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The A.M. Best Company Webinar Library

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"Managing Cyber Risk for Small to Medium Sized Enterprises"
A panel of experts examines how small and medium sized businesses are exposed to a range of cyber risks including data privacy liability, along with the new and evolving threats that are increasing that exposure. The panel will also examine how data breaches are affecting this largest sector of the commercial market. This webinar is sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance Companies. (Event date: December 18, 2014)

"The Global Economic and Capital Markets Environment: Implications for Insurance Professionals"
Three senior executives from GR-NEAM lead a one-hour examination of the global economic outlook, covering implications for both capital markets and insurance company investment portfolios. This webinar is sponsored by GR-NEAM. (Event date: November 13, 2014)

"What P/C Insurers Should Know About Next-Generation Underwriting Technology & Tools"
A panel of data and underwriting experts examines the growing capabilities of location-specific data, analytic and visualization tools changing the face of P/C underwriting. The panel reveals how insurers can use a wide range of information, including satellite, site based and data. Risks analyzed include catastrophe, aggregation, location and others. The result is better coverage decisions. This webinar is sponsored by Pitney Bowes and Tata Consultancy Services. (Event date: October 23, 2014)

"State of the U.S. Property/Casualty Insurance Sector"
A panel of A.M. Best analysts provide updates on the state of the U.S. property/casualty insurance sector. Topics include a discussion of half-year financial results, developments in the Surplus Lines sector and the outlook for the reinsurance sector. The discussion also addresses rating-related developments, including rating trends, insurers' use of alternative investments, the status of coverage for terror-related losses in the U.S. and other issues. (Event date: October 22, 2014)

"What Insurance Professionals Should Know About Resilience and Infrastructure when Planning Catastrophe Management"
Recent hurricanes, earthquakes and floods have shown that property is just one affected coverage among many. Growing in importance are the post-catastrophe impacts on insured businesses and organizations, infrastructure, supply chains, work forces and a host of related exposures. A panel of experts examines how insurers, public officials and planners are learning from past events and then gauging and strengthening resilience ahead of the next big catastrophes. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: October 15, 2014)

"What Insurance Professionals Need to Know About Weather-Linked Environmental Risks"
Extreme weather events can trigger pollution liability. Flooding, high winds, and landslides can create new exposures at storage facilities, landfills, and many other types of properties. A panel of insurance and environmental experts explore how climate issues are impacting risk managers and insurers and how coverage is evolving to address unexpected losses, including remediation costs. This webinar is sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance Companies. (Event date: September 24, 2014)

"Inside Today's Surplus Lines Market"
A panel of industry leaders in the surplus lines sector of the U.S. insurance market review the market and highlights of a new report on that sector. Since 1994, the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation has provided a grant to A.M. Best to produce a detailed report on the excess and surplus lines insurance sector. The report updates the relative positions of carriers in the market and examines regulatory developments, distribution, solvency, availability, and coverage. The surplus lines market provides coverage for risks that the standard insurance market is unwilling or unable to insure. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company and the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation. (Event date: September 11, 2014)

"State of the Global Reinsurance Market"
A panel of A.M. Best analysts discuss the state of the global reinsurance market, including capitalization, catastrophes, risk management, regulation, rating trends and other issues. Speakers will cover reinsurance developments in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. They also examine A.M. Best's annual ranking of leading global reinsurers. (Event date: September 09, 2014)

"Industry Roundtable: What Happened at the NAIC Summer Meeting and What's Next"
An insurance industry panel review actions and developments from the NAIC Summer 2014 National Meeting, including the latest on captives, reinsurance, federal and international regulatory initiatives, ORSA, reserving, agent issues, health, terrorism coverage and more. (Event date: August 22, 2014)

"How Insurers Are Building Next-Generation Customer Engagement Platforms"
Insurers face a hyper-competitive market with unprecedented customer choice. They strive to make customer communications valuable and productive. With customized policies and coverages becoming more common, flexibility and personalization are critical. Insurers are pursuing strategies for digital customer engagement, striving to manage and coordinate customer interactions across channels. Many are challenged by outdated technology, regulatory and competitive pressures, and a complex processing environment. A panel of experts examines how insurers are blending the physical and digital, batch and interactive, across channels and customer touch points to provide a seamless, consistent customer experience. They also examine how insurers are leveraging customer analytics to capture information and coordinate interactions across channels to anticipate customer needs and responses, and to optimize communications to improve customer service, satisfaction and retention. This webinar is sponsored by Pitney Bowes. (Event date: August 12, 2014)

"State of the U.S. Workers Compensation State Funds"
Workers' compensation funds run by individual U.S. states manage a significant portion of the workers' compensation business. This webinar examines financial and underwriting results for the funds and how those compare to the overall U.S. workers compensation insurance market. The webinar also includes a review of highlights on A.M. Best's annual special report on the state of the market for U.S. state funds. (Event date: August 05, 2014)

"State of the Captive and Risk Retention Group Insurance Market"
Authors of an A.M. Best Special Report on the state of the captive and risk retention group insurance industry review financial results, issues and business environment for captives, RRGs and related organizations. (Event date: July 30, 2014)

"The Independent Adjuster and Third Party Administration: Co-existing in Today's Competitive Insurance Claims Environment"
A panel of insurance claims and adjusting industry experts discuss the complex relationship between independent adjusters and third party administrators (TPAs) in various insurance markets. A number of independent adjusters offer or have recently opened a TPA division within their company, but it is not clear how well equipped some industry TPAs are to handle certain claims. Participants address the outsourcing process and the selection of reputable companies in the insurance industry. (Event date: May 22, 2014)

"What Insurance Professionals Should Know About Patient Safety and Ambulatory Care"
Sweeping changes in regulations are having a profound impact on how Americans are receiving health care and how it's being paid for. The Affordable Care Act has raised more questions than answers when it comes to the emerging risks surrounding ambulatory care facilities. A panel of experts examines what agents and brokers need to know about the unique risks surrounding such facilities. Topics include mitigation efforts to protect patients against diagnostic, administrative, and clinical errors and the role that insurance is playing. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: May 06, 2014)

"State of the Medical Professional Liability Insurance Market"
A panel of A.M. Best analysts and insurance industry leaders discuss the state of the U.S. market for medical professional liability insurance. The discussion touches upon findings of A.M. Best's forthcoming annual report on the state of the medical professional liability market ahead of PIAA's annual conference, held in 2014 in Toronto. (Event date: May 01, 2014)

"Harnessing the Power of Telematics"
A team of technology and insurance experts discuss the power of harnessing new telematics data sources and analytics to build competitive differentiation -- better pricing & profitable underwriting, greater customer segmentation, improved claims servicing, fraud and retention. They also discuss how to structure a telematics/UBI program to select, measure, and reduce risk as well as reduce claims and, how telematics technology will evolve and transform. This webinar is sponsored by Teradata. (Event date: April 09, 2014)

"Advances in Managing and Modeling Flood Risk in the United States"
Catastrophic flood events pose a wide-spread risk to property in the United States and are responsible for more Presidential Disaster Declarations than any other peril with over $5 billion in economic loss each year. The panel discusses the challenges that currently exist in managing flood risk in the United States from a primary underwriting and reinsurance perspective, the advances in modeling and mapping tools available to the industry to understand and transfer risk from this peril in a manner similar to other catastrophic perils, opportunities for business growth enabled by those advances and the evolving market impact of uncertain regulatory changes. This webinar is sponsored by AIR Worldwide. (Event date: April 09, 2014)

"Industry Roundtable: What Happened at the NAIC Spring Meeting and What's Next"
An industry panel examines regulatory developments from the NAIC Spring 2014 National Meeting in Orlando, including the latest on federal and international regulatory initiatives, ORSA, principles based reserving, agent impact, budgeting, unclaimed benefits, health issues, terror risk and more. (Event date: April 04, 2014)

