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Cannabis Industry Putting More Tax Revenue in State Coffers

As the legal use of marijuana continues to grow, the tax revenue generated by the cannabis industry has other states wanting in. In fact, according to the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), tax revenue for the 10 states where the legal sale of adult-use cannabis exists exceeded $3 billion in 2020.

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Insurers Backing Away from Coal Industry Amid Climate Change

Last year we looked at the impact of climate change on severe weather patterns and what insurers are doing to understand, assess and better manage natural catastrophe risks. It’s in our industry’s best interest to better understand the role of climate change on wildfires, flooding, and other events to develop better modeling and risk management…

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Why Care About Social Inflation?

In understanding and analyzing the “hard insurance market” – characterized by higher premiums, diminished capacity, new sub-limits, additional policy exclusions, changes to coverage forms, and tighter underwriting guidelines – you have to look at the impact that social inflation has had on our industry. Social inflation refers to recent growth over the last several years…

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Adopting New Liability Risk-Mitigation Approach to Stem Mega Verdicts

Our litigious environment has been exacerbated over the last several years due to several factors including the rise of nuclear liability verdicts that run into the tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars. Contributing to these mega verdicts is anti-business sentiment and corporate mistrust by jurors. Juries feel more sympathetic toward injured plaintiffs and…

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Why Participate In/Host Webinars

Before COVID was part of our vernacular and impacting our everyday lives, including the move to remote work, learning, conferences, and events, webinars already played a pivotal role in the insurance industry. Now, in a world still struggling to combat coronavirus, they have become even more relevant.

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COVID Construction Spike Leads to Lumber Shortages

In March of 2020, American lumber mills curtailed operations, citing both employee health and safety concerns and an expected plunge in demand. As months-long quarantines kept Americans locked in their homes, however, home improvement projects and renovations skyrocketed. The failure of lumber producers to foresee this increased demand for construction supplies has led to widespread…

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In the Weeds on the State of Cannabis

Marijuana laws are changing at a rapid pace across the country. Since 2012, 15 states and Washington, DC have legalized marijuana for adults over the age of 21. In total, 43 states have legalized medicinal or recreational use of marijuana. New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota in their November elections are the most recent…

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2021 Insurance Market Insights: Part 2

In our previous article, we provided an overview of the hard insurance market cycle and what to expect in 2021. Here we will dive deeper into how COVID-19 is influencing the hard market in certain coverage lines.

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2021 Insurance Market Insights: Part 1

There has been a flurry of industry data released over the last month with all indicators pointing to an ongoing hard insurance market across all lines for all-sized businesses as insurers continue to address profitability issues as a result of rate inadequacy and increasing losses. Even Workers’ Compensation insurance, which has remained flat while other…

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The Future: Usage-Based Premiums and Smart Homes

Usage-based technology has been utilized for some time with auto insurance to track mileage and driving behaviors. You drive fewer than a certain number of miles and safely (no speeding, distracted driving, etc.), you get the benefit of premium discounts. Usage-based insurance (UBI) in this case is typically powered by in-vehicle telecommunication devices (telematics)—technology using…

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