Monday, October 23, 2017

Underwriting: Battle of the Superheroes

By Lisa Morris, VP of Underwriting and Development at Partners Advantage

As an advocate for the client and agent, many times I’ve been faced with that old inquiry, “Can they qualify for preferred at another carrier?” My answer has always been….it depends. Just as underwriters are different, rates at carriers are even more different. What it all boils down to is, “Do you want to pay less or be called something different?” Often times, an agent/producer will inquire about a rate class before running an illustration to determine if that new rate class will result in an improved premium. Essentially, applicants want the best rate or most bang for their buck, and being called a better assessment doesn’t always meet that requirement as Carrier A at standard may end up being cheaper than preferred at Carrier B. So my advice is to always run the illustration and have that conversation with your client. If initially they wanted to be Superman, they may just realize that being Batman has its perks as well. 

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility!

Do you have an underwriter with experience on your side? Partners Advantage can help. Contact Lisa “Lee” Morris at 888-251-5525, Ext. 199 or email

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