"Demystifying Privacy/Data Breach and Cyber Coverages: Understanding Coverage Differences and How it Works"
Over the last five years insurance coverage around both privacy/data breach and the more traditional risks of cyber liability has reached the tipping point. What was once confined to the specialty market has evolved into coverages that many carriers increasingly offer to remain competitive in the commercial insurance space. A webinar hosted by Best's Review magazine helps clarify the difference between 'cyber' and 'privacy/data breach' policies, illustrating what each type of policy specifically covers while outlining the current market needs for each type of coverage. This webinar is sponsored by IDentity Theft 911. (Event date: March 26, 2014)

"New Developments in Data Breach and Cyber Liability"
A panel of experts give their perspective on questions that insurance buyers, large and small, are asking their agents and carriers. Topics include the complex regulatory environment, carrier underwriting processes, claims trends, legal landscape, operational risks caused by network interruptions, social media, loss control needs and identifying what risks are encouraging a decision maker to buy insurance. This webinar is sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance Companies. (Event date: March 18, 2014)

"Industry Roundtable: What Happened at the NAIC Fall Meeting and What's Ahead"
An industry panel examines regulatory developments from the NAIC Fall 2013 National Meeting, including the latest on ORSA, principles based reserving, agent impact, budgeting, unclaimed benefits, health issues, terror risk, impact of other international regulation and more. (Event date: December 20, 2013)

"Industry Panel: The Future of Auto Insurance Distribution in the United States"
More than 60% of auto insurance policies in the UK are purchased online, but not from insurance carriers. In less than a decade, insurance aggregators have become the dominant distribution channel for auto insurance in the UK. As aggregators are starting to establish a foothold in the US, will the market here follow a similar pattern? In this webinar, a panel of experts dive deep into this topic and provide insight into questions such as: what is an insurance aggregator vs. lead aggregator, what drove the phenomenal success of aggregators in the UK, will structural differences hinder this channel in the US, how will the entry of aggregators alter the US distribution mix over the next decade and what should insurers and agents do to be on the forefront of these changes in auto insurance distribution? This webinar is sponsored by Earnix. (Event date: December 10, 2013)

"The New Environment for U.S. Health Insurers"
Analysts and industry participants review the impact of regulatory and market changes on the U.S. health insurance sector. Topics include industry trends, government programs and rating activity. (Event date: November 18, 2013)

"Captive Domicile Selection - On-Shore and Off-Shore"
A panel of experts discuss on-shore and off-shore captive domicile selection, and provide insight into what might impact your choice of domiciles, including: the impact of captive legislation, NAIC initiatives, Solvency II, and proliferation of new captive domiciles on-shore. (Event date: October 24, 2013)

"From Central Banks to Detroit: Government's Impact on the Investment Environment"
Economic life is now so affected by government direction that asset values may, sooner or later, become more volatile once again. Detroit's creditors found that governments' power is finite after all. A panel of experts discuss the extent and limits of government involvement in the world's largest economy. This webinar is sponsored by GR-NEAM. (Event date: October 22, 2013)

"The Cyber Effect"
How do you measure the impact of a data breach on a company? What is the impact to the company's bottom line, their reputation and their overall market perception? A panel of experts explore how cyber breaches present multi-dimensional exposures and how to best assess the risk and mitigate those exposures in today's environment. This webinar is sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance Company. (Event date: September 26, 2013)

"Inside Today's Surplus Lines Market"
A panel of industry leaders in the surplus lines sector of the U.S. insurance market review market trends and highlights of a new A.M. Best report. Funded by the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation since 1994, the report updates the relative positions of carriers in the market and examines regulatory developments, distribution, solvency, availability, and coverage. The surplus lines market provides coverage for risks that the standard insurance market is unwilling or unable to insure. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company and the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation. (Event date: September 24, 2013)

"Driving Specialty Insurance Profitability Through Better Analytics"
A panel of technology and specialty insurance experts examine how insurers, brokers and MGAs are harnessing analytics to pinpoint loss exposures, monitor claims and better understand customer needs and behavior. This webinar is sponsored by Xuber Insurance Software. (Event date: September 20, 2013)

"Catastrophe Risk Update 2013: Extreme Global Weather Events"
A panel of experts discuss recent extreme weather catastrophes, catastrophe forecasts, and how record losses have insurers crafting new policy options and re-evaluating their risk selection criteria. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: September 10, 2013)

"State of the Global Reinsurance Market"
A panel of A.M. Best analysts discuss the state of the global reinsurance market, including capitalization, catastrophes, risk management, the impact of regulation and rating trends. Speakers cover reinsurance developments in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia. They will also examine A.M. Best's annual ranking of leading global reinsurers. (Event date: September 04, 2013)

"State of the Captive Insurance Market"
Members of A.M. Best's rating division who specialize in the captive insurance industry review a forthcoming A.M. Best report examining developments in premium volume, loss reserves and admitted assets for rated captive insurance organizations. (Event date: August 06, 2013)

"What Insurance Professionals Should Know About Abuse and Molestation Coverages"
Recent abuse scandals have highlighted the financial and reputational risks faced by nonprofits, schools and a wide spectrum of organizations. A panel of insurance and risk experts explore how the risk environment is changing, what organizations should be doing to detect and prevent these vulnerabilities, and how insurance professionals can work with prospects and clients to provide better risk management and insurance protection. This webinar is sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance Company. (Event date: July 17, 2013)

"State-Run Workers' Compensation Funds: Their Role in the Competitive Marketplace"
Throughout the United States, workers' compensation funds run by individual states control a significant portion of the workers' compensation business. This webinar examines how state workers' compensation funds are changing across the country and how they are working alongside and competing with for-profit workers' compensation insurers. (Event date: July 10, 2013)

"How New Rules Are Raising the Stakes on Product Contamination and Recall Risks"
The risks associated with product contamination affect many industries. Food producers and processors, for example, face greater risks from product contamination in the face of new federal legislation. The magnitude is so great that without sufficient insurance coverage companies can be forced out of business. A panel of experts discuss the changing nature of these risks, coverage considerations and risk management protocols. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: May 21, 2013)

"State of the U.S. MPLI Market"
The U.S. medical professional liability market is in a unique period of transition. A panel of A.M. Best analysts and insurance industry leaders examine financial results, loss trends and industry developments. It will also address growing competition from new organizations, including many hospitals, that have begun to cover the medical risks of their physician employees. U.S. health reform is also creating new opportunities and pressures for insurers of medical risk. (Event date: May 08, 2013)

"Insurance Adjusting and Legal Coverage in a Post Sandy Environment"
A panel of insurance claims and adjusting experts along with an insurance coverage attorney examine how the superstorm that ravaged the Northeastern U.S. is changing the game for professionals and what can be expected going forward as a result. (Event date: April 17, 2013)

"La Integración del Riesgo Empresarial y Riesgo País en el Proceso de Calificación"
Este seminario es un complemento a la presentación anterior sobre "Componentes clave del proceso de calificación" y está diseñado para ayudar al público a comprender plenamente los elementos que forman parte del proceso de calificación de AM Best. Los temas cubiertos incluyen: Requisitos para la gestión del riesgo empresarial (ERM) de una compañía de seguros, dónde y cómo ERM cabe en el proceso cualitativo y la función de Riesgo País. (Event date: April 16, 2013)

"Key Components of the Health Insurance Rating Process"
This webinar was presented to Customer Operated and Oriented Plans ("CO-OPs"), providing technical insight to the rating process and how the rating is derived, specifically: rating methodology (balance sheet strength, operating performance, business profile), Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR), and the interactive rating process. (Event date: March 19, 2013)

"Componentes Claves del Proceso de Calificación"
El primero en nuestra seria de Webinars educativos sobre los componentes analíticas claves del proceso de calificación, que se muestra en tres áreas principales: Cómo se deriva una calificación, la metodología de calificación y nuestro modelo de suficiencia de capital, la cual nos referimos como BCAR (Best Capital Adequacy Ratio). (Event date: March 13, 2013)

