Towers Watson research shows commercial insurance prices are on the rise

The most recent Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS) by Towers Watson, has shown that commercial insurance prices rose by an average of almost 1.5 percent during 2011’s second quarter, which is the first time that all standard commercial lines headed in an upward direction since 2003. The results of CLIPS align with the preliminary results that were obtained by a Towers Watson survey which will soon be released. They showed that 75 percent of CFOs feel that the standard property market prices have either hit the lowest point that…

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New regulations in New York make for impossible contractor insurance requirements

New insurance regulations are slated to go into effect in New York City next week, leading many insurance agents to warn contractors in the City that it may be too late to obtain increased coverage. The City’s Department of Buildings has made changes to the requirements associated with general liability coverage. Effective June 13, insurance policies that do not cover liability for completed work, explosions, collapses and other catastrophic events will be prohibited. Several of the new regulations will make it nearly impossible for the majority of contactors in the…

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Alabama tax deductions for small business insurance prolonged

Alabama governor Robert Bentley recently signed into law a bill that would extend the state’s existence income tax deductions for small businesses offering health insurance benefits. The new law will apply to the current tax year and state officials hope that it will drive down the unemployment rate. Small businesses all over the country have had to make cuts to the benefits they offer employees. Currently, the state’s unemployment rate is at 9.2%. Lawmakers believe that if they can encourage employers to hire more, many of the financial problems the…

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How will new health reform laws affect workers comp sector

Members of the Casualty Actuarial Society recently attended a conference concerning the effect the new health reform bill could have on the casualty and property industry.  Several concerns over possible effects on the worker compensation system were put to rest, and possible results on lowering medical malpractice suits were discussed. Because worker compensation medical claims are a part of the overall rise in healthcare, many have been concerned about possible changes under the new reform bill. After the statistics were broken down though, there didn’t seem to be much to…

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