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From market access to direct access, Networked Insurance Agents offers independent agents the resources to win standard lines business.

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Preferred Market Access for Commercial Lines, Workers’ Compensation & Personal Lines Account Needs

Networked Insurance Agents, a unique segment of AmWINS Access, is an aggregator, cluster and marketing network writing admitted business with preferred markets. Networked is appointed by leading standard carriers for commercial lines, workers’ compensation, personal lines and agribusiness. Members receive market access while maintaining 100% agency ownership and earning competitive, market dependent commissions without individual production volume minimums. Here is a summary of the broad appetite for business written by Networked’s affiliate members.

  • COMMERCIAL LINES | target of ‘main street’ business, middle market, and larger accounts 
  • WORKERS’ COMPENSATION | specialized market expertise for handling comp opportunities of any size
  • PERSONAL LINES | options to cover risks from individual monoline products - home, auto, umbrella - up to packages created for high-net worth households

 

Adding Market & Service Expertise – Networked Aggregation

With Networked, affiliates gain valuable market placement and policy support services.  For each risk, the account management team will execute a personalized marketing strategy by approaching the most relevant, competitive markets through established underwriter relationships. Each affiliate member is assigned a dedicated account manager to handle new business and renewals. Averaging nearly fifteen years of industry experience, Networked Account Managers offer comprehensive market knowledge across multiple product lines. Our professionally trained customer service staff handles the back office support for your in-force policies.  With Networked handling these tasks, your agency can focus on building client relationships and producing new business.

 

Maximizing Earnings – Direct Access Cluster

If your agency has the staffing resources and production volumes to maintain carrier appointments, you may be eligible to join our cluster membership organization, Direct Access Insurance Services. The cluster environment offers direct market access, plus the potential to maximize revenues with full commission from carriers that provide subcodes and generous profit-sharing based on combined production volumes.   Benefiting from the group’s overall competitive leverage, each cluster member can operate with the clout of a firm with $14B in premium.  

By partnering with AmWINS, our goal is to be your “one stop shop” and assist you in growing your book beyond Main Street business. For new excess and surplus lines risks, Networked affiliates work with their dedicated commercial lines new business account manager who will get to work finding the best possible non-standard markets.

Areas of Specialty

 
  • Commercial Package
  • Business Owners Package
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Business Auto
  • General Liability
  • Umbrella
  • Homeowners
  • Personal Auto
  • Earthquake
  • Flood
  • Personal Umbrella
 

Recent Insights

Casualty, Professional Lines, Property, Property & Casualty

Claims Reporting: Better Late than Never?

08/16/18

A common complication during the claim process is the late reporting of claims. In some cases, a late claim can put the agent or broker's own E&O policy in jeopardy. There are many reasons for missing a reporting deadline; however, in most cases, they will not matter to the insurer or the courts. This article discusses typical claim reporting requirements, common causes of late reporting, and recommendations to mitigate the risk of late notice claim denials.

Property, Property & Casualty

Understanding Property Theories of Recovery and Ensuing Loss Clauses

08/16/18

​The theories of recovery, as well as the ensuing loss provisions, contained in property insurance policies are often complex and, at times, seemingly in conflict. Although a policy may not directly address these theories, their application by courts plays a significant role in the coverage determination process after the claim. It is essential that brokers understand the primary theories of recovery – Efficient Proximate Cause, the Concurrent Causation Doctrine, and the Anti-Concurrent Causation Doctrine – in order to navigate the challenging post-claim process and effectively serve their clients.

Property, Property & Casualty

Top 10 Misconceptions About Placing California Earthquake Insurance Coverage

07/24/18

​One of the biggest misconceptions regarding California Earthquake coverage is that it is a straightforward and elective coverage. With the lowest frequency in the CAT space, this peril is often misunderstood. However, one large event with subsequent aftershocks could result in significant losses. We have compiled a list of the top 10 misconceptions about placing CA Earthquake coverage which can help you understand this peril and what is truly being offered.

Casualty, Property, Property & Casualty, Public Entity

State of the Public Entity Market

05/11/18

The Public Entity market is seeing unique trends for both Property and Casualty. In Property, the mid-market has seen firming while larger placements have seen carriers, both domestic and in London, attempt to hold the line on pricing. In Casualty, there are underwriting concerns around several key issues including attachment point sensitivity, capacity management, and difficult public exposures such as water utilities and law enforcement.

Casualty, Property, Property & Casualty, Transportation

State of the Transportation Market

05/17/18

​In both primary and excess liability, accounts are seeing some increases, but the worst may be behind us. As is typical in the transportation sector, troubled accounts are facing higher costs and placement challenges. In an ever changing marketplace, claims, safety and technology are at the forefront and buyers can no longer simply consider price.

Property, Property & Casualty

Understanding Catastrophic Event Property Deductibles

05/17/18

Catastrophic event property deductibles (“CAT deductibles”) differ from traditional property insurance deductibles in that they result in significantly higher out-of-pocket expenses for the policyholder for specific perils. Policy wording is crucial to determine the potential financial impact of these high deductibles. This article discusses the three most popular forms of CAT deductibles and how you can protect your clients from substantial financial burden in the event of a CAT claim.

