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Under Trump, U.S. is sicker

Let’s revisit Ronald Reagan’s “Are you better off now than four years ago?” question, zooming in on health. President Donald Trump, take a reverse-bow. You...
A NEW STUDY concluded that companies unprepared for storm damage, such as that delivered during the 2012 landfall of Sandy in Westerly, lost 5% of their market capitalization over the year after the storm, / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Study: Hurricanes depress firms’ market caps

  JOHNSTON – A new study commissioned by FM Global links hurricane damage to a loss in enterprise value. Dozens of large, publicly traded companies that...
A BIG BREAK: The 2017 federal tax overhaul helped many small businesses save thousands of dollars in government payments, including insurance agency Butler & Messier in Pawtucket. Susan Casimiro, left, account manager, converses with Bruce Messier, vice president of sales.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

The 2017 federal tax overhaul helps small businesses too

Say what you will about President Donald Trump, the folks who run Butler & Messier Insurance don’t have any qualms. They estimate that the federal...
STARKWEATHER & SHEPLEY Chairman and CEO Larry Keefe said the Revens-Gates insurance firm had been on his firm's potential acquisitions list for a while. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Starkweather & Shepley acquires North Kingstown insurance brokerage

EAST PROVIDENCE – Already in growth mode, Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. just got a little bigger. The firm announced Wednesday that it has...

FM Global employees improve their well-being by helping communities

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2019 2,000-4,999 EMPLOYEES #4: FM Global CEO (or equivalent): Thomas A. Lawson, CEO, president and chairman Number of employees: 3,767 MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY...
EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION COSTS for employers in New England were $41.13 per hour in March, higher than both nationwide employer costs and Northeast employer costs for the month. / COURTESY BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

N.E. hourly compensation costs in March were $41.13

PROVIDENCE – Private employer compensation costs were $41.13 per hour in New England in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics this...
HAIL DAMAGE COSTS in the United States have elevated significantly since 2008. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

FM Global and others identify increasing hail damage costs since 2008

BOSTON – In 2008, the year the stock market crashed and Barack Obama won the presidency, the United States was hit with a weather...
MODEL EMPLOYEES: Staff members at The Hilb Group of New England show off their gaudy holiday sweaters.
 / COURTESY THE HILB GROUP OF NEW ENGLAND

The Hilb Group of New England LLC

Best Places to Work 2019 | MIDSIZE COMPANIES (50-149 employees): 17. The Hilb Group of New England LLC What modifications have you made to...
STRIKE A POSE: Members of the Narragansett Bay Insurance Co. service teams gather for a photograph.
 / COURTESY NARRAGANSETT BAY INSURANCE CO.

Narragansett Bay Insurance Co.

Best Places to Work 2019 | MIDSIZE COMPANIES (50-149 employees): 13. Narragansett Bay Insurance Co. How would you describe the culture of your workplace?...
THE WHEEL DEAL: Members of the Starkweather & Shepley staff participate in the 2018 Bike MS: Ride the Rhode fundraiser in South Kingstown.
 / COURTESY STARKWEATHER & SHEPLEY INSURANCE

Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc.

Best Places to Work 2019 | MIDSIZE COMPANIES (50-149 employees): 8. Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. What three words best describe your staff? Passionate,...
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