Ward Group Study on Underwriting and Policy Management Best Practices Now Underway

February 15, 2011 – CINCINNATI – Ward Group®, a consulting firm specializing in the insurance industry, is conducting a comprehensive research study to evaluate underwriting and policy management practices at property-casualty insurance companies.

Sponsored by Guidewire Software®, a leading provider of flexible core systems to property-casualty insurers, the study will provide benchmarking and best practices information to help companies compare the performance of their underwriting and policy processing operation to those of their peers. The comprehensive analysis will probe the underwriting strategies used by top carriers, evaluate drivers of underwriting profitability and investigate the processing and service activities that lead to better underwriting results.

“Company leaders want information to help them streamline processes and uncover ways to improve the top line and bottom line, particularly in underwriting,” said Quin Netzel, Director of Ward Group. “The Underwriting and Policy Management study will provide valuable insight into how underwriting tactics and strategies correlate to company results and profitability.” There is no fee to participate in the survey. Participants receive a complimentary report of their individual company results compared to benchmark peers. Separate benchmarks will be provided for personal and commercial lines. Ward Group is the sole recipient of individual company results. All individual company results are confidential and will not be distributed to a third party.

The deadline to submit the completed survey is March 24, 2011. Property-casualty insurance companies interested in participating should contact Matt Ryan or call 513-746-2436.

About Ward Group

Ward Group® is the leading provider of benchmarking and best practices research studies for insurance companies. The firm analyzes staff levels, business practices and expenses for all areas of insurance company operations to help companies measure results, optimize performance and be more profitable. Since 1991, Ward Group has worked with over 300 insurance companies throughout North America. Our in-depth, apples-to-apples benchmarking and accumulated data serve as the lifeblood of every project we undertake. Our professional staff is uniquely qualified to assist clients in achieving their expense and operational goals. The insurance industry today faces tremendous challenges. In order to remain competitive in this environment, insurance companies look to Ward Group for trusted peer group intelligence, and knowledge for developing an actionable plan for performance improvement. www.wardinc.com