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NAIC's Credit Scoring Working Group will "fast track" a review of credit scoring by insurers for rating purposes; Financial services spending on XML-related technologies and Web services forecasts from ZapThink; DriverShield CRM Corp. will provide Bankers Insurance Company of Florida with its DriverShield's CRM program...

Great American Insurance (Cincinnati) has revamped its Bond Division site,, adding new features such as an application for independent insurance agents wanting to offer Great American bond products, and functionality enabling purchase of selected bond products online. Other enhancements include a glossary of bond terms and links to bond resources.

Farmers FastQuote was launched this week in California by Farmers Insurance Group of Companies (Los Angeles). First piloted in Colorado this past August, FastQuote enables consumers to go online at and receive a free quote on their auto insurance. Approximately 200,000 customers have used Farmers FastQuote since its inception.

The Certified Professional Insurance Agents (CPIA, Richmond, VA) Society has recognized Selective Insurance Group (Branchville, NJ) as CPIA's 2002 "Company Partner of the Year" for its "One & Done" Web-based business system.

Prudential Financial (Newark, NJ) has made online account access and management capabilities available for group universal life and group variable life participants. Participants will be able to view account information, designate beneficiaries, change coverage and side-fund contribution amounts, and request withdrawals and loans online. Group variable universal life participants may also transfer dollars among any plan investment options.

Anthony O'Donnell has covered technology in the insurance industry since 2000, when he joined the editorial staff of Insurance & Technology. As an editor and reporter for I&T and the InformationWeek Financial Services of TechWeb he has written on all areas of information ... View Full Bio

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