"Parting of the Clouds: What Cyber Insurance Buyers Want to Know"
A panel of experts give their perspective on questions that insurance buyers, large and small, are asking their agents and carriers. Topics include the complex regulatory environment, carrier underwriting processes, claims trends, importance elements of 'control', breach preparedness, legal landscape, operational risks that network interruptions cause, social media, loss control needs and identifying what risks are encouraging a decision maker to buy insurance. This webinar is sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance Company. (Event date: February 12, 2013)

"Attracting and Developing Tomorrow's Insurance Stars"
Insurance associations and companies regularly warn of a growing shortage of talented younger executive candidates. The problem is particularly acute in smaller insurance organizations and among those that concentrate on more sophisticated areas of coverage. A panel that includes experts on insurance recruiting and development review how companies are finding new ways to identify and attract incoming insurance talent, what it takes to bring future standouts up to speed, and why some stay and others leave. (Event date: January 23, 2013)

"Programmed for Success"
When specialty insurance programs incorporate a unique approach and a competitive advantage they are more likely to achieve profitability for program managers and carriers. A panel of experts discuss the characteristics of highly effective programs, how to assess their profitability potential, and what it takes to get traction. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: December 18, 2012)

"Small Steps, Big Insights: How Insurers are Deploying Big Data For Real-World Results"
New techniques and analysis capabilities are enabling even smaller and mid-sized insurers to capture analytic insights formerly available only to those with huge investments in IT and data science. A panel of experts in insurance technology and data analysis examine how data science is allowing insurers to sift opportunity from their own information and the best ways of developing fast, flexible systems that convert loosely structured information into actionable knowledge. This webinar is sponsored by Mphasis. (Event date: December 12, 2012)

"Real-World ERM for Financial Institutions"
A panel of experts on risk management for banks and other financial institutions explore best practices, emerging risks and the liability outlook for this important sector. Perspectives include broker, risk manager and insurer, with an emphasis on next-generation exposures and how proactive risk professionals are crafting systems and strategies that detect and protect. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: December 10, 2012)

"What Insurers Need to Know About Covering Evolving Renewable Energy Applications"
Evolving renewable energy technologies, spurred by government support, are leading to new exposures for commercial property and equipment that property/casualty insurers will want to be aware of. A panel of experts discuss how solar and wind-based energy generation techniques will change the way companies do business, the equipment they use and how that may change their insurance needs. This webinar is sponsored by Mutual Boiler Re. (Event date: November 15, 2012)

"Taking the Long View: Reaching Younger Prospects With Retirement Options"
For some successful producers, annuity sales to young clients has become a path to growing their customer bases. Faced with a slow-growth economic outlook, younger and middle-aged clients hope to build growth into their retirement planning. A panel of experts looks at the landscape for tomorrow's annuity prospects, discuss how effective producers are meeting them on their terms with appropriate products, and how today's offerings are evolving to meet the new realities. This webinar is sponsored by AXA Equitable. (Event date: October 24, 2012)

"Beyond Cats: The New Lower-Severity, Higher-Impact Loss Environment"
It no longer takes a Hurricane Katrina or a Northbridge earthquake to create heavy losses. Why? And does this mean our long-held assumptions are wrong? A panel of experts review how societal change, dependence on technology, weather developments, historical patterns, coupled with increased exposures and demands for fuller coverage are creating an environment for increased losses more often, higher expectations and greater vulnerability. Experts on reinsurance, climate, political and social developments and others discuss how insurance and societal leaders can create a better risk framework for today's changed loss environment. This webinar is sponsored by Swiss Re. (Event date: October 16, 2012)

"Asset Management Perspectives"
John Gilbert, Chief Investment Officer, GR-NEAM and Hugh McCutcheon, Senior Portfolio Manager, GR-NEAM Limited, lead a one hour examination of the economic outlook for insurance investment managers and related professionals. This webinar is sponsored by GR-NEAM. (Event date: October 10, 2012)

"What Insurance Agents and Brokers Should Know About Liability Exposures for Nonprofits"
Each week brings new controversies involving nonprofit organizations, a sector that often trails others in adequate risk management. An expert panel examines the growing scope of liability for directors & officers, employment practices and other risks of this important area. Panelists discuss coverage trends, new areas of exposure, risk management considerations and how to communicate with organizations so focused on doing good that they may leave employees, directors and leaders exposed. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: October 09, 2012)

"Inside Today's Surplus Lines Market"
A panel of industry leaders in the surplus lines sector of the U.S. insurance market review the market and highlights of a new report on that sector. Since 1994, the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation has provided a grant to A.M. Best to produce a detailed report on the excess and surplus lines insurance sector. The report updates the relative positions of carriers in the market and examines regulatory developments, distribution, solvency, availability, and coverage. The surplus lines market provides coverage for risks that the standard insurance market is unwilling or unable to insure. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: September 24, 2012)

"The Other Side of the Risk: Hospital Property Liabilities Agents, Brokers and Risk Managers Need to Know"
As the U.S. health system realigns around hospital and larger-scale health organizations, brokers and insurers need to better understand the corresponding property and non-MPLI risks of large medical facilities. A panel of experts examine the known and emerging issues for large medical facilities and show why this is one of the broadest and most challenging areas to cover. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: September 20, 2012)

"Shrinking World, Expanding Opportunity: What Insurance Agents and Risk Managers Should Know About Cargo & Logistics"
As U.S. manufacturing and export businesses grow, insureds face new exposures in marine, logistics, supply chain and transportation. A panel of experts review the latest developments in marine coverage, including what producers, risk managers and prospects should know about liability, property and other exposures. This webinar is sponsored by Liberty International Underwriters. (Event date: September 12, 2012)

"Big Data, Small Steps: An Analytics Journey from Data to Intelligence"
Smart insurers use analytics to manage claims, diversify customer base, cross-sell to existing customers, enhance the distribution network and create new products and services. While every insurer has data, the analytics journey encompasses much more. Knowing what to anticipate is often as important as knowing the final destination. The end result is to gain business insights, plan wisely for the future and be continuously aligned to the critical data points that impact business. This webinar is sponsored by WNS. (Event date: September 06, 2012)

"State of the Global Reinsurance Market 2012"
Analysts and market participants meet in a special one-hour webinar to discuss developments among the world's reinsurance markets and selected highlights from A.M. Best's forthcoming special report on the global reinsurance market. That annual report also ranks the world's largest reinsurers. (Event date: September 05, 2012)

"Economist A. Gary Shilling on Global Deleveraging and Investment Strategies for Insurance Companies"
Economist Dr. A. Gary Shilling and co-founders of Prime Institutional Group, Ray M. Gilliam and Allen R. Paksima, review the impact of ongoing low interest rates and possible investment strategies for insurance company portfolio managers. Shilling is an economist and author who has been focused on the likelihood of deflation and the challenges faced by governments and businesses in a low interest-rate environment. (Event date: August 08, 2012)

"State of the Captive Insurance Market 2012"
Members of the captive-rating team review an A.M. Best report examining developments in premium volume, loss reserves and admitted assets for rated, U.S.-based captive insurance organizations. (Event date: August 01, 2012)

"State of the U.S. Workers Compensation State Funds"
Workers compensation funds operate in many states as providers of coverage and often as insurers of last resort for employers who have difficulty in obtaining coverage. In recent years, the overall workers compensation sector has seen deteriorating underwriting results as payrolls fell and competition heightened. A panel of experts on the workers compensation and state compensation funds insurance markets review sector results and the outlook for the remainder of 2012. (Event date: July 18, 2012)

"Enterprise Risk Management and the Latin American Insurance Market"
As insurance penetration grows and investment returns slow, comprehensive risk management becomes a larger issue for insurers and to regulators. The panel discusses how rating organizations and companies are approaching the issue and how it is leading to better understanding of an organization's risks, and ultimately, its financial strength. Some of the topics include insurers' approaches use of modeling, metrics and the various systems being developed to give companies more holistic views of their overall exposure. (Event date: June 28, 2012)

