolving Role of the Independent AgentInsights on home maintenance to reduce risks.7/15/2024 10:05:00 AMSponsored ContentHomeownersStrategies

 

 

Why Realtors Need to Take E&O Coverage Seriouslyhttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/why-realtors-need-to-take-e-o-coverage-seriouslyWhy Realtors Need to Take E&O Coverage SeriouslyAs the market for real estate agents has continued to change, one of the results has been an increase in the frequency and severity of claims made against them.7/22/2024 10:20:00 AMProfessional LiabilityProfessional LiabilityMarketsOlivia Overman
Lessons Learned From 3 Real-Life Builders Risk Claimshttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/lessons-learned-from-3-real-life-builders-risk-claimsLessons Learned From 3 Real-Life Builders Risk ClaimsWhat may seem like insignificant details can have profound ramifications if a claim occurs. Here’s how to avoid a major setback with a client’s policy.7/22/2024 10:10:00 AMBuilders RiskBuilders RiskMarketsRachele Holden
Arrowhead Combines Workers Comp with Commercial Auto Companion Producthttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/arrowhead-combines-workers-comp-with-commercial-auto-companion-productArrowhead Combines Workers Comp with Commercial Auto Companion ProductArrowhead announced that it will begin offering commercial auto insurance to its workers comp clients in construction-related industries. 7/22/2024 10:15:00 AMWorkers CompWorkers Comp Commercial LinesMarketsWill Jones
The Benefits of Commercial Output Insurancehttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/the-benefits-of-commercial-output-insuranceThe Benefits of Commercial Output InsuranceDiscover how this all-encompassing safety net can safeguard your client’s assets. 7/22/2024 10:05:00 AMSponsored ContentBuilders Risk Commercial LinesMarkets
4 Ways to Enhance Your Role with Workers Comp Clientshttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/4-ways-to-enhance-your-role-with-workers-comp-clients4 Ways to Enhance Your Role with Workers Comp ClientsAs the business sector continues to develop with new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), agents can add value to their client relationships via numerous paths.7/15/2024 10:25:00 AMWorkers CompWorkers CompMarketsOlivia Overman
From the Front Lines: Constructionhttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/from-the-front-lines-construction_RiggsFrom the Front Lines: Construction"There is a growing focus on sustainability and green building practices in the construction industry, which can impact insurance requirements and the coverage needed," says independent agent Jase Riggs. 6/10/2024 10:15:00 AMBuilders RiskBuilders RiskMarketsOlivia Overman
From the Front Lines: Homeownershttps://www.iamagazine.com/markets/from-the-front-lines-homeowners_SparrenbergerFrom the Front Lines: Homeowners"Inflation isn't sparing the housing market, pushing up prices for homes and everything within them," says independent agent Jake Sparrenberger. "Couple that with the rising frequency and severity of storms, and insurance companies find themselves footing larger and more frequent claims."7/15/2024 10:15:00 AMHomeownersHomeownersMarketsOlivia Overman

 

 

Agency Nation Meets: Jess Butlerhttps://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/agency-nation-meets-jess-butlerAgency Nation Meets: Jess ButlerButler leads the strategy for Vertafore’s connective products for commercial and personal lines, identifies market hurdles and establishes go-to-market plans to ensure launch readiness and success.3/25/2024 4:00:00 AMTechnologyTechnologyViewpointsAgency Nation
Agency Nation Meets: Mindi Zissmanhttps://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/agency-nation-meets-mindi-zissmanAgency Nation Meets: Mindi ZissmanMindi Zissman is the president of Zissman Media, a business-to-business content firm specializing in the risk, insurance and compliance industries.3/25/2024 4:00:00 AMSales & MarketingSales & MarketingViewpointsAgency Nation
4 Tips for Agents to Educate Customers on Homeowners Insurance https://www.iamagazine.com/viewpoints/4-tips-for-agents-to-educate-customers-on-homeowners-insurance4 Tips for Agents to Educate Customers on Homeowners Insurance Here's some advice for agents to discuss the current changes in homeowners insurance with their clients.2/26/2024 11:00:00 AMSponsored ContentHomeownersViewpoints

 

 

Relationship Advice for the Hard Markethttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/july/relationship-advice-for-the-hard-marketRelationship Advice for the Hard MarketAgents need carriers and carriers need agents. It's a symbiotic relationship that puts insurance into the hands of the businesses that need it. However, the hard market is putting a strain on relationships across the insurance distribution system7/1/2024 4:35:00 AMCommercial LinesJulyWill Jones
3 Ways the Hard Market Impacts Due Diligence When Buying an Agencyhttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/july/3-ways-the-hard-market-impacts-due-diligence-when-buying-an-agency3 Ways the Hard Market Impacts Due Diligence When Buying an AgencyThe hard market changes how you prepare to make an offer on a business, including the need for additional investigation in key areas.7/1/2024 4:30:00 AMPerpetuation & ValuationJulyColby Allen
Will Federal Regulations Make PFAS the New Asbestos?https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/july/will-federal-regulations-make-pfas-the-new-asbestosWill Federal Regulations Make PFAS the New Asbestos?PFAS can be found in items from firefighting foam to food packaging, which means agents should be taking a hard look at all their commercial insureds for potential PFAS exposure.7/1/2024 4:25:00 AMEnvironmental LiabilityJulyAnneMarie McPherson Spears
A Primer on Professional Liability Insurance for Independent Agentshttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/july/a-primer-on-professional-liability-insurance-for-independent-agentsA Primer on Professional Liability Insurance for Independent AgentsMistakes happen. Professional liability insurance protects both your customers and your personal assets.7/1/2024 4:20:00 AMProduct LiabilityJulyCara Gates
How InsurTech Boosts Efficiency and Growth for Small Agencies https://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/july/how-insurtech-boosts-efficiency-and-growth-for-small-agenciesHow InsurTech Boosts Efficiency and Growth for Small Agencies By embracing InsurTech, smaller agencies can keep pace with the evolving insurance landscape and gain a competitive edge.7/1/2024 4:15:00 AMTechnologyTechnologyJulyJason Keck
Why No Marketing Can Be the Best Marketinghttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/july/why-no-marketing-can-be-the-best-marketingWhy No Marketing Can Be the Best MarketingYou can't shine a sneaker. Improving what you sell is better than improving how you talk about what you sell.7/1/2024 4:10:00 AMSales & MarketingJulyMichael Katz
Declaration of Independents: Emmanuel Osuyahhttps://www.iamagazine.com/magazine/issues/2024/july/declaration-of-independents-emmanuel-osuyahDeclaration of Independents: Emmanuel OsuyahOsuyah's first venture into insurance was in 2004 when he purchased his mother-in-law's Allstate agency. He quickly realized that this was not the right road for him and decided to go the independent agency route. 7/1/2024 4:05:00 AMAgency Operations & Best PracticesJulyOlivia Overman