In addition to a scholarship program committed to bringing new young talent to our business, the Foundation for Agency Management Excellence funds a variety of industry publications.
It's All About Risk: The High-Stakes World of Commercial Insurance
Commercial insurance is an integral part of society; every business needs it. The insurance industry has been shaped by many unprecedented forces in the past 20 years. However, despite all the changes, one thing remains constant: businesses need insurance to operate, protect their assets and employees, promote research and development to bring new innovated products to the market and ensure their - and our - economic future.
No matter how much the industry may change, agents and brokers will remain an integral part of the equation. Click here to download
Council members who would like to distribute this title electronically or as a printed piece may insert their logo on the cover.
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Developing and Implementing an Effective Intern Program
In surveys of member firms by The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, staffing and human capital issues are consistently identified as primary concerns now and for the foreseeable future. Specifically, members are interested in developing new staffing resources and expanding the labor pool that they can draw on for potential new talent.
To address those needs, The Foundation for Agency Management Excellence (FAME), a 501(c)3 charitable and educational organization administered by The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, commissioned the development of this industry-specific manual to offer guidance to member firms that are interested in establishing internship programs as a means of tapping into the large number of emerging pre-professionals at the nation’s colleges and universities. Click here to download.
The Good, The Bad (and Occasionally, Ugly):
A Survey of Literature Analyzing the Advantages and Disadvantages of the Employer-Based Health Insurance System.
Proceeding from the observation that our nation's current employer-based health insurance system has its advantages and disadvantages, this survey seeks to more closely examine what academic and other studies have to say about the system's pros and cons, whether the good appears to outweigh the bad or vice-versa, and how the reform proposals that are often appended to such studies might affect the roles of insurance agents and brokers in the system. Click here to download.
An Analysis of Catastrophic Risk Insurance Proposals
This study is a comprehensive analysis of various legislative proposals that have been advanced to deal with the problem of insuring catastrophic risk, from natural disasters to acts of terrorism. Click here to download.
Exploring Consumer-Directed Health Care (High Deductible Health Plans/Health Savings Accounts):
Opportunities for Employers and Employees
This study includes background information on health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement accounts (HRAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs); a six-page chart comparing features of these plans; insightful comments from insurance and broker experts; key questions to ask when investigating HSAs and HRAs, elements of success with HSAs, and employee communication and education advice. Cick here to download.
Summaries of State Laws and Regulations
Now available through Compliance CYA - Cover Your Actions *:
Producers' Compensation Disclosure
Producers' Fiduciary Responsibilities for Trust Accounts
Producers' Fees & Commissions
*FAME funded the original study of each, however, The Council facilitates the updated iterations that are now available through the online service, Compliance CYA - Cover Your Actions.
Managing Insurer Insolvency
This book takes a look at broker, rating agency and regulator challenges during difficult and uncertain times in our industry. A must read for every industry leader.
For inquiries regarding a printed copy of this publication please email Julia Smith
Cost & Benefits of Future Regulatory Options for The U.S. Insurance Industry: An Analytical Framework
This is generally recognized as the best analysis of the comparative costs of state vs. federal regulation.
For inquiries regarding a printed copy of this publication please email Julia Smith.