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AA&B's most popular January articles

No more business as usual
Insurance executives from Liberty Mutual, Chubb, CNA, Chartis, Utica National Insurance, Ironshore and the Main Street Insurance Group answer pressing questions about the recession and its impact on their businesses in this article from AA&B's 2009 Review & Outlook issue. Read more here.

Get to know the duck: Aflac's outreach to independent producers
Aflac recently made headlines with a survey revealing that it's the No. 1 preferred carrier for voluntary insurance among independent brokers. Ron Agypt, VP of broker sales, talks about why "the Duck" is becoming popular with brokers. Read more here.

Mitigate the risk of social media
As more people share information and transact business online, Internet crime has risen. One of the most commonly reported scams for 2008, according to the IC3, was identity theft, with online scammers posing as FBI employees seeking personal information, such as bank account information. In January's Getting Personal column, Paul Morrisette details Internet risk enhancers and mitigators, and how insurance can help. Read more here.

Recruiting Generation Y
With baby boomers heading for retirement and dramatic global demographic shifts, the insurance industry can no longer afford to ignore the needs of younger, more diverse generations—both as customers and as future leaders. Andrew Liakopoulos writes of the challenges and opportunities in January's cover article. Read more here.

Founder's retirement launches Philadelphia Insurance into a new era
In this Web exclusive, AA&B editor Laura Toops spoke with Jamie Maguire about his father's legacy, changes in the industry and the company's plans for the future. Read more here.

AA&B Pulse

Each week we ask our readers for input on current industry issues. This week's question:

Insurance broker mergers and acquisitions in 2009 dropped 40% from the previous year, according to Hales & Co. What do you think will happen to M&As this year?

• The number will increase—there are some great deals out there for buyers.
• The number will decrease—there's still too much economic uncertainty.
•The market will stay level with last year's activity.

We want your opinion! Take AA&B's poll here.

Poll results from January

1. In terms of fatalities, which was the deadliest earthquake in the last 50 years?

• Chimbote, Peru, May 31, 1970 — 70,000 fatalities
• Tangshan, China, July 27, 1976 — 255,000 fatalities (29% of respondents answered correctly)
• Sumatra, Dec. 26, 2004 — 227,898 fatalities
• Pakistan, Oct. 8, 2005 — 86,000 fatalities
• Eastern Sichuan, China, May 12, 2008 — 87,587 fatalities
Source: U.S. Geological Survey

2. What will be the biggest insurance stories in 2010?

• Healthcare reform — 59%
• Financial services reform — 7.5%
• Market conditions — 7.5%
• Catastrophes — 7.5%
• Economic developments — 18.5%

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