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RIMS Praises New York Insurance Department Broker Compensation Regulation 2/6/2009


The Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) commends the New York State Insurance Department for issuing a proposed regulation requiring complete written disclosure of compensation arrangements in the insurance purchasing transaction.

While the proposal falls short of a flat-out prohibition of contingent fees for all insurance producers and maintains the two-tier system, RIMS views the regulation as a step forward in ensuring complete transparency in the process. Complete disclosure of compensation arrangements goes a long way towards promoting transparency and re-establishing trust between the broker and consumer, while also providing the consumer with sufficient information to evaluate potential conflicts of interest in the placement of insurance policies.

However, RIMS believes that this is only a first step toward complete transparency as contingency fees continue to present an inherent conflict of interest between the broker and the insurance purchaser. RIMS reaffirms its position that contingency fees should be broadly prohibited. The Society looks forward to working with the New York Insurance Department on the issue going forward.

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About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to advancing the practice of risk management, RIMS, the Risk Management Society™, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS brings networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 11,000 risk management professionals located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit


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Josh Salter, RIMS communications manager, (212) 655-6059 or


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