"Innovation in Personal Lines"
Out of the box thinking, innovative new technologies, greater access to consumer data, and sophisticated analytical capabilities are giving some personal lines insurers a competitive edge, despite a difficult underwriting market and tight investment climate. A diverse panel of innovators and experts in personal lines discuss the trends driving innovation, the approaches they have taken to put new techniques to work, and how insurers can leverage new capabilities to stay ahead of the competition. This webinar is sponsored by Earnix. (Event date: June 15, 2012)

"Emerging Opportunities in Business Interruption Coverage for Insurance Agents and Brokers"
From the Thailand flooding to the European financial crisis, the unusual weather events and economic turmoil occurring globally mean businesses are more likely to be affected by events halfway around the world. Our panel of experts discuss the importance of developing a business continuity plan in advance that recognizes the likely exposures and contingencies and how business interruption policies can respond after a large loss or catastrophe. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: June 13, 2012)

"How the Global Billing Revolution Is Remaking Insurance Operations"
Even when it is time to pay the bills, members of Generation Y say they prefer to interact with service providers digitally and through social media, according to a study by Novarica. Our panel of experts discuss this and other trends that emerged from this study and how it applies to insurers. This webinar is sponsored by MphasiS. (Event date: June 13, 2012)

"Insurance Agency Valuation 2012: The Market Returns... For Some"
This event is exclusively for Best's Review subscribers. If you are not a Best's Review subscriber, more information is available.
The changing market for agency acquisition is creating surprising opportunities for buyers and sellers. A panel of experts and agency heads reviews today's market for agency mergers and acquisitions, including the latest thinking on valuation, new perspectives on build or buy, which sectors and platforms are emerging or retreating, and how agency owners are enhancing the value of their organization for potential acquisition. (Event date: June 05, 2012)

"Catastrophic Risk Update 2012: Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Terror"
New catastrophe models, research and data are advancing insurers' understanding of the risks they face from natural and man-made catastrophes. A panel of experts discuss recent catastrophes, catastrophe forecasts, and how record losses have insurers crafting new policy options and re-evaluating their risk criteria. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: May 22, 2012)

"State of the U.S. Medical Professional Liability Insurance Sector"
A panel of analysts and industry experts review highlights of a new A.M. Best special report on the state of the U.S. medical professional liability insurance industry, and provide updates on industry developments. A special report is available on this topic. (Event date: May 02, 2012)

"Global Reinsurance Financial Review"
A.M. Best analysts covering the global reinsurance industry reprise results from A.M. Best's annual update of global reinsurance financial results, including 2011 revenues and earnings, catastrophe losses, reserving trends and pricing. The companies that make up the sector include reinsurers based in Bermuda and Europe that operate globally. The analysts also discuss reported results for reported first-quarter reinsurance renewals, including for Asia and other markets. A special report is available on this topic. (Event date: April 26, 2012)

"How Analytics is Enabling Next-Generation Risk Management Practices for Homeowners Insurance"
New data sources and analytic solutions can identify exposures or property changes that insurers may unwittingly have on their books. The result yields a new perspective that is helping carriers better control exposure, allocate risk management efforts and measure risk concentration. A panel of experts and practitioners in residential underwriting and risk data mining examine the new data, tools and techniques insurers are harnessing to identify hot spots in their residential book of business thereby bringing greater control over the underwriting portfolio. This discussion covers current industry trends, what sets apart the top performers from their competitors, and the road ahead. This webinar is sponsored by MSB. (Event date: April 25, 2012)

"Workforce M.D.: How the Physician-Employment Movement Is Affecting Medical Liability Coverage"
A panel of experts on risk, underwriting and medical professional trends examine the impact of the gathering movement in which doctors are transitioning from individual practices for group and hospital employment. In the U.S., that movement is projected to soon include more than 50% of physicians. This new physician workforce is causing risk managers and insurers to rethink retention levels, underwriting criteria, capacity needs and how to account for long-term risk. Now available Bonus Tracks, panelists answer questions not included in the webinar. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: April 10, 2012)

"Microinsurance Moves Beyond Niches"
The offering of Microinsurance -- highly focused life, health and property coverages designed for less-affluent populations -- is growing in popularity in emerging markets and can be a foothold for a company's reputation in a growth market. A panel of experts examine the current state of microinsurance including distribution, funding, regulation and potential growth. (Event date: March 08, 2012)

"The New Legacy: Life Insurance Producers and Generational Dynamics"
Baby Boomers have left a mark on American society. That impact continues as today's first-time grandparents now average 50 years old, the majority remaining in the work force. Households led by 55 to 64 year olds have the highest net worth of any age group: $254,000, according to an April 2009 report commissioned by Grandparents.com. A major goal is to leave a legacy. Life insurance beneficiaries are skipping generations and leaving policies to grandchildren. A panel of knowledgeable professionals on life insurance and generational dynamics discuss how producers can help clients identify meaningful solutions that can make best use of their resources while building enduring family connections. This webinar is sponsored by AXA Equitable. (Event date: February 14, 2012)

"What's Driving the Spike in U.S. Insurance Impairments"
A.M. Best research shows that 2011 saw a surprising surge in recorded impaired U.S. insurance organizations, including risk retention groups, captive insurers, property/casualty writers and other risk carriers. A panel of experts examines the factors that can lead to insurance weakness, how impairments and insolvencies are being managed and the impact on policyholders, producers and the insurance industry. (Event date: February 02, 2012)

"Cyber Liability The Sequel: One Year Later, What's Changed?"
A year ago, our panel of experts convened on the evolving issue of cyber liability in our most well-attended webinar to date. As cyber liability risk continues to widen, a broader array of businesses are finding they need to protect themselves from data, privacy and other exposures. This year our panel highlights the latest litigation and regulatory developments, best practices, buying patterns, the latest compliance mandates and what insurance professionals should know to educate their clients and stakeholders. This webinar is sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance Companies. (Event date: February 01, 2012)

"What Life Producers Should Know About the New Landscape for Variable Annuities"
A panel of experts on annuities and life product development discuss the current selling environment for variable annuities and how the product continues to evolve in response to changing market conditions and consumer expectations. Topics addressed include the quest for simplicity, where product development is heading, balancing the income vs. other benefits, the producer's role in the evaluation process and best practices of successful producers of next-generation variable annuities. This webinar is sponsored by AXA Equitable. (Event date: December 13, 2011)

"What Brokers and Risk Managers Should Know about Financial Institutions and Their Increasing Real Estate Exposures"
Residential and commercial distressed property inventory continues to rise. The length of time those properties are in inventory is increasing as well, which means greater property and liability exposures for financial institutions. It is safe to say, that no one wins in the foreclosure game. Banks, which have concentrated on lending find themselves in the business of real estate as they become "unexpected" owners of properties that may remain in their distressed asset portfolio for months, even years. In this landscape, emerging property and liability exposures associated with distressed real estate are reaching a serious "pain point" for many financial institutions. Financial institutions, of any size, are now facing a variety of insurance risk management challenges, such as:

  • Maximizing the protection of their real estate-owned assets
  • Minimize potential additional losses or liabilities
  • Prevent litigation for breaches of responsibility or indemnification obligations

A group of risk management experts help you identify the hidden risks associated with troubled real estate, help you understand the critical value of a good risk transfer program and how that risk management program can help you mitigate additional potential losses associated with these non-performing assets. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: December 07, 2011)

"The Impact of Low Interest Rates on Life and Annuity Insurers"
A panel of analysts from A.M. Best's Life/Health Rating Division review new research on the effects of the ongoing historic low interest rate environment on life and annuity insurers. (Event date: November 09, 2011)

"What Risk Managers Should Know About Emerging Liabilities for Healthcare Captives"
A panel of experts discuss how risk managers for hospitals and other healthcare institutions are impacted by healthcare reform and whether to expand or maintain captives use in the future to cover the emerging liabilities they face. (Event date: November 08, 2011)

