The world of insurance is ever changing. Every day the market seems to tighten and get more and more competitive, captive writers, direct writers and the independent agency channels are competing for premium like never before. However, one competitive edge still remains with the independent agent, the freedom of choice. Independent agents have the ability to shop several carriers and offer their clients choice.
With that said, it has become harder and harder for small 1 or 2 man offices to survive. Carriers are expecting more and more volume in order to maintain contracts. Many independent agents are joining forces in aggregator groups or clusters. These groups allow smaller shops to still maintain their autonomy but yet enjoy some of the benefits of larger agencies. These benefits include among others, more carriers to choose from, which can only serve to help that agent be more competitive.
Property Casualty 360 published a great article about this very topic and it can be found at http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2009/04/01/the-aggregator-advantage-join-forces-to-get-throug
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