Tips for Insurance Industry Research
Before you start researching in the insurance industry, be aware that most information is focused on one of the major lines of insurance:
It is also often broken down between personal or commercial. Although some insurance carriers and industry reports cover all lines, your search results will be more successful once you specify which line you are interested in.
For more information on common industry terms, a good place to start is David G. Sayles Insurance Services Dictionary of Insurance Terms.
And if you think insurance is all about actuarial tables and claims rates... check out University of Connecticut Law Library's collection of insurance fiction (scroll down the page about half way)!
Database Search Tips
- For recent news on the insurance industry: Factiva
Expand the Industry tab by "Select Sources and Factiva Intelligent Indexing." Search insurance to select from the variety of insurance lines available, ranging from “pet insurance” to “catastrophe reinsurance.”
- Most key insurance publications are included in ABI/Inform Complete
Good subjects to search are:
Insurance company ratings
- For industry backgrounders on various types of insurance, check out First Research
When you search by keyword "insurance" - you'll see subcategories available including life, heath, auto, and commercial.
III offers frequently updated overviews of 'hot topics' in the insurance industry. The Media section has several sections including hot topics, issues updates, financial data, and other studies.