"What Midsize Companies Should Know About the New Developments in Cloud Computing"
Cloud computing shows promise in reducing costs, simplifying information management and providing new tools and abilities to growing companies. A panel of business and information management strategy experts outline developments in cloud computing and the state of security, reliability and access with a special focus on developing an effective cloud strategy to help midsize businesses better leverage their information across the entire enterprise. This webinar is sponsored by enChoice and IBM. (Event date: November 03, 2011)

"Asset Management Perspective: Financial Crises - Danger and Opportunity"
John Gilbert, Chief Investment Officer for General Re-New England Asset Management, leads a one-hour examination of the economic outlook for insurance investment managers and related professionals. This webinar is sponsored by GR-NEAM. (Event date: October 13, 2011)

"State of the Surplus Lines Market 2011"
Editors of A.M. Best's annual report on the state of excess and surplus lines market and industry leaders appear in a one-hour webinar examining the state of the surplus lines market. The webinar also examines trends in coverage, mergers & acquisitions and other factors affecting this fast-moving and important sector of the property/casualty insurance industry. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: September 28, 2011)

"Bigger, Faster, Riskier: Advances in Sea Transportation Open Up New Coverage Needs"
New routes via an expanded Panama Canal, along with larger, faster tankers and freight vessels, are bringing into play new forms of coverage and new sources of capacity. A panel of experts on ocean marine and transportation liability coverage examine the fast-changing environment for ocean transportation and identify the new breed of risks and their insurance solutions. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: September 27, 2011)

"Online Global Town Meeting: New Approaches to Flood Coverage"
Experts in flood risk, insurance, reinsurance and public catastrophe policy examine new and innovative approaches to covering flood loss in the United States and other nations in a special online town meeting hosted by Best's Review magazine. This webinar is sponsored by Swiss Re. (Event Date: September 15, 2011)

"State of the Global Reinsurance Market"
Analysts, reinsurers and brokers assess the state of the global reinsurance market in this one hour webinar. Topics discussed will include: the impact of the unusually high level of catastrophic losses worldwide, factors affecting the financial strength of reinsurers and the outlook for start-up, merger and acquisition activity in the reinsurance sector. (Event Date: September 07, 2011)

"What Carriers Need to Know About Growing the Midsize Insurance Company"
In the current economic climate, midsize insurers face ever stiffer competition from larger companies with the resources to deploy new products more effectively and gain market share. It is now possible for carriers with 50 to 1,000 employees to level the playing field by tapping into an increasing array of strategic offerings like cloud computing, which enforce straight-thru processing. A panel of experts discuss the unique challenges and how the ability to better manage information and business processes help scale operations with ease and grow both their top and bottom lines. This webinar is sponsored by enChoice and IBM. (Event Date: August 30, 2011)

"Underwriting Best Practices for the Changing Asian Markets"
Life insurance companies in the rapidly expanding Asian marketplace are in a race to make new insurance products available. Increasingly they are looking for new options to streamline the underwriting process to be able to offer new products quickly and expand their geographic reach. A panel of experts discuss underwriting best practices and how they can establish a growth platform for quicker product development, response to new business and market expansion. This webinar is sponsored by IBM and Automated Workflow. (Event Date: August 25, 2011)

"State of the Captive Insurance Market"
A.M. Best Co. Assistant Vice President Steven Chirico and a member of the Rating Division are joined by members of the captive-rating team to review an A.M. Best report examining developments in premium volume, loss reserves and admitted assets for rated, U.S.-based captive insurance organizations. (Event Date: July 28, 2011)

"What the New Normal in Catastrophe Activity Means to Risk Managers, Brokers and Insureds"
Modern cat losses are no longer tied only to named hurricanes or headline earthquakes, but also to aggregated activity and surprise events that are remaking insurance portfolios and awakening the unprepared. A panel of insurance and catastrophe experts review the environment for weather, earthquake and man-made catastrophic activity and what that means to today's coverage decisions. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event Date: July 14, 2011)

"The New Environment for Independent Adjusting"
A panel of experienced independent insurance adjusters, an insurer who specializes in adjuster-liability coverage and an insurance claims executive discuss the ins and outs of adjusting catastrophe claims. Specifically discussed were new challenges faced as a host of plaintiff-oriented law firms have begun targeting claims firms and claims personnel individually by filing widespread lawsuits aimed at reopening settled catastrophe-related claims. (Event Date: July 07, 2011)

"State of the U.S. State Workers Compensation Funds"
A panel of experts on the workers compensation and state compensation funds insurance markets review sector results and the outlook for the remainder of 2011. (Event Date: June 09, 2011)

"Ready, Set, Launch: Building the Cutting Edge Life Underwriting Platform"
A new generation of life and annuity insurers is turning to software as a less-expensive service to gain faster turnaround and greater flexibility. A panel of underwriting and technology experts examines how insurers are using new platforms, the benefits and limits of software as a service and how tapping experienced global development teams brings surprising new features and capabilities. This webinar is sponsored by NIIT Technologies. (Event Date: June 06, 2011)

"Risk Management and Catastrophe Models"
A panel of A.M. Best Co. analysts discuss risk management practices and provide clarity on how catastrophe models are utilized in the rating process. Topics discussed will include validation of model output, a company's risk tolerances and loss mitigation initiatives. (Event Date: May 25, 2011)

"Food Safety: What Agents and Brokers Need to Know About New FDA Recall Authority"
A panel of experts discuss the potentially profound effects the new Food Safety Modernization Act is likely to have on companies in the food business. Topics include what it takes to comply with the new regulation, what liabilities are emerging and what coverage options address the new risks. This webinar is sponsored by Liberty International Underwriters. (Event Date: May 18, 2011)

"State of the Medical Liability Insurance Market"
Medical liability is going through changes in frequency, severity and underwriting results. Panelists assess the market and react to the findings in A.M. Best's newly published special report on this important sector. (Event Date: May 09, 2011)

"The E-Frontier for Property/Casualty Insurers: Leveraging Electronic Claims Payments"
Property/Casualty insurers looking for greater control and quicker turnaround in claims payments are increasingly embracing electronic-payment methods. A panel of experts review the state of past and current electronic payment implementations, and emerging electronic payment solutions for settling claims payments. This webinar is sponsored by Wright Express. (Event Date: May 05, 2011)

"Products, Programs and Platforms"
A panel of experts including a Programs insurance executive, insurance producers, and a chief innovation officer discuss how to cultivate and drive innovation. Discussion topics include: separating good ideas from great ideas, how to use data and demographics to figure out where the puck is heading, identifying niches and determining which are profitable and which are merely interesting, and how new solutions can be quickly developed and deployed. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event Date: May 03, 2011)

"Life Insurance and Annuity Sectors"
A panel of A.M. Best analysts assess the state of various sectors that make up the U.S. life and annuity insurance sectors. Topics include financial outlook and results, risk management issues, the impact of interest rates, the investment environment and the role of real estate in insurers' investments. Panelists also discuss outlooks for various segments, including: life reinsurance, the changing environment for insurance distribution, the role of life and annuity products, factors affecting financial strength, the outlook for mergers and acquisitions and key developments to watch for in the year ahead. (Event Date: April 14, 2011)

"State of the Property/Casualty Market"
A panel of A.M. Best analysts review the state of the U.S. and related insurance markets for personal lines and commercial property/casualty coverage in the United States. Topics include financial outlook, underwriting results, risk management issues, the impact of pricing, the role of possible catastrophic claims and rating outlooks. (Event Date: April 01, 2011)

"Managing the Changing Environment for Corporate Risk Managers and Insurance Professionals"
A panel of leading risk managers examines the state of corporate risk, including best uses for insurance captives, self-insurance and reinsurance; how the soft market is affecting coverage; the impact of new regulations, reform and legislation; the changing broker/risk manager relationship and the areas where savvy managers should focus most in the coming year. (Event Date: March 23, 2011)

"The Impact of Health Reform on the Medical Professional Liability Market"
A panel of experts on health care and medical professional liability explore how federal health reform is reshaping the environment for medical professional liability coverage for doctors, hospitals, health systems and related organizations and professionals. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event Date: February 03, 2011)

