02/18/14

Insurance Company Complaints

03The New York State Department of Insurance (DOI) just released the 2008 Annual Ranking of Automobile Insurance Complaints. The report has been issued to help consumers find the automobile insurer that best meets their needs. You can use this report to compare the ranking of the insurance company you are doing business with now, or check another company you may be considering.This report analyzed data collected from 2006 and 2007. It only ranks companies doing business in the State of New York. However, as New York is a heavily populated state, with both big urban centers and big suburban areas, the report can be considered a good representation of insurance company performance nationwide.

How The Ranking Works
The insurance companies are ranked on a complaint ratio. The ratio is calculated by the number of complaints upheld against companies as a percentage of their total private passenger auto business.Insurers with the fewest upheld complaints per million dollars of premiums are shown at the top of the list. The companies with the highest ratio of complaints are ranked at the bottom.

03/4/14

Independent Life Insurance Broker

1While life and health insurance industry employs more than 110,000 people, only around half of them work in the independent channel and are not directly employed by captive insurance companies. After being involved in the life insurance market for 14 years it really felt that I could help other people with their financial situation bette and push my own career further as an independent broker. Recently I’ve noticed that many other professionals were asking me about my motivation to do so and what were the specifics that led me start my own company. Here they are:

http://www.tierneyinsuranceagency.com provides better products – After so many years of knowledge, I wanted to create my own portfolio and build my own structure of services. I wanted to create something that would be more attractive for my clients and ensure that both of us can get out the maximum of the win-win situation.

 

Having a deeper understanding of the insurance industry – Although I gained a very substantial amount of knowledge from the previous years, starting your own brokerage company is a whole different endeavour. The sheer fact of learning more than ever about my chosen career field was exciting to me right from the start
Commissions – Naturally, when you deal with the insurance companies directly, you get better commissions and have access to a larger palette of products.
Oppurtinity for growth – Being a captive agent limits your choices and opportunities – however as an independent broker, there are no limits.

 
Competitive edge – The fact that I can set new standards creates oppurtinity for being one of the top. My credo was always shooting for being the very best and with my own company we are able to approach our goal without extra hurdles.
Financial flexibility – With your own budget, you can plan for the future better. For example, I have always spent a significant amount of money on promotional items and advertising in general, but with my own company now, we can target our promotional budgets even more effectively.

 
Creating your own team – It is very important to surround yourself with positive people and motivate each other to be more successful. I was very lucky to find people that are not just reliable professionals, but also excellent team players. They are able to bring a lot of fresh, creative energy to our workplace and ensure that our clients get more for the money. With a strong team, you can get more done. It’s more fun, too.

 
Opportinity for better organizing – The independent channel allows you create your own systems. With my team, we’ve introduced a workflow and process that allows us to focus more on dealing with people, yet provide the most service.
Motivation – After I started LSM Insurance Services, it felt like driving the same car with a new set of wheels and a great deal of tuning. I’ve become excited about life insurance more than ever and it affected all the areas of my life in a very positive way. If you’ve been this long in the business, a change like this is very vital.

 

Authority – Now as the head of an independent brokerage business, I get invited to speak at numerous events and get a lot more coverage in the media. Not only does this brings us more coverage and new leads, but also allows me to connect with othersuccessful professionals. We can learn from each other and get fresh new ideas that result in an immediate increase in productivity.

02/27/14

How to Buy Auto Insurance on the Internet

Crashing dollarAre auto insurance agents a dying breed? Today, auto insurance is one of those service businesses that are becoming more and more dominated by online providers.

In fact, there’s some question whether auto insurance agents are needed at all anymore. Do you really want to spend your Saturday morning visiting an auto insurance office being pitched on a single car insurance company’s policy when you can buy auto insurance online any time – weekends, evenings, etc. Not only that, but buying auto insurance online enables you to compare the offerings of several companies side-by-side in terms of policies and premiums. What’s more, you can buy the policy online (in most states), and even file claims online.

One might well point out, of course, that many people simply prefer meeting and talking face-to-face with an insurance agent, rather than simply pounding a computer keyboard. For one thing, they may feel more secure about transferring money (premium payments) in person than on the Internet. For another, they may prefer having a knowledgeable individual they can communicate with and ask questions of.

But the number of such people as a proportion of the adult population is clearly dwindling. According to market research firm ComScore, 67.5% of 2,000 U.S. consumers surveyed last year said they would consider purchasing their next auto insurance policy online. Auto insurance purchasing online has been growing at an amazing 55%+ rate over the past couple years.

Therefore, whether you’re looking for a replacement policy or for your first policy, http://www.farmersinsurancetopeka.com offers a number of benefits: cost-savings, convenience, speed, and better information about available policies from a range of insurance providers.

Basics of Online Auto Insurance

If you drive a car in the U.S. you need insurance. That’s an obvious fact. But what kind of insurance and at what price?

tsaspeaker. As you may know, there are two basic types of tsaspeaker, namely bodily injury and property damage. If you buy a 25/30/25 coverage that means the insurer pays up to $25,000 for bodily injury per person, $30,000 for bodily injury per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident. So this would be a relatively low amount of coverage, and you must assess your own situation in deciding what level of coverage is best for you. All states, except New Hampshire and Wisconsin, require that you carry tsaspeaker.

Collision. This category of auto insurance covers your property damage and medical expenses in an accident in which you are at fault.

Comprehensive. This type provides coverage for loss from accidents other than collision, or from theft, for example property damage sustained from flood, fire, or vandalism.

Uninsured/underinsured motorist. Pays you if the other driver in an accident does not have insurance or does not have enough insurance. (It’s not required in all states.)

Personal injury protection. Pays your unrecovered medical expenses as well as lost wages resulting from an accident. PIP may also include a death benefit. (About 16 states now require PIP coverage.)

A source of confusion are so-called “no-fault” auto insurance program. In a no-fault system, all drivers pay their own accident costs, no matter who is to blame. It was for a long time thought that this system would reduce litigation thereby holding down costs. It didn’t happen. In fact it usually resulted in higher accident rates, higher costs, and higher insurance premiums. As a result, most states that had enacted no-fault laws repealed them (DC, NV, PA, NJ, GA, CT, CO, FL). leaving only Michigan, Kansas, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York North Dakota, and Utah. However a couple states – New Jersey and Pennsylvania – adopted “choice no-fault”, allowing drivers to choose between no-fault and a traditional policy. (Results, in terms of premium levels, have been mixed so far.)