Lawyers gain broadened professional liability coverage from OneBeacon

OneBeacon Insurance Group member, OneBeacon Professional Insurance (OBPI), has launched a broadened lawyers’ professional liability (LPL) coverage so that its protections will now include network security and privacy (NSP) liability. Lawyers can access this new offering in either of two possible ways, which are: 1. As an LPL policy endorsement 2. As its own standalone coverage According to the OBPI senior vice president of the LPL division, Kim Noble, these days, a law firm’s lifeblood is its information systems, and it is vital to protect those systems, as they may…

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New York lawmakers pass new regulation allowing insurers to issue policies without waiting for approval

New York legislators have passed a new insurance regulation that will allow most insurance companies in the state to issue policies without filing rate proposals. The regulation pertains to the commercial market and is meant to give insurers more flexibility in serving commercial clients. Lawmakers hope that the regulation will bring some speed to the commercial insurance process as they fear that the market may be growing somewhat stagnant. The New York State Department of Financial Services believes that the law will be a boon to the economic development of…

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Study shows small business owners trust independent insurance agents more than financial institutions

The Hanover Insurance Group, one of the largest property/casualty insurers in the U.S., has released the results of a new study. The study shows that small business owners have more trust for independent insurance agents than financial institutions that also offer insurance coverage. The study is part of an attempt by Hanover to understand how changes to the insurance industry and the business world are affecting small businesses. The results of the study will likely be used by Hanover to build new insurance products targeting small businesses. Trust is becoming…

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Buying business insurance to protect yourself and your company

Just as it is important to obtain insurance coverage when you own a house or a car, it is equally important to protect your business. If you are the owner of a company of any size, it is highly recommended that you speak with an independent business insurance agent in order to find out about the types of coverage that are available to you, and to help decide which ones are right for you. This is a decision that should not be rushed, as shopping around will help you to…

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How to measure the risk of terror

Post anniversary to September 11, the horrible event occurring over ten years ago now, there has been a tremendous change to the way that border security and terrorism have been viewed in the United States. This is true of the government, businesses, individuals, and the insurance industry, which suffered tremendous losses to its own people when the planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Though damages resulting from acts of terrorism had been covered in typical all-risk commercial policies before the attacks, after…

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Identifying the insurance needs of a small business

One of the single most common problems with commercial insurance is,  most small business owners understand that insurance is a necessity, but they struggle to understand what form of insurance is right for them. The need to make sure they have all of the coverage for their particular business, which can be very challenging, and no one wants to end up paying for more than they require. Often, it is advised that small business owners seek professional advice from trustworthy sources, such as an accountant, or an insurance broker or agent that specializes…

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Worldwide disasters push commercial insurance rates higher

In the past 16 months, natural disasters all over the world have cost the insurance industry more than $100 billion. The financial impact of these catastrophes is compounded by the worldwide recession which severely impaired the industry as a whole. Insurers are struggling to reassert themselves in the world as the economy improves, and the only way to do so is by offsetting the cost of natural disasters with higher insurance premiums. Some commercial companies have already begun the process, raising rates on commercial insurance for the first time in…

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