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Over the last decade, third-party litigation funding (TPLF) has evolved into a $17 billion industry worldwide, and 52% of that money is being spent in the U.S., making TPLF a key contributor to social inflation, hiking up jury awards and claim settlements that may have a significant impact on insurance prices and coverage availability.What is it?  How does it work?  What effect is it having on pricing?   Where do we go from here?Featuring:Bob Greenebaum is an Executive Vice President, Central Region Director, and Casualty Practice Leader located in CRC Group’s Chicago, Illinois office.Youtube | Tools & Intel | LinkedInJoin #TeamCRC, email resumes@crcgroup.com
The deadly collapse of a 12-story beachfront condominium north of Miami Beach sent shockwaves through the Florida insurance market. One wing of the 40-year-old Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida, crumpled to the ground suddenly on June 24, 2021, killing 98 people. Several carriers have exited the Florida property market as total settlements rise to more than $130 million, and others are pulling back on property and liability coverage. Faced with the potential for steep losses, insurers are raising rates and deductibles and becoming much more selective. In such a challenging market, it’s crucial to work with experienced, knowledgeable brokers who can provide guidance through a more complex, demanding placement process.Featuring:Sim Bridges is Vice President-Underwriting with Coastal Insurance Underwriters located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.ABOUT COASTAL INSURANCE UNDERWRITERSCoastal Insurance Underwriters is a program administrator specializing in designing, creating, and managing insurance products for various business classes, including condominium associations, homeowner associations, and golf and country clubs. Coastal has become one of the largest Managing General Underwriters in the United States focused on community association products with over 8,000 homeowners and condominium associations currently insured. Coastal Insurance Underwriters is a subsidiary of Constellation Affiliated Partners, LLC. Learn more at www.ciuins.com.Youtube | Tools & Intel | LinkedInJoin #TeamCRC, email resumes@crcgroup.com
Flooding continues to be the most expensive and the most common natural disaster in the United States, resulting in billions in economic losses every year. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), 90% percent of all U.S. natural disasters involve flooding.In October 2021, the NFIP implemented its Risk Rating 2.0 program, one of the most significant changes from a rate modeling and underwriting standpoint in more than 50 years. In the past, FEMA flood zones and rates were much more generalized. However, the NFIP is striving to implement advanced technology and geocoding to more accurately rate flood risks. While these changes are vital to keeping the NFIP afloat, significant premium increases are coming because many policies have been severely underpriced for years. As the NFIP continues to evolve, retail agents face a prime opportunity to protect clients against the economic impact of flood damage with private insurance options.Featuring:Ben Tschepikow is a Broker with Argenia, a CRC Group Company located in Little Rock, AR, and is a member of the Personal Lines Practice Advisory Committee.Youtube | Tools & Intel | LinkedInJoin #TeamCRC, email resumes@crcgroup.com
Transitioning markets make for tougher renewals. Rising prices, carrier repositioning, and stricter underwriting are combining to make this year’s renewals more challenging. Seeking to tame natural catastrophe losses, carriers are changing appetites, scaling back capacity in some markets, and exiting others. Those changes have helped drive submission activity to levels not seen since 2005 and are further exacerbated by new market entrants that are causing a movement of underwriting talent not seen in recent times. In this market, communication is critical for successful renewals. Experienced brokers can make the difference by helping clients put together more compelling submissions with the best available data and provide up-to-the-minute guidance on market moves.Featuring:Chris Carlson is the Director-Property Practice located in CRC’s Norcross, GA Office.Subscribe to CRC Group on YoutubeSubscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInYoutube | Tools & Intel | LinkedInJoin #TeamCRC, email resumes@crcgroup.com
Contractors may assume they don’t need professional liability coverage. But, as the traditional construction delivery model evolves and the lines of responsibility between contractors and design firms blur, contractors face increased exposure. Fortunately, professional liability insurance is available to help protect contractors from the risks that accompany industry changes.Featuring: David Finneran is an Assistant Vice President and Broker with CRC Group’s Boston, Massachusetts office where he specializes in the areas of Pollution, Professional Liability, and Product Recall.Subscribe to CRC Group on YoutubeSubscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInYoutube | Tools & Intel | LinkedInJoin #TeamCRC, email resumes@crcgroup.com
Following a soft market cycle characterized by marked underpricing, an excess casualty market that was hardening in 2019 is now firm. Underwriters continue to look for rate increases and cut capacity as large claims climb the tower.Three CRC Group Producers who specialize in Casualty weigh in on the current conditions of the market.Featuring:Jason Howard is a Senior Vice President located in the San Francisco, CA office where he specializes in construction, environmental, life sciences, and excess limits.Ben Wright is a Senior Casualty Broker and Vice President with the Houston, Texas office where he focuses on liability placements in the energy, construction, and industrial service sectors.Craig Nettles is a Broker in the Atlanta, Georgia office, handling a large portfolio of General Liability, Casualty, and Environmental Insurance business all across the country.Subscribe to CRC Group on YoutubeSubscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInDo you want to take your career to the next level? Join #TeamCRC to get access to best-in-class tools, data, exclusive programs, and more! Send your resume to resumes@crcgroup.com today!
