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Articles from Best's Review (December 1, 2004)

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A taste for travel: insurance groups will experience local flavors in a variety of cities, including Phoenix; Miami; Kohler, Wis.; Burlington, Vt., and Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. Calendar 3526
After TRIA goes away: with the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act due to expire in 2005, insurers and policyholders must develop long-term solutions that deliver financial stability and accountability. Rosenthal, Marc E. 1833
Allstate Floridian stops writing new policies in parts of Florida. Brief Article 146
Annual rating activity, U.S. property/casualty industry--2003-2004. Illustration 168
Annuity benefits prove their value. Panko, Ron Brief Article 178
Be very afraid: reality television stunts put the fear in insurance underwriters. Lehmann, R.J. 581
Best of breed or super suite? Whether dealing with enterprise resource planning or business-process applications, insurers have many choices when selecting systems. Ouimette, Gates 691
Best's rating changes. Illustration 1443
Calculating scenarios: new risk-based capital requirements are changing how variable annuity writers understand risks. Panko, Ron 2931
Calif. approval clears way for Anthem/WellPoint merger. Brief Article 94
Chicken or egg? Deciding what the core business driver of a company is helps in choosing between a focus on sales or investments in order to be more successful. Hoeg, Gregory J. 690
Cigna HealthCare. Chordas, Lori Brief Article 96
Class-action firms and new cases. Weiss, Melvyn I. Letter to the Editor 244
Commercial premiums, especially in large accounts, continue to drop. Green, Meg Brief Article 228
Congress told changes needed in regulations. Grier, Chris Brief Article 114
Consider more than price: many people view term life insurance as a commodity, but agents serve their clients best by considering factors other than cost. Madden, Mike 783
Crossing borders: importing prescription drugs, illegally or legally, into the United States isn't expected to have a significant short-term impact on health insurers, but long-term could be a different story. Chordas, Lori 3434
Customer self-service up and running. 526
Do it themselves: by offering customer self-service, health-care can deliver the higher levels of service today's consumers demand, while also managing costs. Daga, Vishal 1433
Doing more with more: multiline captive agents and independent producers compete to answer the modern customer's demand for one-stop financial shopping. Bowers, Barbara 2574
Election results. Brief Article 104
Failure to communicate: insurers can help reduce the burden of medical malpractice lawsuits by urging their policyholders to improve physician/patient relationships. Essick, Theresa N. 1845
Fair play. Whitney, Sally 399
Fire & allied lines, top writers by U.S. State--2003: rank is based on 2003 direct premiums written. Illustration 1786
Fire & allied lines, top writers, United States--2003: rank is based on 2003 direct premiums written. Illustration 935
Get in the groove: poised to become president and chief executive officer of John Hancock Life Insurance Co., James M. Benson has co-written a book aimed at helping financial-services sales representatives succeed. Green, Meg Book Review 2021
Getting it right: insuring to value is a fundamental that often is overlooked for short-term, illusory market-share goals. Coyne, Frank J. 694
Guide to best's financial strength ratings. Illustration 833
Hagerty covers lowriders. Goch, Lynna Brief Article 153
HCC insurance holdings to acquire United States Surety. Brief Article 109
He didn't mean to do it, again: the criminal-acts exclusion of a homeowners policy can be found to have very different interpretations. Rutkin, Alan S. Column 762
ING Employee Benefits. Panko, Ron Brief Article 81
Inland marine, top writers by U.S. State--2003: rank is based on 2003 direct premiums written. Illustration 1789
Inland marine, top writers, United States--2003: rank is based on 2003 direct premiums written. Illustration 928
Insurance insiders mostly content with state election results. Barrett, Eleanor 564
Life leader dies; served company since age 16. Panko, Ron Obituary 210
Lost in transition: caught between their parents' health-care coverage and affording their own, young adults account for 30% of the nation's uninsured. Insurers are responding with affordable policies and education campaigns touting the necessity of health insurance. Chordas, Lori 2223
Marsh to cut 3,000 jobs as 3Q net drops 94%. Brief Article 137
Meetings. Calendar 154
MetLife, Pru offer new strategies for retirement. Panko, Ron 344
Montpelier Re and OPIC form new facility. Green, Meg Brief Article 95
Mutual Protective/Medico Life Insurance Companies. Panko, Ron Brief Article 82
Ocean marine, top writers by U.S. state--2003: rank is based on 2003 direct premiums written. Illustration 1778
Ocean marine, top writers, United States--2003: rank is based on 2003 direct premiums written. Illustration 1078
Old is new again: baby boomers are buying boats reminiscent of their childhoods, opening opportunities for marine specialty writers. Kazarian, Kristen 647
On the road again: as truck traffic increases, inland marine insurers who cover truck cargo stand to gain more premiums and higher profits. Green, Meg 2991
P/C Industry profitability unlikely to change. Grier, Chris 281
Positives of outsourcing: insurance companies can achieve an initial 15% to 30% in savings by outsourcing certain core functions. Chase, Anthony R. 710
Preventing double identity: insurance agents can advise customers on ways they can decrease their exposure to identity theft. McElwee, Andrew 753
Quote/unquote *. Koken, Diane Letter to the Editor 237
Rating changes, top 15 commercial lines writers, United States--July 2003-July 2004. Illustration 230
Reinsurers reviewing capital-management plans. O'Connor, Robert 368
Reserving judgment: the advent of the International Financial Reporting Standard finds European insurers in a gray area when it comes to accounting for insurance contracts. Pilla, David 4794
Selling to soldiers: allegations of inappropriate sales of insurance and investments on military bases may forge a stronger partnership between the insurance industry, state regulators and the Department of Defense. Panko, Ron 4168
Spitzer takes on group life and health. Lehmann, R.J. 365
Spitzer's Investigation could stall insurers' agenda. Grier, Chris 516
St. Paul Travelers augments U.S. Museum Coverage. Goch, Lynna Brief Article 217
State farm's commercials feature agents on the job. Goch, Lynna Brief Article 209
Study: insurance rates for hospitals and physicians may slow in 2005. Green, Meg Brief Article 314
Taking care of business: E-Fusion 2004: information technology tackles insurers' problems in compliance, regulation and operations. 7371
The winding road to reward: Rule 144A securities offerings can be a good source of capital for mutual insurance companies, but getting there requires effort. Rabinowitz, Daniel A. 2516
Top three brokers get provisional OK in U.K. Pilla, David Brief Article 94
Trend turns, more purchase coverage for cyber crime. Chordas, Lori 512
Underwriting cycles becoming line specific. O'Connor, Robert Brief Article 188

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