From the category archives:


Iowa State University economist Bruce Babcock discusses the perverse incentives, taxpayer waste, and environmental harm caused by federally subsidized crop insurance.

J. Stephen Zielezienski, general counsel of the American Insurance Association, discusses the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s final rules for selecting systemically important financial institutions.

C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann talks with Dan Siemann of the National Wildlife Federation about NWF’s suit seeking to halt new flood insurance policies in certain areas of the Puget Sound.

In an exclusive interview, Lousiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon breaks the news that the state’s wind pool will have to give up its fight against a $100 million policyholder judgment.

C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann provides updates on the Federal Insurance Office’s delayed report, claims taxpayers could “profit” on the AIG bailout and Mitt Romney’s support of the “beach house bailout.”

C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann talks with equity analyst Randy Binner about MetLife’s failing grade in the Federal Reserve Board’s recent stress tests, and why the Fed apparently doesn’t understand insurance.

C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann talks with Robert Detlefsen of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, about the recently completed NAIC meetings in New Orleans.

C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann talks with Heartland President Joseph Bast about the dismal track record of publicly financed sports stadiums, and why more fan-owned teams could be part of the solution.

C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann talks with J. Robert Hunter of the Consumer Federation of America about overcapitalization of the P&C industry and the shift of weather catastrophe risks onto consumers and taxpayers.

Debra Ballen of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety discusses a recent IBHS study of building codes in 18 coastal states.