M&A activity declined among insurers last year, study finds
Merger-and-acquisition activity in the insurance industry declined in 2012, a Conning study says. M&A deals dropped 19%, while aggregate deal volume declined 21%, Conning's Jerry Theodorou says. "In 2012, high levels of industry capital and limited opportunity for organic growth suggested that it should have been a very active year," Theodorou said. Insurance Networking News
Study: Fewer Americans say altering insurance claims is OK
Nearly one-fourth of Americans said they think that padding an insurance claim to compensate for deductibles is acceptable, a sentiment that is on the decline, according to an Insurance Research Council study. "However, the fact remains that nearly 1 in 4 Americans are tolerant of claim-padding behavior that has direct implications for claim costs and the cost of insurance for consumers. Moreover, 1 in 10 believe that insurance fraud doesn't hurt anyone, indicating the need for continued public education," said Elizabeth Sprinkel of the Insurance Research Council. Insurance Networking News
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Earthquake-recovery plan could isolate Ore. town, officials say
Officials in Medford, Ore., are considering preparations for a major earthquake as they say the state's plan could isolate the region for some time. Such an earthquake could heavily affect the south part of the state and isolate coastal areas, said Gary Leaming, spokesman for the state Transportation Department. "It will be so catastrophic. We'll be hard-pressed to get goods and services into that area for a while. It will be a regionwide crisis," Leaming said. The Oregonian (Portland)/The Associated Press
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