Healthcare is a diverse industry, ranging from individual practitioners and home health nurses to ambulatory care centers and integrated systems with revenues in the billions of dollars. The risks along that spectrum also vary widely, but the insurance marketplace for healthcare organizations has been almost uniformly tight. Several insurance companies that underwrote healthcare business for decades have withdrawn from some classes, citing high loss ratios. In their place, new sources of capacity have emerged. Historically, the presence of new entrants has signaled competition and a loosening of terms, conditions, and rates. Unfortunately for insureds, that is not happening in the current marketplace. It's a challenging environment that requires retailers to approach the renewal process differently.Featured in this Episode:Bob Allen is president of Pro-Praxis, a CRC Group company providing specialty programs to large healthcare organizations, based in New York.Rusty Hughes is a senior broker in the Birmingham, Alabama, office of CRC Group.Alex Gould is a broker in the Birmingham, Alabama, office of CRC Group.Subscribe to CRC Group on YoutubeSubscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInYoutube | Tools & Intel | LinkedInJoin #TeamCRC, email resumes@crcgroup.com
Costly litigation alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has made coverage hard to get for businesses that contact customers and prospects by phone or text. We explore why markets for TPCA risks are scarce and how to work with a knowledgeable wholesale broker to help insureds.Featuring:Harold Field is Office President of CRC New York and a member of the ExecPro practice group.Subscribe to CRC Group on YoutubeSubscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInDo you want to take your career to the next level? Join #TeamCRC to get access to best-in-class tools, data, exclusive programs, and more! Send your resume to resumes@crcgroup.com today!
Visit TheInsurer.com for more information about this interview.Recently, CRC Group's CEO Dave Obenauer sat down with David Bull from the Insurer to discuss the state of the E&S Marketplace.  It was a great conversation, and we're happy to share it with you."Strong growth in the E&S market shows no sign of letting up as a confluence of loss events, and a greater awareness of risk drives demand for products and solutions that are best innovated in the sector, according to CRC Group CEO Dave Obenauer.With record levels of business flowing through the wholesale channel, data from the US Surplus Lines Service and Stamping Offices for the first half of 2021 shows that premium soared 22 percent to $24bn.Speaking to The Insurer TV in the latest of our Leading Voices series, Obenauer said the current E&S market is the best he’s seen in terms of demand and supply."Do you want to take your career to the next level? Join #TeamCRC to get access to best-in-class tools, data, exclusive programs, and more! Send your resume to resumes@crcgroup.com today!