Property, Property & Casualty

Storm Event: When Multiple Water Perils Intersect

04/24/18

When a storm event occurs, multiple perils often intersect, creating a very challenging environment for a policyholder to prove their loss. Whether these perils are insured by an insurance policy, and if so to what extent, depends on the terms, conditions, definitions and exclusions in the policy. This article discusses the difference between wind-driven rain and rising water, the broad impact of using wind-driven water verbiage, and the importance of clear policy wording concerning water perils.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Real Estate

State of the Casualty Real Estate Market

03/22/18

The state of the casualty market for real estate and habitational risks differs by the type of exposure. While desirable risks are seeing rate reductions, crime-related losses have caused many carriers to tighten acceptability guidelines, and shrinking profit margins have caused carriers in the habitational market to exit the space. Learn more in our State of the Real Estate Market report.

Property, Property & Casualty

Insurance Commissioner Orders Carriers to Pay for Mudslide Damages

03/22/18

The Thomas Fire, the largest fire in California's history, subsequently led to a mudslide on January 9, 2018, which caused a massive amount of damage in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The California Insurance Commissioner has issued a formal notice reminding carriers to pay for damage, citing the "efficient proximate cause doctrine." This article takes a closer look at the doctrine and how it has been challenged in court over the years.

Property, Property & Casualty

State of the Property Market - Q2 2018

06/18/18

Abundant capacity characterizes the current property insurance market, with few exceptions. CAT pricing remains stable entering the 2018 hurricane season. Learn more in the Q2 2018 State of the Property Market report.

Casualty, Property & Casualty

State of the Casualty Market - Q2 2018

06/18/18

The second quarter brought few surprises, but a dynamic casualty insurance market requires expertise to navigate. Learn more in the Q2 2018 State of the Casualty Market report.

Property, Property & Casualty

AmWINS Exclusive Property Capacity

11/10/17

A one-two-three punch of hurricanes to the U.S., combined with global property catastrophes, have plunged the property market into a period of uncertainty. Vital market access and capacity will be key to success in the coming months.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Transportation

Why Your Employees' Driving Record Can Be a Reflection on Your Company

10/31/17

Due to the Doctrine of Negligent Entrustment, the consequences of allowing an employee with a poor driving record to operate any motor vehicle for work purposes extend beyond a possible traffic violation or accident. These seven tips will help you to proactively manage your drivers and maintain your CDL files as part of your fleet safety program.

Casualty, Product Recall, Property & Casualty

Whole Genome Sequencing and the Increase in Food Contamination Recalls

09/21/17

The number of food contamination recalls continues to grow at a record-setting pace. In large part, the exponential increase in food recalls is a result of government regulatory bodies’ growing use of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to identify the source of the contaminants. This article discusses the revolutionary impact of WGS on the food production industry.

Property, Property & Casualty

Coinsurance and Blanket Limits in Commercial Property Insurance

09/21/17

While policyholders should strive to provide the insurer with complete and accurate values for buildings and business personal property that are the subject of insurance, policyholders should also understand the basic workings of the coinsurance condition. In this article, we'll see an example of the potential penalties for underinsurance, the agreed value option, blanket limits and margin clauses.

Casualty, Property & Casualty

Landlord & Tenants and the Subrogation Dilemma

While insurance may protect a tenant against subrogation by a landlord’s insurer, the liability of the tenant to the landlord is ultimately a question of law. As a result, any defense to a tenant’s liability is the practice of law. Learn the importance of consulting qualified legal counsel regarding questions of tenant liability, including the consideration of the various approaches to limiting that liability to the landlord.

Property, Property & Casualty

Insurance-Linked Securities: Providing Capacity to Catastrophe Risks

Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) provide alternatives to traditional indemnity-based insurance products by allowing investors to provide capacity, primarily on property catastrophe risks. Whether purchased in addition to a traditional program or in lieu of a traditional setup, ILS arrangements may offer a more efficient use of capital and can be fine-tuned to meet the needs of the insurance buyer.

Property, Property & Casualty

10 Catastrophe Claim Tips for Severe Weather Season

Severe weather can be unpredictable and strike at any time. Help your clients be prepared in the event their property is damaged by a hurricane, tornado, hailstorm or similar disaster with these 10 catastrophe claim tips.

Property, Property & Casualty, Transportation

Railroad Property Business Keeps Rolling

The engine and cars that come down the track are only a small part of the property of any railroad operation. Property exposures are as diverse and complex as railroads themselves and require a specialized approach to navigate the insurance marketplace.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

CGL Exclusions Common To Construction-Related Claims

The Commercial General Liability policy (CGL) is an essential factor in the equation that consists of building planning, financing, construction, operation, and protection from risk. Standard ISO form CGL policies contain an insuring clause subject to long-standing exclusions, which have been the subject of interpretation and case law over the years. This article focuses on the operation of the form’s exclusions j, k, and l.