Financial crisis leads to greater errors and omissions claims in real estate

The errors and omissions liability coverage sector is starting to feel the pinch in the real estate industry as a result of the financial crisis. Trends and developments impact the purchasers of the different kinds of specialty insurance products, such as errors and omissions, D&O, cyber risk, employment practices liability, surplus, marine, and transportation lines. Firms for diversified financial services and banking that have advised their customers to make investments into high risk subprime mortgages or credit default swaps are now experiencing significant claims, and – according to Phil Norton…

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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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As commercial insurance quote comparisons rise, so does the popularity of fleet coverage

The number of consumers seeking commercial insurance quotes in the European marketplace seems to be steadily increasing, and the fleet auto insurance sector is aimed toward a worth of over €18 billion in four years. Finaccord has released the results of its research which has indicated that fleet insurance is now one of the major sectors of the European insurance market, just like property insurance. Regardless of the narrow levels of growth between the years 2007 and 2011, the data produced by the research from Finaccord has indicated that there…

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“SLICE” Pizza parlor insurance now available to restaurant owners

There is a growing trend of specialized insurance and it has now added another branch to its offerings, with a new type of policy – which has been called SLICE – that has been created to provide coverage to pizza parlor owners. The EPIC Programs Group, an insurance brokerage based in California, has announced that the “Safety, Loss, Control, Insurance, Coverage, Expertise” program they offer will now be speaking specifically to the liabilities faced by the owners of pizza parlors who have drivers that make deliveries. The program is already…

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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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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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Business claims on the rise due to discrimination

 A recent survey by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, show that lawsuits against businesses for discrimination have risen dramatically; and are still rising. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported a record breaking number of discrimination charges in 2010. The Chubb Group’s report revealed that one third of employees they surveyed felt their company is less likely to protect them from various forms of discrimination. More than 30 percent also stated that they felt companies were less likely to protect consumers from id theft or data leaks. According to…

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