Featuring: Camille Knight is a Senior Broker with our CRC Indianapolis team, located in Kentucky. She has extensive experience and specializes in aviation relation risks.As the aviation industry rebounds from a massive pandemic-induced downturn, aviation insurance rates are rising as insurers seek to address prior-year losses and the industry’s evolving risks. Interest in private jet purchases and rentals have surged as more business fliers and individuals avoid public carriers for health reasons. The pandemic has also provided an extra boost to the rapidly growing unmanned aerial vehicle industry since camera-equipped drones can perform many tasks at lower risk and without personal contact.Rising insurance prices in the aviation industry come amid historic losses for commercial aviation. The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 the worst year in history for air travel demand, according to the International Air Transport Association.1 The IATA expects net airline industry losses of $47.7 billion in 2021, which marks a massive improvement from estimated net losses of $126.4 billion in 2020.2As the aviation industry recovers, it faces an insurance market that has been hardening for several years. The rise in rates for aviation coverage has followed big losses such as the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people aboard in March 2014. Five years later, two crashes of Boeing’s recently introduced 737 Max within five months added impetus to the insurance market hardening: An Indonesia Lion Air Boeing 737 Max crashed in October 2018, killing 189 people, and in March 2019 an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max crashed shortly after takeoff with 157 people aboard. The losses extended beyond the crashes as hundreds of Boeing 737 Max airliners were grounded around the world, resulting in significant grounding liability claims in addition to liability and hull loss claims.Youtube | Tools & Intel | LinkedInJoin #TeamCRC, email resumes@crcgroup.com
The REDY Index leverages CRC Group’s collection of actionable data – the wholesale industry’s largest. It provides critical pricing analysis monthly, giving you a snapshot of the marketplace. The REDY Index generates instant intelligence on pricing trends by industry or coverage, enabling our retail partners to set accurate data- driven expectations with their clients. Removing the guesswork empowers CRC team members to negotiate competitively, consistently producing better outcomes, better deliverables, and better results.This month CRC Group released a new set of REDY Index reports.  These reports harness wholesale’s most extensive data set to give retail agents a powerful tool to discuss pricing with their insureds. Neil Kessler, Chief Operating Officer of CRC Group, and Garrett Koehn, CRC’S brokerage co-president, walk us through what we need to know about the reports.Access the REDY Index ReportsYoutube | Tools & Intel | LinkedInJoin #TeamCRC, email resumes@crcgroup.com
Amid the stubborn coronavirus pandemic, institutional capital and developer investment has paused, forcing contractors to take a wait-and-see approach for their direction in 2021 and beyond. While the industry cheered the economic comeback of the third quarter after a record second-quarter slowdown, developers and builders remain cautious, particularly in sectors deeply affected by the pandemic and the associated shutdowns – namely office buildings and hospitality. Well-capitalized projects, including those funded by municipal bonds, appear set to continue on plan while other more speculative investments have been sidelined indefinitely.Featuring:Nathan Levine is a Senior Vice President in CRC’s Boca Raton, FL office and active member of the Casualty Practice GroupMichael V. Yovino is an active member of the Casualty Practice Group and Senior Vice President in CRC’s Long Island, New York office.Download a Shareable PDF Article from this Podcast Do you want to take your career to the next level? Join #TeamCRC to get access to best-in-class tools, data, exclusive programs, and more! Send your resume to resumes@crcgroup.com today!
Americans learned just how vital the trucking industry is to daily life during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Truck drivers all across the country witnessed an outpouring of public recognition and gratitude as the nation coped with shipping delays and supply shortages\. As the economy works to recover, trucking will continue to play an essential role, making it more important than ever that trucking companies protect business operations. Often overlooked, occupational accident insurance should be a key component of any trucking company’s risk management program.ContributorAlek Turko is a Managing Underwriter and Office President with 5Star Specialty Programs, a division of CRC Group. Alek and his team specialize in providing trucking insurance solutions in the for-hire trucking, leased owner-operator, and public auto spaces.5Star is a full-service MGA, and subsidiary of CRC Group, offering unmatched expertise in the trucking, public auto, and Worker’s Compensation sectors. With more than 30 years in the industry and strong partnerships with multiple highly rated carriers, 5Star writes both fleet and individual policies, making it easier for trucking companies to sponsor a program and ensure that every leased driver has adequate coverage with known limits. Along with occupational accident insurance, 5Star also offers Worker’s Compensation to cover non-leased drivers such as company drivers, clerical staff, mechanics, and company owners. Non-Trucking Liability (NTL) and Physical Damage policies, as well as Contingent Liability is also available.Subscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInDo you want to take your career to the next level? Join #TeamCRC to get access to best-in-class tools, data, exclusive programs, and more! Send your resume to resumes@crcgroup.com today!
The road ahead may be opening up in the primary auto market after last year’s nationwide economic dislocation brought on by the pandemic. The trucking industry, in particular, endured months of turmoil amid massive shifts in demand as people nationwide began not only working from home—but also staying at home after work. In commercial auto, the shutdown-induced reduction in traffic congestion may have brought a decline in accident frequency. That would be welcome news for insurers in a market where the combined ratio overall has remained above 100 for a decade. FeaturingStewart Brown, TRIP is Senior Vice President & Senior Broker and CRC Transportation’s Southwest Regional Manager. He is also a member of the Casualty Practice Advisory Committee.Pete Feeney leads CRC Transportation as Regional Director and is located in Scarborough, Maine.Do you want to take your career to the next level? Join #TeamCRC to get access to best-in-class tools, data, exclusive programs, and more! Send your resume to resumes@crcgroup.com today!
