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SAN FRANCISCO ?A National Association of Insurance Commissioners working group has drafted recommendations as to how the organization should deal with its reliance on national rating agencies to evaluate insurers? investments.

Although the NAIC Valuation of Securities Task Force has moved forward with its own rating agency initiatives regarding residential mortgage backed securities, the Rating Agency Working Group has continued Read the rest of this entry »

CHICAGO (Dow Jones)–Insurance industry executives expect weak pricing and demand to restrain growth in underwriting profits in the next three years.

Still, many of the executives, who were surveyed at a KPMG insurance conference in New York Tuesday, expect their companies to be able to raise capital, particularly equity, in the next 18 months.

The survey of 271 insurance industry executives found 22% would choose an equity issue Read the rest of this entry »

A Moody?s Investors Service study finds the property and casualty insurance industry?s investment portfolio well positioned for future success especially compared to other financial services sectors.

The firm?s U.S. P&C Insurance Company Investment Portfolios report said the industry?s investment portfolios are ?generally conservatively positioned, with the level of conservatism increasing over the last year.?

It goes Read the rest of this entry »

Using a lead generation service is quickly turning into the best way to increase sales and find new prospects. Problem is there’s a mind boggling amount of insurance lead generation companies out there all promising you the same thing…more hot prospects. How do you weed out the contenders from the pretenders? Here’s a quick guide.

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