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March 1, 2013

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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Industry News 
 
  • Survey looks at customer ratings for insurers
    Property/casualty insurers overall were rated "OK" on customer service, a more favorable rating than their health insurance counterparts received, in a survey by Temkin Group. Insurers can improve and maintain their customer service by adhering to a clear set of values when doing business and by developing deeper relationships with customers, the firm said. Insurance Networking News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Insurers should pursue mobile to meet customer needs
    Mobile should be foremost among the multiple-channel approaches that insurers can pursue to improve customer retention and reduce operational costs, a Capgemini report says. "While face-to-face remains the primary form of interaction for most insurance customers, mobile has become vital in the drive to meet customer needs in terms of access, with a growing number of customers using their mobile phones to engage with insurers," the report says. Insurance Networking News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Catastrophic Risk 
 
  • Expert: Many Sandy-claims payments are backed by global reinsurers
    International reinsurers are financially sound and are expected to help insurance companies with many payouts related to Hurricane Sandy, says Brad Kading of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers. Hurricanes could cause an average of $10 billion in insured losses in the U.S. every four years, Kading said, citing a report from Karen Clark & Co. "With the potential losses from extreme weather on the rise, the need for global reinsurance will continue to expand," Kading says. Insurance Networking News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  Policy and Law 
 
  • Bernanke: Fed may study how capital rules would affect insurers
    The Federal Reserve is bound under the Dodd-Frank Act to develop regulations for non-bank systemically important financial institutions and companies with thrifts, and it is aware of the differences between banks and insurers, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says. The Fed may study the potential effects of capital standards on insurers before releasing final rules, Bernanke says. PropertyCasualty360 (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

  SmartQuote 
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."
--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
Scottish-born writer


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