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Get to Know Jonathan Sweeney, Director of Personal Lines as Quaker Special Risk

Get to Know Jonathan Sweeney, Director of Personal Lines as Quaker Special Risk

Meet Jonathan Sweeney, Director of Personal Lines as Quaker Special Risk. Jonathan has deep expertise spanning over two decades in the insurance industry. In this spotlight video you’ll learn what Jonathan enjoys and what challenges him most about his role at Quaker. You’ll also learn some fascinating facts about his life before insurance!    Episode Highlights: 1:47 How do you think the...

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The Ins and Outs of Monoline Wind-Only & Wind Deductible Buybacks

The Ins and Outs of Monoline Wind-Only & Wind Deductible Buybacks

Worsening weather conditions are leaving homes and commercial properties damaged throughout the country as they're hit by hurricanes, torrential wind and rain, and tornadoes. Even the sturdiest structures are being put to the test. With the potential for dangerous conditions increasing and the rising cost of building materials and labor,...

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Primary vs. Excess Flood Insurance

Primary vs. Excess Flood Insurance

Industry jargon can easily leave your clients thrown off and confused. For example, when considering insurance coverage options and recommendations, your clients may be unfamiliar with terms like "primary" and "excess," resulting in inadequate coverage in the event of a flood. When selecting policies, it's critical to know the coverage's...

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Insurance Appraisals: What are Inspectors Really Looking For?

Insurance Appraisals: What are Inspectors Really Looking For?

Insurance appraisals play an essential part in determining coverage types and costs for a property. Unlike a purchase appraisal, insurance appraisals don't consider a property's market or land value like they would for the sale or refinancing of a property. Instead, inspectors conduct an in-depth assessment to determine the property's replacement...

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Admitted and Non-Admitted Insurance Carriers—What’s the Difference?

Admitted and Non-Admitted Insurance Carriers—What’s the Difference?

Looking at your coverage recommendations, your clients may not know the difference between admitted and non-admitted insurance carriers, and the benefits and drawbacks to each. Here’s a brief explanation you can use to help them understand the difference. If someone needs insurance for a situation that’s considered “high-risk,” they may be...

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Why It’s Important to Do Business with an A-Rated Insurance Carrier

Why It’s Important to Do Business with an A-Rated Insurance Carrier

When considering insurance carriers, selecting a company that's fully capable of fulfilling its obligations is critical––especially if you experience a loss and need to file a claim. Like businesses in any industry, some insurance carriers are more reputable than others. So you help your clients shop for insurance, one thing to consider is the...

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Can You Insure That? Our Most Unusual Excess and Surplus Policies

Can You Insure That? Our Most Unusual Excess and Surplus Policies

In the world of insurance, it's not uncommon to seek out property and casualty policies. But what about situations that require coverage for more bizarre items or circumstances? At Quaker Special Risk MA, we're focused on providing clients with the best coverage, no matter how “outside-the-box” the situation is. Here are a few of the wacky...

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Does Your Business Need Active Assailant Coverage?

Does Your Business Need Active Assailant Coverage?

From schools and grocery stores to movie theaters and nightclubs, active assailant events with mass casualties have become far too familiar. Although traditional insurance coverage like property and casualty can provide a layer of security in the wake of these tragedies, there can be sizable coverage gaps when it comes to active assailant...

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Is Flood Included in Homeowners Coverage?

Is Flood Included in Homeowners Coverage?

According to the Insurance Information Institute, less than 20 percent of U.S. homeowners have flood insurance, despite floods being the most costly natural hazard in the country. Many are either unaware that their insurance policies lack flood damage coverage or underestimate the likelihood of experiencing a flood-related incident.  Under most...

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Why Large Properties are Harder to Insure in 2021

Why Large Properties are Harder to Insure in 2021

Thanks to a string of natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic, supply disruptions, social and civil unrest, production shortages, and a slew of other economic factors, 2020 was one of the most expensive years for the insurance industry since 1970. Insurance loss estimates totaled up to $83 billion, according to Swiss Re Institute—and we’re...

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Getting Speciality Insurance Coverage: How Lloyd’s of London Works

Getting Speciality Insurance Coverage: How Lloyd’s of London Works

What happens when coverage needs fall outside of what a standard insurance carrier can offer? The surplus lines industry is important because it provides a market for insurance covering hard-to-place risks not written by the admitted markets. As such, non-admitted carriers have the ability to accommodate a wide variety of risks. Lloyd's of London...

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Do Artisan Contractors Need Insurance Coverage?

Do Artisan Contractors Need Insurance Coverage?

Artisan contractors are skilled workers who hail from a variety of industries. These trades include carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, masonry, roofing, and more. If you have clients who work independently, the last issue they want to face is an injury or property damage related to their work. Regardless of how much caution they exercise,...

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How Insurance Agents Can Support Policyholders Amid Fluctuating Construction Costs

How Insurance Agents Can Support Policyholders Amid Fluctuating Construction Costs

Since the onset of the pandemic, there's been a surge in building materials costs – impacting construction and building prices. A combination of increased home projects, a shortage of construction workers, and mill closings have led to building material shortages, creating obstacles for contractors. While these factors have significantly impacted...

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Why Businesses Should Be Concerned About Ransomware

Why Businesses Should Be Concerned About Ransomware

As one of the most dangerous and popular types of malware, ransomware is a growing threat amongst businesses. In the U.S., over 4000 ransomware attacks happen daily. During these attacks, cybercriminals use phishing tactics and network vulnerabilities to access a company's systems and data. They then threaten to either block access to networks or...

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How FEMA’s First Flood Insurance Update in 50 Years Will Affect Rates

How FEMA’s First Flood Insurance Update in 50 Years Will Affect Rates

In the wake of natural disasters, a pandemic, and supply shortages, higher insurance rates are everywhere. Many living in coastal areas or in flood zones can also expect to see higher rates to insure their homes under the Federal Flood Insurance Program. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new rules in the spring regarding...

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To Package or Not to Package Commercial Insurance Policies?

To Package or Not to Package Commercial Insurance Policies?

From phone, internet, and cable to insurance, everyone loves to bundle. It’s convenient to work with one form, one agent, and one carrier for multiple policies, and bundling everything into one package sometimes saves the insured some money. Business owners needing both property and general liability (GL) policies have long had this option, but...

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What to Do When A Construction Project Is Delayed

What to Do When A Construction Project Is Delayed

Pandemic-related supply-chain disruptions, manufacturing delays, and labor shortages are leading to building supply shortages and longer wait times for deliveries. 90% of contractors say plywood has been harder to come by, and 75% are finding vinyl siding harder to get, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. Between...

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5 Traits of a Good Insurance Broker Partner

5 Traits of a Good Insurance Broker Partner

Having a good broker partner is essential to getting great rates and giving your clients and insureds stellar service. But how do you find one, or how do you know you have one? When evaluating a broker, there are a few characteristics you should look for in order to rate their quality. Here are 5 traits of a good insurance broker partner. 1. Fast...

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