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Lower reinsurance prices not resulting in lower premiums

Many insurance companies using discounted reinsurance rates to increase exposure to risks Insurance companies in the United States have been acquiring reinsurance at bargain prices the last few years, giving themselves a hedge against claims from a catastrophic event. So why haven’t policyholders seen a decline in premiums? Because price is but one element of the […] [...]

Insurance industry watching a few key bills

Health insurance exchange, surplus lines and the uninsured motorists instant verification bill are high on the watch list With the Mississippi State Legislature in full swing, the insurance industry — like all others — is carefully watching procedures at the capitol. However, insurance executives say the state budget is the big factor this session and […] [...]

A man of many hats

by Published: March 13,2011

Tags: Joe Shumaker, MBJ Focus, Mississippi Rating Bureau

Shumaker must be versatile at the state rating bureau Joe Shumaker has had a long career with the Mississippi Rating Bureau, where he began working at age 20. He currently wears three hats as manager of the three separate entities at the bureau. There’s the Mississippi Rating Bureau, established by state law in 1924, which […] [...]

Number Crunching

Actuaries provide a valuable service for insurance, other sectors What is an actuary and what do they do? These mainstays of the insurance industry are not crunching numbers with a magical twist; they’re grounded in mathematics, logic and statistics. They’re also listed on job-rating lists as one of America’s top 10 best jobs. Furthermore, the road […] [...]

Maintaining the status quo

Mississippi Association of Self Insurers’ members thriving Self insurers in Mississippi are alive and well. In spite of a recovering economy and some employment problems, these not-for-profit insurers and members of the Mississippi Association of Self Insurers are thriving, according to Dan Gibson, executive director of MASI. “Our members are doing well even though it’s […] [...]

Insurance rates hinge on local standards

Economy could force changes in urban and rural fire operations Steps taken by Mississippi’s state government during the last 23 years are credited with keeping today’s home and business fire insurance rates stable. But budget problems in urban fire departments and manpower shortages in rural ones threaten the hard-won stability. As the recession lingers, localities […] [...]

RAND proposals designed for new thinking on coastal storm insurance

by Published: October 31,2010

Tags: Lloyd Dixon, RAND

Research organization sees lack of progress on Gulf Coast property insurance challenges,  details ideas for avoiding post-Katrina missteps The next time a strong hurricane or series of hurricanes hammer Mississippi’s coastal region as they did in 2004-2005, some changes in the structure of wind and flood insurance must be in place, says the RAND Corporation […] [...]

Coastal American set to grow as coastal insurer

by Published: October 31,2010

Tags: Coastal American Insurance Co., Joe Shumaker, Ned Dolese

New insurance firm staking its viability on belief water — not wind — is biggest threat to Gulf homes A little more than seven months after it began providing wind and flood coverage to homeowners along Mississippi’s coast, Coastal American Insurance Co. is ready to take on several thousand new policyholders, says Ned Dolese, a […] [...]

Proximity pays OFF

by Published: October 31,2010

Tags: Joe Shumaker, Mississippi State Rating Bureau

Fire Ratings Bureau more concerned with nearness of fire services than number of homes to be served Want to pay less for fire insurance? Move next door to a fire station, even if the neighborhood is jam packed with dwellings. In fire insurance, as in real estate, location is everything. When Joe Shumaker and his […] [...]

A fire station near every home

Long-ago funding revamps help lower insurance premiums A couple of decades ago, Mississippi set a goal of putting a fire station within five miles of every home in the state. “I think we’re very close to that,” said Larry Barr, state fire coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Insurance’s Division of Fire Service Development. Two […] [...]

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