"What Risk Professionals Should Know About Cyber Liability"
Cyber liability is a growing area of insurance coverage as more businesses turn to electronic communications, operations and storage. A panel of experts on cyber liability coverage explore developments and the emerging risks of this fast-developing sector. This webinar is sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance Companies. (Event Date: January 27, 2011)

"State of the Bermuda Insurance Market"
Authors of a new report on the Bermuda reinsurance and insurance markets present a one-hour webinar exploring the state of North America's highest-profile offshore insurance center. The report, "Favorable Results Conceal Looming Concerns for Bermuda's (Re)Insurers," examines developments in the insurance domicile, one that has managed to attract significant risk-finance activity in the past two decades. (Event Date: January 11, 2011)

"Building The Cutting-Edge Insurance-Product Development Pipeline"
In today's competitive environment, standing still means falling behind. Successful insurers remain focused on developing new products and matching them to appropriate channels. History is rife with insurers that spent too much on ill-defined products, overspent resources, built complex proprietary technology and hosting systems, but didn't learn until too late that results didn't warrant the effort and expense. A panel of experts discuss how insurers identify new product opportunities. This webinar is sponsored by NIIT Technologies. (Event Date: November 17, 2010)

"Telematics and the Changing Risk Environment for Fleets and Commercial Transportation"
A panel of experts examines how telematics and new electronic communication tools are helping the transportation industry remake its risk profile. Topics include best practices in telematics, how telematics and communications tools are helping to control losses -- and areas where it can't yet. A look at coverage availability, terms, limits and what insureds should expect from insurers in return for their investments in technology will also be discussed. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event Date: November 16, 2010)

"Introduction to Best's Credit Ratings for Canadian Property/Casualty Insurer"
A panel of A.M. Best Co. business development managers and ratings analysts lead a discussion of the potential benefits of interactive A.M. Best Credit Ratings for Canadian property/casualty insurers and explain how insurers can acquire a rating. (Event date: November 10, 2010)

"Emerging Compliance Risks in the Global Marketplace: What Brokers and Corporations Need to Know"
What risk management strategies are most likely to help U.S. companies establish and expand operations in international markets? A panel of experts discuss how general liability, property and the range of employee practices coverages vary around the world. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: October 26, 2010)

"A.M. Best's Perspective on Insurance Developments in China"
As one of the world's fastest growing economies and largest exporters, China has been affected by the global events of the past two years. The life and non-life insurance sectors have grown strongly, reflecting trends that include increased wealth and the awareness of the benefits of insurance. Authors of a report on the state of China's insurance market review their findings and discuss the outlook for China's growing insurance sector. (Event date: October 19, 2010)

"10 Reasons Why Insurance Programs Succeed"
Best's Review magazine hosts an online panel of insurance experts to outline the key elements of building and maintaining a successful insurance program. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: October 14, 2010)

"Asset Management Perspective: Finding Returns in Today's Investment Yield Drought"
John Gilbert, Chief Investment Officer for GR-NEAM, leads a one-hour examination of the economic outlook for insurance investment managers and related professionals. This webinar is sponsored by GR-NEAM. (Event date: October 13, 2010)

"What Risk Managers and Insurance Professionals Should Know about the Next Wave of Employment Liability"
Liabilities arising from newly hired employees and even social media have the potential to develop into unforeseen workplace claims. A panel of employment practices experts discuss the latest developments in personnel exposures, including training and education, workplace liability, best practice in controlling workers' compensation and other workplace claims. They also explore how innovative workplaces are proactively reducing workplace claims by reducing the likelihood that new workers bring new exposures. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: October 12, 2010)

"The Fast-Changing Environment for Medical Professional Liability: What Insurance and Medical Professionals Should Know"
Federal health reform is poised to add patients, increase workloads and broaden the scope of health professionals who will have more-significant roles in patient care. These changes bring a wave of new exposures, increase the likelihood of claims and put more health professionals at risk of being impacted by the actions of their peers. A panel of industry experts explore what doctors, groups, hospitals and related professionals need to do to limit their exposures. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: September 27, 2010)

"An Introduction to the A.M. Best Rating Process for RRGs Writing Medical Professional Liability"
A.M. Best analysts and rating contacts explain the rating process, how medical professional RRGs are analyzed and what should be known about participating in that process. (Event date: September 23, 2010)

"State of the Surplus Lines Market 2010"
Availability, pricing and coverage trends are discussed as Best's Review magazine hosts a webinar examining the current state of the excess and surplus markets. Panelists from the specialty markets discuss the impact of mergers and acquisitions and other developments affecting this fast-moving and important sector of the property/casualty insurance industry. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company. (Event date: September 20, 2010)

"What Insurance Brokers, Realtors and Risk Managers Need to Know About Distressed Commercial Property"
As the rate of commercial property vacancies and foreclosures continues to climb, property owners and their financial advisers face emerging liabilities and risk management challenges. A panel of experts discuss how to prepare for those new challenges. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: September 14, 2010)

"Mutuals and the Economic Crisis"
A panel of experts on the mutual insurance industry review the outlook for their sector, how mutual insurers have fared during the recent economic difficulties and how the sector is remaking itself for the new insurance environment. (Event date: September 07, 2010)

"A Guide to Understanding A.M. Best's Captive Ratings"
A.M. Best analysts and rating contacts explain the rating process, how captive insurance companies are analyzed and what captive organizations and their advisors should know about participating in that process. (Event date: August 25, 2010)

"State of the Global Reinsurance Market"
The editors of Best's Review lead a panel discussion of emerging reinsurance markets around the world and how reinsurers are growing their business in those locations. (Event date: August 25, 2010)

"What Risk Managers and Insurance Professionals Should Know About Today's Mounting Environmental Exposures"
Environmental exposures continue to widen. Pollution claims are only the beginning as risk managers face new exposures in meeting environmental regulation standards. A panel of experts discuss how to proactively assess environment risks, catalog the latest wave of regulation legislation and review the lessons of recent litigation. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: August 17, 2010)

"State of the Captive Insurance Market"
A.M. Best Co. Group Vice President John Andre and assistant Vice President Steven Chirico are joined by members of the captive-rating team to review an A.M. Best report examining developments in premium volume, loss reserves and admitted assets for rated, U.S.-based captive insurance organizations. The panel is also joined by Alan Kandel, A.M. Best's business development manager for the captive insurance industry. (Event date: July, 30, 2010)

"Best's Life Settlement Cash Flow Model Webinar"
A.M. Best Co.'s managing director and global head of insurance-linked securities, Emmanuel Modu, leads a 90-minute webinar to review A.M. Best Company's Best's Life Settlement Cash Flow Model, which allows users to simulate cash flows associated with life settlement collateral pools. The model, which is written as a MATLAB® application, is being offered at no charge to help market participants better understand the stochastic nature of mortality-dependent cash flows. (Event date: July 22, 2010)

"The Fast-Changing Environment for Workers' Compensation Coverage"
Workers' compensation is at an inflection point. After several years of reduced frequency, loss ratios and combined ratios are up markedly. Meanwhile, federal health reform is set to impact this market in unexpected ways. A panel of risk experts in workers' compensation commercial coverage look ahead at the impact of anticipated changes and examine how innovative risk managers, brokers and carriers are finding new ways to better identify risk, control losses and head off a growing range of exposures. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: July 20, 2010)

"Crisis Management and Risk Mapping for Risk Managers, Insurance Brokers and Agents"
Today's headlines are full of developments in which organizations must respond to crises. A panel of risk experts examine the latest thinking in crisis management, including best practices, coverage checklists, scenario development, external communications and internal management. The panel will also discuss how to prioritize coverage and how to uncover hidden exposures. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich North America. (Event date: July 13, 2010)

