The Andrew Agency takes pride in the insurance services we provide to you, our client, for insurance brokerage. We are often asked how we get paid. For our efforts we are compensated in a variety of ways, primarily in the form of commissions and contingency amounts paid by insurance companies. The means by which we are compensated are described below.
- Commission Income – Commission, normally calculated as a percentage of the premium paid to the insurer for the specific policy, is paid to us by the insurer for the distribution and servicing of your insurance policy. Our commission is included in the premium paid by you.
- Contingency Income – We also receive income through contingency arrangements with most insurers. They are called “contingent” because to qualify for payment we normally need to meet certain criteria, usually measured on an annual basis. Contingency arrangements vary, but payment under these agreements is normally the result of growing the business by attracting new customers, helping the insurance company gather and assess underwriting information, achieving certain loss or claims results and/or working to renew the policies of existing insureds. There is generally no meaningful method to determine the exact impact that any particular insurance policy has on contingency arrangements; however, brokers tend to receive higher contingency payments when they grow their business and retain clients through better service. In other words, the amount of earned contingency income depends on the overall size and/or profitability of a group of accounts, as opposed to the placement or profitability of any particular insurance policy.
- Supplemental Commissions – Some insurance companies have recently replaced contingent commissions with supplemental commissions. These commissions, in fixed amounts, are established annually in advance based on historical performance measured by criteria comparable to those by which contingent commissions are calculated.
Our goal is to be your insurance brokerage of choice. We know you have many brokerages to choose from, so to earn your confidence, we hold ourselves to the highest standard of service. You should also feel free to visit our website at www.theandrewagency.com for more information regarding The Andrew Agency and how we do business.
Please also feel free to ask any questions about our compensation generally, or as to your specific insurance proposal or placement, by contacting us at (804) 320-2886.