The 10 Best Industry Blogs

by Emily Holbrook on February 25, 2011 · 15 comments

Bloggin’ ain’t easy. Doing it well takes commitment, research, accuracy and regular postings. And, of course, a knack for writing. The staff of Risk Management has a few favorite blogs that we visit on a regular basis for their insight, knowledge and timeliness. The following are 10 of our favorite risk management and insurance blogs:

  1. The Call: Foreign Policy magazine’s blog posts are authored by Ian Bremmer, president of the global risk research and consulting firm Eurasia Group. The blog uses political science to analyze the future of politics and the global economy. When it comes to industry blogs, this one is my personal favorite.
  2. Terms + Conditions: The Insurance Information Institute’s blog covers current disasters, risks, laws, regulations and market conditions, among other topics. Claire Wilkinson, vice president for global issues at III, has done a great job of posting timely articles first thing in the morning, and it seems she’s been joined recently by James Lynch, a veteran insurance professional and blogger.
  3. Clear Risk: The company itself works with organizations to help improve their risk management techniques and the blog, managed by Craig Rowe, covers the various aspects of risk management and insurance in a well-organized and easy to read manner.
  4. Schneier on Security: Bruce Schneier, a security technologist and author, manages this blog, which focuses on security and security technology. He has testified on security before the United States Congress and has written articles for some of the worlds biggest publications. Schneier, an opinionated tech man, knows what he’s talking about — and it shows in every post.
  5. Workers’ Comp Kit Blog: This blog covers (you guessed it) everything relating to the world of workers’ comp. It acts as a discussion forum for employers to learn about workers’ comp cost containment, techniques and strategies. The blog is managed by Rebecca Shafer, and attorney and risk consultant, and features posts by more than 30 other professionals. Though the format of the blog can be somewhat distracting (ads galore), the content is useful.
  6. GC Capital Ideas: The website, a part of reinsurance intermediary Guy Carpenter, refers to itself as more of a platform from which it disseminates information that has been published through reports, briefings and bylined articles. I refer to it as a blog and its information is has proved valuable to our team on more than one occasion.
  7. Calculated Risk: This blog offers a sophisticated analysis of economic data, from consumer sentiment to the mortgage and housing industry to the banking industry. Managed by Bill McBride, a full-time blogger with a background in finance and economics, Calculated Risk proves successful at turning complicated technical data into useful information for the masses. McBride publishes several posts per day.
  8. Political Risk Explored: Brian Hasbrouck, a man with a serious interest in the international political economy, manages this blog. PRE’s short and sweet posts pull from other publications or reports that the blog’s readers may have never come across on their own. The blog’s simple format makes it easy to navigate and read and the Twitter feed embedded on the right-hand side is an added bonus.
  9. Product Liability Monitor: This blog was created by attorneys in the Weil product liability practice and discusses key trends, developments and events that have shaped and are shaping the product liability landscape. The blog’s clean format is something to be imitated.
  10. The FCPA Blog: Its simple name leaves no guesses as to what it covers — news and views about the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Managed by Richard Cassin, the multiple daily posts gives readers a grim reminder of the oft-corrupt corporate world and analysis of the FCPA’s actions.

If you think we have left off an important blog related to the industry, please let us know in the comments section below.

Emily Holbrook is the executive managing editor for National Underwriter Life & Health and the former editor of the Risk Management Monitor and Risk Management magazine. You can read more of her writings at EmilyHolbrook.com.

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Andrew Sprung February 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Kevin LaCroix’s D&O diary is a great source of information on litigation trends as well as D&O coverage disputes and issues . http://www.dandodiary.com/

Marc Lanzkowsky March 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Please take a look and consider The Claims SPOT – http://www.theclaimsspot.com

Emily Holbrook March 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

Thanks Andrew and Marc for your suggestions — great sites as well. We will keep them in consideration for our next posting on this topic.

Mark Walls March 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

Although not technically a blog, I urge you to check out the Work Comp Analysis Group on LinkedIn. Over 8000 industry professionals discuss a wide variety of issues. It is very educational and informative.
You must be a member of LinkedIn, which is free to join.
Here is the link for the group.
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=1328307&trk=anet_ug_grppro

Graham Marshall April 4, 2011 at 8:00 am

Hello Folks, I’d ask that you review my own blog whch looks at health, safety and environment (EHS) risk issues – with a focus on HSE risk in the oil and gas indstry. Here is the link to the blog: http://www.therisktoolboxshop.com/_blog/The_Risk_Management_Tool_Box_Blog

cheers, Graham

Insurance & Risk Management Consulting Bay Area July 4, 2011 at 1:43 am

Although not technically a blog, I urge you to check out the Work Comp Analysis Group on LinkedIn. Over 8000 industry professionals discuss a wide variety of issues. It is very educational and informative.

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Michael Arbow August 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

RSD Solutions, a risk management consultancy, training and research firm has been blogging on and off for about 3 years but over the last 6 months has made a concerted effort to blog 6 days a week. What I find differentiates our blogs for other risk blogs is that they are relatively short, have contributors with various backgrounds and subject preferences and finally they tend to be more geared to making you ponder risk and the readers views of it. Risk subjects are as diverse as risk management on Valentines Day to lemonade stands to swaps to the philosophy and purpose of risk management itself. We like to think of our blog as a “Thought for the day”.

Hope you enjoy it. And finally, to see our blog check out the link:
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Portfolio Management December 10, 2011 at 7:14 am

really very knowledgeable blogs

Colin Baird December 30, 2011 at 4:39 am

Please look into Taking Control Of Your Workers Compensation Program at http://privateequityriskmanagers.blogspot.com/

We like the blog, it has useful tools and information for consumers, brokers, and other workers compensation professionals.

Steven Wilmes May 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Okay, here’s one that deals specifically with school districts in California. Great an in-depth information. http://www.runtherisk.info

Mike Anderson September 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

An up and coming blog on all contingency planning matters can be found at:

thecontinuitylounge.blogspot.ca

The writer is new to the blogosphere but is enduring to make this the place to go for contingency planners of all stripes.

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Amanda April 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Please take a look at http://wcwblog.com/ Red’s blog has been added to Work Comp Analysis Group rss feed. He is also the co-founder of COMPMinder. The only software to allow employers to submit, monitor and track the first report of injury throughout the entire workers’ compensation process. All claims are submitted and tracked through their local agent’s website making agent’s the heros!

Sarah Browski October 21, 2013 at 8:10 am

Clear Risk is one of the interesting blog i use to read. One of my favorite among their blog is http://www.clearrisk.com/risk-management-blog/bid/60046/Top-10-Retail-Risk-Management-Tips .KPMG is another one which i rely on acquiring informative contents. Check out the one about consulting strategy and operations http://www.kpmg.com/Ca/en/services/Advisory/PerformanceTechnology/Pages/BusinessEffectiveness.aspx is

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