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07/31/14 -- Hitting the Books with IIABNY

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IIABNY Insider
July 31, 2014
Education is Not Only Lifelong, It Crosses Seasons, Too
Yes, we know it's the end of July, just before the "dog days" of August rise like the morning sun into the latter half of the summer. Still, with back-to-school supplies and book sales already up and running, it's not too early to begin planning and preparing to meet your fall education and licensing needs. IIABNY, which is announcing a complete schedule of online presentations and continuing education courses that begin before Labor Day, can help.

Your association's Education Department and its partners, Agents & Brokers Education Network or ABEN, will present more than 100 webinars and continuing education classes around the state of New York before the end of the year. And, more will be added throughout the next few months. In addition to courses to qualify for an errors and omissions insurance discount and earn AAI, ACSR, NYAIP, NFIP certification or designation, the Web CE programs "Employee Theft Insurance," "Flirting with Disaster: Run a Plan or Plan to Run" and "The Fuss Over Fracking - Insurance Issues Associated With Fracking" will also be presented this fall.

Check the full IIABNY Education Calendar for details and registration.

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INFORMATION
See What's New on IIABNY's Fall Education Calendar
The association's Education Department serves up a mix of new courses for the upcoming season. Learn more
'Show Me the Money' on Auto Telematics
Call it usage-based or simply telematics. This tracking technology now being used to monitor the driving habits of motorists has steadily gained traction in the insurance industry. Sam J. Friedman of the Deloitte Center for Financial Services offers an explanation in his column posted on the PropertyCasualty360 website. In the column, Friedman cites the revenue and expense benefits auto insurance carriers could reap from telematics. Read his column, but be forewarned. Friedman doesn't include a role for agents and brokers, such as selling their clients UBI-based products or providing "carrier agnostic" telematics devices, similar to unlocked smartphones that can be used with multiple carriers.

What Are Your Thoughts on Telematics?

IIABNY has put together a short survey (3-5 minutes) to help us gauge the knowledge and needs of personal lines agency staff regarding telematics. We are actively tracking its development in the use of personal lines auto insurance and working to ensure that independent agents aren't left in the dark. Your insights will give us important information to help us in this process. Take survey
IIABA Lauds Senate for Studying Sandy Response
IIABA has praise for the Banking Subcommittee on Housing Transportation and Community Development for investigating the National Flood Insurance Program's claims process following Superstorm Sandy. Read what the Big "I" had to say
Senate Committee Deliberates Flood Laws
IIABA recently submitted testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security at a hearing about flood insurance. Read more
Grant Kids' Wishes. Do Your 'Share' During August
For every "share" from the Trusted Choice ® Facebook page during the month of August, Trusted Choice will donate $10 to Make-A-Wish—but your help is needed! How You Can Help
 
PRODUCTS & TOOLS
Premium Financing at 4.99%
Superior Payment Plan, IIABNY's endorsed premium finance provider, has a great summer special for you. Today through Aug. 15, you can select a finance agreement to receive a 4.99 percent rate. Be the hero for your client; call the customer service team at (866) 856-1112. Why Superior
Are You a Travelers Agent?
Travelers recently invested in Project CAP to help expand the independent agent's share of the personal lines insurance market, and we are excited to announce that they are now live with quoting on TrustedChoice.com. Travelers agents can now deliver quotes and receive leads through the website. TrustedChoice.com Advantage Subscribers can take advantage of this opportunity today!
 
More info. | Help:  Kelly Schoeff or call (952) 715-5922
How to Nudge Your Carrier Toward E-Signatures
The benefits of e-signatures are undeniable—and independent agents play a large role in convincing their carrier partners to join the initiative. See the full story
 
EDUCATION & EVENTS
Fulfill Next License Renewal Requirements with IIABNY
Earn the 15 continuing education credits needed to renew a corporate broker's P&C license with the association's help. Here's how
Hear from Industry 'Thinkers' at NYiDAY
Residential 3-D printing, driverless cars, smart houses and wearable technology. Where is the insurance business heading and how will it impact you? Hear from industry experts during the Insurance Think Tank: Mapping the Future of Our Industry at NYiDAY on Oct. 28.

Learn about the discussion | Register

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