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A prefix meaning with or together. A slang abbreviation for confidence, as in con man or con game. To con someone is to deceive or take advantage of a person through Fraud or trickery after winning the person's confidence. Con is also used as a slang abbreviation for convict, as in ex-con to mean someone previously incarcerated. An abbreviation for contra, which means against. To show the pros and cons of a particular issue means to present arguments or evidence on both sides.

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In fact, based on nearly all of its financial metrics, Conning found that the collective performance of the recently demutualized insurers lagged that of the other life 'universes' we examined," said Michael Weinstein, Director of Research, Conning Research & Consulting.
In this transaction, Conning acquired 400,000 investment units from NYMAGIC, each unit consisting of one share of NYMAGIC common stock and an option to purchase an additional NYMAGIC common share.
A 2001 Conning study, "Life Insurance Environment - Key Challenges Facing the Industry," described the effects of financial services convergence and intensified competition on life insurers.
The long-term outlook for the industry is bleak if sales are driven by surrenders," said Elvin Turner, Vice President at Conning and author of the study.
When CRM fails, most of the time it's not because of the technology; rather it's because of corporate culture, a failure to identify customers' needs up front, and lack of a rigorous organizational assessment," said Clarence Smith, Assistant Vice President of Conning & Company and author of the study.
If you had told me a decade ago that traditional life insurers would be wooing the wire houses and banks as principal distribution channels, I would have said you're crazy," said George McKeon, Assistant Vice President at Conning and author of the study.
According to the Conning study, "Insurance Scoring in Personal Automobile Insurance: Breaking the Silence," 92% of the respondents to Conning's survey of the 100 largest personal automobile insurers use credit data in underwriting new business.
From 1992-1997 medical malpractice insurers aggressively took down reserves to increase their investment portfolios," said Geri Riley, assistant vice president at Conning and author of the study.
Insurers cannot raise rates because the term life market is extremely price sensitive and not every insurer is playing on an even field as it relates to Regulation XXX," said Elvin Turner, vice president at Conning and author of the study.
Failure to detect' litigation is imposing a huge burden on the medical malpractice industry," said Geri Riley, Vice President at Conning and Company and author of the study.
A lot of the major workers' compensation insurers are not going to write new business unless the price is right for them," explained Geri Riley, Assistant Vice President at Conning & Company and author of the study.
Conning Capital Partners led the financing and invested $7 million.