"Adjusting the High-Value Insurance Claim"
A panel of insurance claims and adjusting experts examine the move by insurers away from commodity claims handling in favor of higher-expertise, more-specialized adjusting firms and professionals. The discussion explores the credentials, expertise, availability and equipment needed to succeed in tomorrow's higher-value adjusting environment, including what adjusters should be doing now to upgrade their abilities and create new opportunities. (Event date: July 07, 2010)

"The Impact of Insurance Impairments on Agents, Brokers, Directors and Officers"
According to A.M. Best's annual studies of impaired and insolvent insurers, the past two years have been among the worst in decades for weaker insurers. Sparked by a rise in reported and identified insurance impairments and insolvencies, the principal editor of A.M. Best's annual reports on insurance impairments, Carole Ann King, leads a panel discussion with liability experts in this one-hour webinar. The webinar examines what's driving the rise in impairments and insolvencies, the gulf between strong and weak insurers, and the impact of failure on insurance professionals. (Event date: July 01, 2010)

"CMO Investing Part 2: The Insurer's Point of View"
As insurers struggle to find better investment returns, some are turning to other venues for portions of their portfolios. In the second part of a two-part discussion, principals at Prime Institutional Group and officers at two insurance carriers review what it takes to develop a successful strategy that includes allocations in collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs). The panel also discusses how some insurers seeking structured yield optimization are dedicating portions of their portfolio to this sector. In addition, the panel examines investment objectives, diversification, timing and strategy, with an emphasis on real-world considerations. (Event date: June 16, 2010)

"State of the Wholesale Channel: What Insurance Agents, Brokers & Carriers Need to Know"
Experts from the wholesale and specialty markets explore developments in the availability, pricing and capacity for coverage, along with emerging trends and product innovations in one of the property/casualty insurance industry's busiest sectors. (Event date: June 02, 2010)

"Insurance Developments in the Gulf Region"
A.M. Best analysts and region experts discuss the state of insurance and reinsurance in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The webinar is be hosted by Yvette Essen, author of a special report by A.M. Best on insurance developments in the region: "GCC: Rich in Potential, But Hurdles Remain." (Event date: May 26, 2010)

"State-Run Workers' Compensation Funds"
The Best's Review editors explore how state workers' compensation funds are changing across the country. (Event date: May 19, 2010)

"A.M. Best Webcast: Lloyd's Syndicate Ratings"
A.M. Best Senior Financial Analysts Catherine Thomas and Miles Trotter, who have followed this market extensively, report on financial results and market conditions for Lloyd's syndicates. They are also joined by Bruce Bartell of Chaucer plc and Robert Childs of Hiscox plc. Both Bartell and Childs operate syndicates active in the Lloyd's market. (Event date: May 13, 2010)

"Medical Professional Liability After Tort-Reform Rollback: The New Landscape"
Recent challenges to tort reform have rocked the underwriting environment for medical professional liability coverage (often called "med mal"), but that's not the only element of change afoot in this dynamic field. Developments in health regulation and reform legislation may soon alter the landscape for medical provider coverage. Meanwhile, new practices and technology exposures are expanding the scope of liability. A panel of experts assess the outlook for legal protections and identify new and rising areas of exposure that some may be overlooking. This webinar, hosted by the editors of Best's Review, is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company, America's leading surplus lines insurer, providing property, casualty, and specialty coverages and programs for a vast array of risk classes to large and middle market companies. (Event date: May 11, 2010)

"A.M. Best Webinar: The German Pension System"
Major life insurers in Germany expect increased growth for both occupational and individual pensions in that nation. The demand for products tied to the equity markets has been tempered by last year's global financial crisis, and products that guarantee return of investment are more attractive. The discussion of these topics and more is conducted in the German language and will be moderated by Maik Stolle of the A.M. Best Company. (Event date: May 05, 2010)

"An Introduction to the A.M. Best Rating Process For Life, Health & HMO Insurers"
Join A.M. Best Company for a walk-through of the interactive credit rating process for life, health and HMO insurers. (Event date: April 21, 2010)

"CMO Investing Part 1: Building the CMO Investment Portfolio"
As insurers struggle to find better investment returns, some are turning to alternative venues for portions of their portfolios. Experts with Prime Institutional Group explore investing in collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs). They review the basics and the mechanics of investing in the specialized sector, including investment opportunities and pitfalls. This webinar is sponsored by Prime Institutional Group. (Event date: April 19, 2010)

"Building the Information-Based Insurance Marketing Engine"
Many talk about the merits of analytics-based marketing but very few are doing it well. When used properly, marketing analytics help insurers better understand target markets and devise effective marketing strategies. Analytics can also identify customers who are at risk of moving to competition, emerging cross-selling opportunities, and strategy that works best for a customer segment. Experienced information and marketing professionals discuss what it takes to capture and use the data, keep it secure, and extract consumer insights from it. This webinar is sponsored by EXL Service, a leading provider of Transformation and Outsourcing services to Global 1000 companies in the Property & Casualty, Life & Annuities and Health Insurance verticals. (Event date: April 06, 2010)

"The Changing Risk Environment for Financial Institutions: What Brokers, Bankers and Others Need to Know"
Bankers, insurers, mutual fund managers, investment advisors, private equity partnerships and others face a growing array of liability exposures. A combination of market and regulatory forces are raising the stakes for financial institutions, making the need for appropriate coverage more acute than ever. A panel of industry specialists including insurers, brokers and industry leaders assess the new environment for financial institutions' liability, including emerging areas of risk, the environment for pricing and availability, how innovative organizations are deploying coverage in this fast-changing sector. This webinar is sponsored by Zurich Financial Services Group, a leading insurance-based financial services provider headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. (Event date: March 23, 2010)

"Underwriting Processes and Disciplines for Stronger Profitability"
Insurance innovation starts with solid underwriting. A panel of insurers, technologists and underwriting experts examine the best practices and cutting-edge techniques insurers are using to make their underwriting more accurate and tie those activities to claims, pricing and performance. The best are leveraging these skills to quickly and effectively penetrate new markets and launch products that produce results. This webinar is sponsored by FirstBest Systems, Inc., a leading provider of modern software solutions for property and casualty and workers' compensation insurers. (Event date: March 17, 2010)

"State of the Market: P&I Clubs"
BestWeek Europe editor David Pilla joins A.M. Best analysts and P&I club insurers and experts to discuss the outcome of the 2010 renewal season, the outlook for the coming year and factors that are affecting the financial strength of this important market. (Event date: March 03, 2010)

"Southeast Asian Insurance Markets: A Market Review"
A.M. Best Co. analysts are joined by an international panel to review the growth opportunities and role of global and local insurers and reinsurers in fast-developing markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. In addition, the panel discusses the expansion of Takaful and re-Takaful insurance, the use of microinsurance and insurance pools and the changing distribution systems. This Webinar is based on a new report authored by Yvette Essen, head of market analysis for A.M. Best's global financial services division. (Event date: February 25, 2010)

"State of the Medical Professional Liability Market: What Brokers, Doctors and Hospitals Need to Know"
The editors of Best's Review are joined by a panel of experts and insurers to examine the state of the medical professional liability insurance market, including coverage trends, the competitive landscape and issues affecting the financial strength of insurers serving this crucial market serving doctors, hospitals and other health professionals. (Event date: February 10, 2010)

"Winds of Change: The Changing Landscape of Catastrophic Risk"
Over the past 25 years, continued aggregation of coastal property values and the ongoing assimilation of physical assets in highly vulnerable areas around the country have created increasing levels of volatility for the Property and Casualty Industry. Normalizing the impact of historic U.S. wind and quake events in terms of population growth and wealth accumulation demonstrates the vulnerability of the industry's balance sheet to major catastrophic events. Estimates of insured and general economic damage associated with a major terrorist attack suggest our industry confronts increasingly unprecedented levels of volatility. This webinar, hosted by the editors of Best's Review, is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company, America's leading surplus lines insurer, providing property, casualty, and specialty coverages and programs for a vast array of risk classes to large and middle market companies. (Event date: January 15, 2010)

