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While 2014 was a positive year for asset managers (with the Dow Jones and S&P 500 hitting all-time highs), advisors for mutual funds - and many managed accounts delivered robust returns. Strong overall performance is positive from an insurance underwriting perspective in that investors have less incentive to bring a claim against their advisors when they're making money. This Gallagher Market Conditions Update: 2015 Asset Manager Management & Professional Liability report examines trends that shaped the 2014 asset manager D&O/E&O insurance market.
A lawsuit was filed against the insured bank alleging that the bank was involved in a scheme to defraud investors. The bank was advised by the insurer that there was no coverage. The insured asked Gallagher’s Management Liability Practice team to assist in getting the insurer to reconsider the denial of the claim. Working with the insured, Gallagher used the carrier’s own policy language to get the insurer to reverse its decision.
The Gallagher Market Conditions Update: 2015 Insurance Company Professional Liability (ICPL) Insurance report provides an overview on key ICPL issues in 2014 particularly in that primary insurers proved to be fairly disciplined in their underwriting. Increases varied based on the risk characteristics, but for accounts with moderate to low-risk profiles, year-over-year increases were generally in a range from 0% to 10%. So what is on the horizon for ICPL in 2015?
The Gallagher Market Conditions Update: 2015 Real Estate Market report notes that underlying fundamentals in commercial real estate continue to improve and are helping to drive successful insurance negotiations for clients. Commercial valuations are rising rapidly and financing is readily available. Improved opportunities in bank lending and low interest rates also are driving the business at the moment. So what is on the horizon for 2015?
The issue of student-on-student sexual assault has swept through colleges like a tidal wave, and its impact is starting to be felt by independent schools. At least 90 colleges are currently under federal investigation for potential violations of Title IX, the law that regulates sexual assault at institutions receiving federal funds. Even though most independent schools are not subject to Title IX compliance, the law will likely establish a standard of care for all educational institutions. Is your school or your students prepared?
Without a well-thought-out compensation philosophy, incentive plans may be poorly designed and thus not effective. In 2005, James F. Reda wrote an article on the importance of a compensation philosophy. Since then, executive compensation has changed drastically. The Compensation Discussion and Analysis, combined with shareholder pressure, shifted the mix of performance shares from approximately 1/3 of the total long-term incentive award in 2005 to over 1/2 in 2013. This has resulted in the emergence of a new concept: the pay for performance curve.
We have all witnessed the devastating effects Mother Nature can cause throughout the year. Hosted by Agility Recovery and Gallagher's Loss Control Practice, this webinar focuses on your business' emergency and disaster preparedness, business continuity and recovery planning. Now is the time to prepare for the threats posed by flood waters, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. How well will you be prepared to serve those who depend on you in their time of need?
In November of 2009, the paradigm for how we manage risk changed. The "new language of risk", and how to implement an enterprise-wide approach to risk management, is grounded in the value that risk management can bring to an organization. Gallagher's The New Language of Risk Management whitepaper addresses the topic of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) - for public or private organizations, the nuances of regulations and more.
Purchasing procedures for public entities and schools are designed to meet statutory requirements for a fair and consistent process. The purpose of a Request for Proposal (RFP) is for the good of the public entity and to demonstrate that an entity’s risk financing arrangements are being made through reputable insurers. This whitepaper offers examples of mistakes you can avoid in the RFP process.