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

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A matter of time: exceptions made to preferred pricing may present life insurers with an unwelcome surprise: poor underwriting results. Hillman, John 1293
A whole new world: as U.S. companies increase international investing, political risk insurers take advantage of new coverages and new markets. Green, Meg 2771
Advancing the agenda: under ACLI's Keating, life insurers are looking for big changes on Capitol Hill. Grier, Chris 1188
Age of anxiety. Whitney, Sally 379
AIG sole insurance player in super bowl XXXVIII. 410
Amity offers policies for affordable housing units. Goch, Lynna Brief Article 82
Applying the brakes: the march to conversion and consolidation by Blues plans has slowed considerably, and some are finding solace in remaining a nonprofit. Chordas, Lori 3291
Beat the spread: workers' compensation results will produce a wide berth between winners and losers. Here are 10 steps to take to be on the right side. Greig, Russell H. 2188
Best's Rating Changes. 1399
Big, better, best? Even as some insurers gain national size through mergers and acquisitions, competition is still a local battle. Green, Meg 3923
Building a better mousetrap: product enhancements, including guaranteed benefits or rates, and education about immediate annuities point to increased sales. Panko, Ron 1127
Channel surfing: the search for the most effective means of distribution is taking life and annuity insurers in myriad directions. Bowers, Barbara 2748
Chubb's asbestos charge might spur reserving run. Lehmann, R.J. Brief Article 260
Consumers driving change: consumer-directed health plans are here to stay and are growing into a major force in the industry. Insurers must act now to capitalize on the wave of change. Bessler, Joni 713
Corporate trends likely to ignite increasing pressure on D&O market. Pilla, David 775
Corporate-owned life policies saved by senate. Grier, Chris Brief Article 98
Depend on disclosure. Brownson, Robert D. Letter to the Editor 169
Dude, where's my insurance? Green, Meg 370
Easy pass: recent trends in competition and carrier contracts have blurred the distinction between captive/career and independent agents. Bowers, Barbara 1588
Enabling profitable growth: agent portals need to help agents grow as well as lower operating costs. Landberg, Steven 715
Expansion plans: brokers with a solid client base of small businesses may find health a natural extension. Farwell, Blair 2159
Extreme weather patterns pose greater insurance risk. Green, Meg Brief Article 284
Fighting back: if insurers and corporations act now, they may stem the plague of silica and mixed-dust claims. Coyne, Frank J. 785
Fortis builds new business model for voluntary employee benefits. Brief Article 266
GE Commercial Insurance launches cover for Masonic Associations. Brief Article 91
GE's new insurance unit files for IPO. Brief Article 174
Guide to best's financial strength ratings. Illustration 839
Health plans to lower premiums with new federal medicare funds. Suszynski, Marie 361
Into the future: as the year unfolds, many potential sources of loss loom on the horizon. Stewart, Gordon 758
Iroquois Group reaches out to community banks. Goch, Lynna Brief Article 136
Life at a Crossroads: the life insurance industry, beset by long-standing problems, looks for solutions and new opportunities. Panko, Ron Industry Overview 849
Making IT's 'to-do' list: adequate resources are a growing concern. Chordas, Lori 1257
MassMutual gives life policies to working parents. Panko, Ron Brief Article 285
Median total premium by business class. Brief Article 101
Meetings. Calendar 152
Nationwide at center of e-mail privacy ruling. Chordas, Lori Brief Article 271
On speaking terms: the Kinnect platform, which allows trading partners' existing systems to communicate with each other, made its first connection this year, and anticipates many more. Chordas, Lori 2334
Rand study and insurers agree: obesity causes disabilities. Green, Meg 712
Reaching the uninsured: uncomplicated limited-benefit plans can provide basic, straightforward coverage to workers with low-to-moderate incomes. Lehmann, George 743
Report: strategic IT initiatives give insurers leading edge. Chordas, Lori Brief Article 217
Rest of the story: Paul Harvey, Bankers Life & Casualty reunite. Panko, Ron Brief Article 192
Study: professional liability claims up. Green, Meg Brief Article 214
Tackling call blockers: a decline in sales rates traced to the new Do Not Call law is expected to continue for at least a year for companies depending on the pre-existing business relationship exemption. Jackson, Don 2740
The changing world of life products. 1645
The numbers game: can insurers learn anything useful from baseball? Absolutely. Panning, William H. 729
UnitedHealth is remaining in the individual line. Brief Article 156
Unwelcome guests: although anti-virus software, firewalls and other protective measures are helping companies protect against computer-related attacks, some insurers believe security is an even greater concern to companies today. Chordas, Lori 2659
What producers want: few agencies contract with only one or two carriers. A recent survey sheds light on the reasons for this practice and on how carriers can gain an advantage over competitors. Panko, Ron 2607
Who's really at fault? Ford, William Clay, Jr. Letter to the Editor 315

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