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CEO INTERVIEW
The Next Chapter

Thomas Buberl has reinvented Axa, as well as himself.

  • Kate Smith
  • July 2019

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BROKERS AND AGENTS
A Perfect Storm

A record wave of consolidation in the agent and broker space means enhanced service—and probably higher premiums.

  • Jeff Roberts
  • July 2019

POLITICAL RISK
Continuing Exposure

Sri Lanka bombings call for revisiting terrorism and political risk management, market watchers say.

  • Iris Lai
  • July 2019

LIFE INSURANCE
Stepping Outside

Insurtech’s advice to life insurers: Get out of your ivory tower and reach out and engage customers with digital.

  • John Weber
  • July 2019

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Let’s Make a Deal

Axa CEO Thomas Buberl discusses the XL acquisition as the insurance industry undergoes a wave of M&A. The July issue includes Best’s Review’s annual ranking of the top global brokers and rankings of top insurers.

  • Patricia Vowinkel
  • July 2019

GLOBAL BROKER RANKING
Top Global Insurance Brokers

Hub jumps three spots to No. 5 and Epic Insurance Brokers & Consultants debuts in the top 20.

  • Jeff Roberts
  • July 2019

A GLOBAL CONVERSATION
Broker Viewpoints

Insurance industry experts share their observations with AMBestTV on the many challenges brokers are facing.

  • July 2019

STANDING THE TEST OF TIME
Standing the Test of Time

A 120-year-old fire and casualty insurer joined the ranks of companies that have maintained a Best’s Financial Strength Rating of A or higher for at least 75 years.

  • Lori Chordas
  • July 2019

THE LAST WORD
Brand Ambassadors

Insurers have created some of the world’s most recognizable advertising mascots. Neuroanalytics explains the science behind those effective branding tools.

  • Lori Chordas
  • July 2019

EXECUTIVE CHANGES
Protective Insurance Names Former AIG Exec CEO

Also: Former Third Point Re CEO named president of Broker TigerRisk, HDI Global names head of Aviation and Space, and AIG appoints Financial Distributors CEO.

  • July 2019

NEXT WAVE
Another Way to Learn

Participating in or even starting a book club offers unique professional development rewards.

  • Carly Burnham
  • July 2019

RISK ADVISER
The Balancing Act

Carriers are combining digital efficiencies and advice to help independent agents to thrive.

  • Dick Lavey
  • July 2019

TECHNOLOGY
Fight Fire With Fire

Digital data is creating a cyberrisk. Digital products and processes must have security measures built in from conception to ward off cyberattacks.

  • Pat Saporito
  • July 2019

INSURANCE MARKETING
Summer Fun

Aflac is embarking on a cross-country summer music festival tour, and Geico is the presenting sponsor of “Geico Presents World TeamTennis.”

  • Lori Chordas
  • July 2019

IN THE NEWS
New Jersey Supreme Court Bars STOLI Policies

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has ruled stranger-owned life insurance policies violate public policy.

  • Timothy Darragh
  • July 2019

IN THE NEWS
UK Group Warns of Emerging Risks in More ‘Volatile World’

Boards are now required to be aware of emerging risks, detailing procedures in annual reports.

  • Robert O’Connor
  • July 2019

IN THE NEWS
Capgemini: Fintech Sector on Verge of Collaboration Phase

The report described Open X as a more effective, structured form of collaboration.

  • Robert O'Connor
  • July 2019

IN THE NEWS
Regulatory Update

Delaware wants health reinsurance fund. SEC adopts new broker-dealer rules.

  • July 2019

INDUSTRY UPDATES
Privacy Matters

GAO: Regulations could wilt insurtech bloom.

  • Frank Klimko
  • July 2019

INDUSTRY UPDATES
Price Check

Four commercial lines’ prices rise, two decline in first quarter.

  • David Pilla
  • July 2019

INDUSTRY UPDATES
‘Working Through a Tougher Period’

Aon sees challenges for commercial insurance buyers in Europe.

  • David Pilla
  • July 2019

WHAT AM BEST SAYS
Directors and Officers Market Shows Strain

Best’s Market Segment Report (Excerpt): D&O: Is There Really Light at the End of the Tunnel? (May 21, 2019)

  • July 2019

AM BEST WEBINARS
State of Caribbean Markets, MGAs and Insurtech

An AM Best webinar reviews the insurance markets in the Caribbean region. Also, managing general agents and program administrators are using technology in their operations.

  • July 2019

AM BEST TV & RADIO
89th Meeting of IMUA

AMBestTV reports on the Inland Marine Underwriters Association’s 89th annual meeting in Leesburg, Virginia, the RMS Exceedance Conference in Miami, AMBest’s celebration of its fifth year in Mexico City and more. AMBestRadio presents discussions on emerging cyberrisks and new buyers of active assailant insurance.

  • July 2019

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