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.

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.

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.

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.

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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