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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, 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 - Q1 2018

02/22/18

Although market-hardening predictions have not materialized, a repeat of last year’s catastrophic losses could shake the property sector in 2018.

Casualty, Property & Casualty

State of the Casualty Market - Q1 2018

02/22/18

The new year brings insight into what the 2018 market will look like for retailers and insureds. Entering 2018, the question on many brokers’ minds was how much market experience across all of P&C, not just liability lines, would drive pricing and capacity trends in casualty.

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

08/15/17

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

07/20/17

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

05/16/17

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

05/16/17

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.

Casualty, Construction, Property & Casualty

5 Risk Transfer Options for Owners and Developers

Owners and developers involved in construction projects must deal with the inherent risks involved with such projects. Their options are typically limited to avoiding, assuming, controlling/mitigating, or transferring the risk. This article addresses the most common risk transfer options.

Casualty, Property & Casualty

Arbitration Law As We Move Into 2017

Arbitration is becoming a frequently preferred method for dispute resolution, especially in commercial matters and those involving consumer contracts. While there are many positives to arbitration, there are also drawbacks. This article discusses the basis and background of arbitration and current trending and emerging subjects.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Transportation

8 Areas in which the Electronic Logging Mandate will Impact Trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate which requires nearly all U.S. truck operators to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to track duty status has been upheld in court and will take effect December 16, 2017. The mandate will impact not just the trucking industry, but the trucking insurance sector as well.

Casualty, Healthcare (P&C), Property & Casualty

3 Factors Threatening the Nursing Home Liability Market

With ample capacity in nursing home and long-term care liability insurance, competition remains strong among carriers. However, the convergence of three separate events are threatening to create a perfect storm in the marketplace.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Workers' Compensation

How to Combat Rising Rates and Retentions in Excess Workers' Compensation Insurance

For 10 years, rates and retentions for self-insureds have been steadily (sometimes drastically) increasing. The good news is there's a way to fight the increases, though it has little to do with insuranc​e.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Workers' Compensation

Protection & Indemnity Insurance – Overview and Coverage Concerns

P&I insurance, which is liability coverage for vessel owners, is subject to many exclusions and special conditions. Often, we see instances where the P&I insurer declines defense and indemnity in cases involving injuries to crew members. Here's a closer look at why.

Casualty, Property & Casualty, Real Estate

Overcoming the Challenges of Placing Multi-Family Real Estate Insurance

Multi-family real estate insurance has become a difficult class to place - many markets have either exited the space or tightened their guidelines. Here are three ways that you can help present risks in the best possible light for underwriters.