Wage and Hour (W&H) exposure is an often misunderstood and frequently underinsured risk. It is commonly — and incorrectly — assumed that W&H claims are restricted to either misclassification of exempt/non-exempt employment status or failure to pay overtime. However, W&H liability also includes allegations such as underpayment of overtime, miscalculation of wages, refusal to allow employee breaks, expecting off-the-clock work, not paying employees regularly, refusal to pay exempt employees for absences, not paying for time required to put on or remove protective gear or clothing, and only adhering to federal minimum wage guidelines when state guidelines warrant higher pay.Featuring:Allyson Benda is a Senior Broker, Vice President located in CRC’s Nashville office and a member of the ExecPro Advisory Committee.Subscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInDo you want to take your career to the next level? Join #TeamCRC to get access to best-in-class tools, data, exclusive programs, and more! Send your resume to resumes@crcgroup.com today!
The West Coast has its unique challenges like earthquakes and wildfires. These factors make for a property market that is diverse and ever-changing. In this episode, we check in with two CRC property specialists who have a lot of experience dealing with West Coast property.  How tough are rates and capacity?  How long will the challenging market last?  Are there any signs of easing? Featuring two members of CRC’s Property Practice that writes over $3 billion in property premium annually:·       Jim Sipich is a broker from the CRC San Francisco office.  LinkedIn·       Jonathan White is a broker from the CRC’s Bothell office.  LinkedInSubscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInYoutube | Tools & Intel | LinkedInJoin #TeamCRC, email resumes@crcgroup.com
Week after week, hackers and cybercriminals launch new phishing campaigns, develop creative digital extortion threats, and expand scams with the potential to negatively impact business operations in a big way. Cyberattacks can halt online operations in only minutes and take weeks to resolve. In addition, a cyberattack that involves the loss of customer data can result in expensive litigation that seriously impacts a company’s bottom line.Featuring:Darren Valencia is a Vice President located in CRC’s Nashville office and active member of the ExecPro practice group and member of the Cyber Specialty Team.Mark Smith is a Senior Vice President in CRC’s Seattle office. He is an active member of the ExecPro practice group and member of the Cyber Specialty Team.Subscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInDo you want to take your career to the next level? Join #TeamCRC to get access to best-in-class tools, data, exclusive programs, and more! Send your resume to resumes@crcgroup.com today!
Mold has been a part of our environment for millions of years, and there are more than 100,000 mold species naturally occurring on Earth.  While mold spores are tiny in size, they can mean big trouble for hotels and resorts. Mold has consistently been a loss leader for the hospitality industry insurers, but its impact has expanded over the last few years, with primary claim drivers including undetected HVAC or plumbing system issues, construction defects, and catastrophic hurricane and flooding activity that create an ideal environment for mold growth.Featuring:Jim Hamilton is the leader of CRC’s Environmental Practice Group and a Senior Broker in the Denver, Colorado office. He specializes in Environmental Insurance, managing a large portfolio of hospitality clients.Sean McLaughlin is an Associate Broker in the CRC Environmental Practice Group and is located in CRC’s Denver office.Subscribe to CRC Group on YoutubeSubscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInDo you want to take your career to the next level? Join #TeamCRC to get access to best-in-class tools, data, exclusive programs, and more! Send your resume to resumes@crcgroup.com today!
 At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers moved quickly to develop and implement remote work-from-home protocols to protect employees. Almost a year since it all began, employers are starting to develop return to work plans. Well-known finance giants, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase, are delaying their return after initially attempting to bring workers back near the end of 2020 only to send many workers home again after employees tested positive for the virus. Other large companies including Ford, Google, Facebook, and Target, have also stated that they’ll postpone return-to-office dates until at least summer 2021.4 As restrictions loosen or expire and vaccines slowly roll out, employers that start bringing employees back to the office will be faced with an increased risk of COVID-19-related Employment Practices Liability (EPL) claims.1 Smart employers will proactively evaluate return to work plans from both a legal and insurance perspective to ensure they are protecting business operations and employee health. Youtube | Tools & Intel | LinkedInJoin #TeamCRC, email resumes@crcgroup.com
The property market remains challenging in 2021.  How are agents, wholesalers, and markets dealing with the hard market?  We discuss a wide range of issues surrounding the difficult Property market.Featuring:David Pagoumian is the President of the CRC Red Bank, NJ office. David specializes in property placements and is an active member of the Property Practice Advisory Committee.Subscribe to Tools & Intel (email newsletter)Read Past Tools & Intel ArticlesFollow CRC Group on LinkedInDo you want to take your career to the next level? Join #TeamCRC to get access to best-in-class tools, data, exclusive programs, and more! Send your resume to resumes@crcgroup.com today!
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