"Excess Casualty Markets Brace for 2010"
The editors of Best's Review magazine are joined by a panel of experts to discuss how commercial insurance entities can be susceptible to catastrophic liability and how that susceptibility can affect a company's prospects. This webinar is sponsored by Lexington Insurance Company, America's leading surplus lines insurer, providing property, casualty, and specialty coverages and programs for a vast array of risk classes to large and middle market companies. (Event date: November 13, 2009)

"State of the Insurance Domiciles"
A panel of experts in establishing and advising the operations of insurance organizations conduct a review of insurance locations around the world. Additional topics include: developments in taxation, privacy, regulation, incentives for starting and relocating companies, and more. We also explore why some locations are growing their insurance business while some are shedding. This webinar was sponsored by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development. (Event date: November 04, 2009)

"Reinventing Insurance Distribution"
Old relationships and ways of conducting business still dictate many insurers' interactions with producers and customers. In a time when most producers have become less committed to one company and more willing to consider new products and services, it can be difficult to keep up. We explore how companies can best modernize their business practices and producer relationships by developing new products, services and strategies. This webinar was sponsored by WNS Global Service, a leading global business process outsourcing company. (Event date: October 29, 2009)

"State of the Excess and Surplus Market"
Company leaders and experts in the specialty insurance market discuss the findings of a newly published report from A.M. Best and the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) on the issues shaping the excess and surplus market and how companies are faring within it. This webinar was co-sponsored by NAPSLO, a national trade association representing the surplus lines industry and the wholesale insurance marketing system. (Event date: September 25, 2009)

"Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs"
Experts discuss the latest planning options, available coverages and strategies for parents who want to provide life-long financial security for their children with special needs. (Event date: September 16, 2009)

"Developing the Insurance Defense Relationship"
Insurance defense attorneys and insurance counsel discuss how insurers are working with outside counsel to handle their defense needs. Panelists also examine how the nature of insurance defense is changing and how the role of outside counsel is becoming broader and requiring more specialized skills and knowledge. (Event date: September 09, 2009)

"State of the Captive Insurance Market"
A.M. Best analysts and guests review the state of the captive insurance market, including financial results, aggregates and averages for rated captives. (Event date: July 30, 2009)

"Cutting-Edge Claims Management"
The Best's Review Webinar Series continues with a look at the claims market today. Experts in helping insurers manage their claims participate in a one-hour online video presentation hosted by the editors of Best's Review magazine and sponsored by Accenture. (Event date: July 15, 2009)

"Succeeding in the Insurance Adjusting Business"
John Czuba of Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Adjusters joined Marty Brown of the National Association of Insurance Adjusters (NAIA) and marketing expert Elise M. Farnham of Illumine Consulting to discuss the state of the market for insurance adjusting. (Event date: July 01, 2009)

"Pricing and Availability in the Excess & Surplus Market"
Co-hosted by A.M. Best and NAPSLO, the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, this webinar was our best attended yet, with more than 1,050 viewers. Industry leaders reviewed specialty insurance in light of a new survey conducted by NAPSLO. (Event date: June 11, 2009)

"Navigating Your Way to and Through an A.M. Best Rating: A Comprehensive Guide to the Rating Process for the Cayman Captive Market"
John Andre and Steven Chirico of A.M. Best's Rating Division joined Tina Bukow-Truman of Business Development to discuss A.M. Best's rating process, including criteria used in determining and assigning ratings. They also discussed current market trends for Cayman captive insurance companies and other alternative risk transfer vehicles. (Event date: May 27, 2009)

"Agency Finance and Valuation: What's My Agency Worth?"*
Skip Hagerty of Philo Smith, Tim Cunningham of Optis Partners, Robert Pettinicchi of InsurBanc and Madelyn Flannagan of the IIABA discuss the state of insurance agency mergers and acquisitions, what variables are being used to determine agency value, and what insurance agency principals can do to improve the value of their businesses. (Event date: May 13, 2009)

*Note: Some presentations require a registered subscription to Best's Review

What Insurance Professionals Should Know About Resilience and Infrastructure when Planning Catastrophe Management
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Inside Today's Surplus Lines Market
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Inside Today's Surplus Lines Market" held September 11, 2014.

State of the Surplus Lines Market
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "State of the Surplus Lines Market" held September 24, 2013.

Catastrophic Risk Update 2013: Global Weather Events
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Catastrophe Risk Update 2013: Extreme Global Weather Events" held September 10, 2013.

Programmed for Success
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Programmed for Success" held December 18, 2012.

Small Steps, Big Insights: How Insurers are Deploying Big Data For Real-World Results
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Small Steps, Big Insights: How Insurers are Deploying Big Data For Real-World Results" held December 12, 2012.

Real-World ERM for Financial Institutions
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Real-World ERM for Financial Institutions" held December 10, 2012.

What Insurance Agents and Brokers Should Know About Liability Exposures for Nonprofits
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "What Insurance Agents and Brokers Should Know About Liability Exposures for Nonprofits" held October 09, 2012.

Inside Today's Surplus Lines Market
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Inside Today's Surplus Lines Market" held September 24, 2012.

The Other Side of the Risk: Hospital Property Liabilities Agents, Brokers and Risk Managers Need to Know
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "The Other Side of the Risk: Hospital Property Liabilities Agents, Brokers and Risk Managers Need to Know" held September 20, 2012.

An Overview: Prime Institutional Group and CMO Investing
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinars entitled "CMO Investing Part 1: Building the CMO Investment Portfolio," "CMO Investing Part 2: The Insurer's Point of View" and "Economist A. Gary Shilling on Global Deleveraging and Investment Strategies for Insurance Companies," held April 19, 2010, June 16, 2010 and August 8, 2012, respectively.

Innovation in Personal Lines
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Innovation in Personal Lines" held June 15, 2012.

Emerging Opportunities in Business Interruption Coverage for Insurance Agents and Brokers
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Emerging Opportunities in Business Interruption Coverage for Insurance Agents and Brokers" held June 13, 2012.

How the Global Billing Revolution Is Remaking Insurance Operations
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "How the Global Billing Revolution Is Remaking Insurance Operations" held June 13, 2012.

Catastrophic Risk Update 2012: Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Terror
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Catastrophic Risk Update 2012: Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Terror" held May 22, 2012.

Workforce M.D.: How the Physician-Employment Movement is Affecting Medical Liability Coverage
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Workforce M.D.: How the Physician-Employment Movement is Affecting Medical Liability Coverage" held April 10, 2012.

Financial Institutions and Their Increasing Real Estate Exposures
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "What Brokers and Risk Managers Should Know about Financial Institutions and Their Increasing Real Estate Exposures" held December 07, 2011.

What Midsize Companies Should Know About the New Developments in Cloud Computing
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "What Midsize Companies Should Know About the New Developments in Cloud Computing" held November 03, 2011.

State of the Surplus Lines Market 2011
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "State of the Surplus Lines Market 2011" held September 28, 2011.

Bigger, Faster, Riskier: Advances in Sea Transportation Open Up New Coverage Needs
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Bigger, Faster, Riskier: Advances in Sea Transportation Open Up New Coverage Needs" held September 27, 2011.

What the New Normal in Catastrophe Activity Means to Risk Managers, Brokers and Insureds
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "What the New Normal in Catastrophe Activity Means to Risk Managers, Brokers and Insureds" held July 14, 2011.

Products, Programs and Platforms
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "Products, Programs and Platforms" held May 03, 2011.

The Impact of Insurance Impairments on Agents, Brokers, Directors and Officers
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "The Impact of Insurance Impairments on Agents, Brokers, Directors and Officers" held February 03, 2011.

10 Reasons Why Insurance Program Businesses Succeed
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "10 Reasons Why Insurance Program Businesses Succeed" held October 14, 2010.

State of the Surplus Lines Market 2010
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "State of the Surplus Lines Market 2010" held September 20, 2010.

CMO Investing Part II The Insurer's Point of View
This Webinar Highlight is based on the webinar entitled "CMO Investing Part II The Insurer's Point of View" held June 16, 2010.

 

 

 

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