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Prepare Your Business For The Future

If your business survived 2020 and 2021, there is hope for the future. Having survived the past is a good indication that your business is strong and prepared for the future. But it is essential to understand that the risks of the past change and the risk your business faces will be different. It will be important to understand your future risk to have a strategic plan on how to analyze, manage and insure these new risks.

Trends That Are Not So Good

It is becoming more frequent for non-insurers to establish insurance firms. Some automakers now provide or even design their auto insurance packages to sell alongside the vehicles they produce.

Insurers rely on data to determine their coverage and price. This takes the relationship and uniqueness out of the process.

We believe it is vital to understand the uniqueness of each business, not lump them together.

More insurers are offering online insurance. So now, business owners will have to determine what coverage they need without any professional help. This will also allow insurers to limit coverage and even deny claims without the business having proper representation.

Future Risk Trends

Environmental, social and governmental activism

Businesses are becoming a target for many new areas of social and governmental influences. Make sure your insurance can address these issues.

Cyber liability

Did you know that the average business has a greater chance of having a cyber breach than it does of having a fire? It is true, and your business insurance policy most likely will not cover cyber liability losses. This new world of connected devices promises insights on which companies can base strategic decisions.

Economic uncertainty

The next few years will be a special time for most businesses. It will be important to understand how to design an insurance and risk plan that can respond to losses that allow your business to continue.

Supply Chain

Today’s complex business environment does not occur in a vacuum. Companies are interconnected networks with several internal and external stakeholders. As the business world grows more interconnected and dynamic, it’s critical that you have a thorough grasp of the risks to your day-to-day operations and are prepared to handle them. Business interruption losses can range from decreased sales to increased operating costs because of the loss of a crucial supplier to the loss of future revenue streams as a result of a disruptive incident.

New Work Environment

Agents and insurers may increase their relevance by providing specialized protections for remote workers and small home-based enterprises that reflect how people live and work today.

Final Thoughts

Businesses’ needs are not the same, and the insurance and risk solutions they are provided should match their individual risks. In order to ensure that the program that is tailored to each and every customer, agents should develop relationships and insurer analytics to better understand their customers’ risk exposures. Understanding the business’s needs and risks leads to a framework for providing better solutions to their customers.

 

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Why Are My Insurance Premiums Going Up, I Did Not Have A Claim?

It can be unpleasant to open your insurance bill to pay your premium, only to discover that your premium payments have increased upon renewal.  We know that most people who carry insurance policies on their homes, cars, and businesses may be unfamiliar with how insurance policies are developed and changed.  So, we thought we might help you understand the why.

Insurers base their policy prices on several variables.  These cost components fluctuate up and down.  Premiums are currently rising in many states.  Remember, insurance companies are competing for your business, so they try to keep their rates competitive.

To help us through the process, we wanted to break it down between home and auto insurance.

Home Insurance

  • The increased cost of construction materials and labor to repair or replace the damage to your home. Even though you did not have a claim, this impacts all insurance rates.
  • Storms and other natural disasters. Hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires, and other severe weather events have become more frequent, destructive, and costly. In 2021 alone, the United States sustained 20 weather events with losses exceeding $1 billion.
  • The older your home, the higher the insurance cost will be.
  • Lawsuit frequency has increased, and settlements are at an all-time high.
  • Supply chain in the production and delivery of appliances, materials, tools, and other key construction elements added to delays and cost hikes.

Auto Insurance 

  • Inflation hits the cost of buying and repairing vehicles.
  • Lawsuit frequency has increased, and settlements are at an all-time high.
  • After COVID, accident rates increased, causing insurers to pay more for claims.
  • Increased healthcare costs. Medical costs have increased for accident-related injuries.
  • Crime has caused more auto thefts and break-ins, affecting all drivers’ rates. There is a 20% increase nationally in stolen vehicles between 2020 and 2021.
  • Your driving record may be accident-free, but if you have tickets or other violations, these will impact your premiums.

Proven Ways To Help Keep Insurance Costs Down

  • Keep your home well maintained
  • Be a safe driver
  • Pay premiums annually
  • Ask about discounts offered by insurers
  • Bundle your home and auto together
  • Increase your deductibles
  • Have your agent review your insurance program and market your coverage the right insurer.

While the massive national agencies spend millions on television ads and offer barebones policies, they do not know you. When your needs change or your situation complicates, you don’t want an automated phone tree or cold cyber-agent. You want to talk to compassionate, honest insurance experts, close to home, right here in Beavercreek, OH – that’s our team. You shouldn’t have to spend hours researching and comparing policies. Let the specialists at Reichley guide you through the complex insurance industry.

Call today to alleviate the worry and get covered – (937) 429-0655.