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From the Editor

Big "I" Virtual University VUpoint Newsletter
Vol. 20, No. 19 - Issue #482 - September 13, 2019
Copyright  2019 by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, Inc.


Poetry!? I'm never quite sure where I stand on p
oetry. I appreciate how some of the classic poets creatively convey feelings and thoughts. But their use of similes and metaphors show a brilliance I don't possess.

But alas, I do not rent my heart in twain at my inexplicable dearth of instinctive verse. Rather I muddle on, muddle on, muddle on in my rhymeless disrepute until, bursting forth I shall one glorious, magical unimaginable day write something someone could give a hoot and holler about.

See how it kinda tapered off at the end? That's why my focus shall remain insurance. My writing doesn't fit into a college or high school literature class.

Sorry for chasing that rabbit. You know I run them from time to time. It keeps me entertained and you unsure what to expect. Let's turn our focus back to a synopsis of the current issue.

I am pleased to bring for the first time to the VU a post by attorney Gary L. Wickert. Wickert, an insurance trial lawyer and partner with the firm of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, SC., posted a very interesting article on his blog. I decided to not explain the content of his most recent blog; rather, I decided to simply present the title (it does a pretty good job of explaining the article), Even Monkeys Cannot Explain Why Companies Insist on Workers' Compensation Waivers of Subrogation Endorsements." Intrigued? You should be.

In two recent interviews I've been asked about autonomous vehicles. I haven't been asked about autonomous cars in over year, but suddenly it's cycling back around. Because of this resurgence of interest, I've posted an article on autonomous vehicles attempting to look into the future and guess how long before the US is completely autonomous and the legal problems along the way.

Our last article comes from a question I received from two sources, an agent and an insurance carrier. It was a rather ironic situation, the agent asked me the question one day and the carrier asked me the same question the next day. Turns out, the same agent asked the carrier and the carrier asked my opinion. I am always ready to help any and all sides of this industry. Anyway, the question I address revolves around banks requiring small business owners to title vehicles for the business in both the business name and the owner's name.

Buddy isn't spending as much time moping around my daughter's room. He has accepted the fact that she is away at college and that he's simply going to have to get used to his new meal schedule (basically, when I remember to feed him). Even though he's hungry, he's still on the job and dug up three good Ask an Expert question for us to review.

It's hard to believe that this weekend puts us mid-way through September. As we move quickly towards the end of 2019, remember what I tell you at the end of nearly every issue, the VU is here to serve and help you any way we can.

Chris Boggs
Executive Director, Big "I" Virtual University

​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
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fax: 703.683.7556

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