I.I.I. Launches New Online Bookstore

Consumers Now Have Opportunity to Get Latest Books/Brochures on Insurance

Contact: Press Offices
New York: 212-346-5500; media@iii.org
Washington, D.C.: 202-833-1580

NEW YORK, February 20, 2008 - The Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) has launched its new online bookstore for the general public.

The I.I.I. Store has a growing inventory of titles, which includes the new 2008 Insurance Fact Book, the almanac of the insurance industry with thousands of facts, figures, tables and graphs designed for quick and easy reference. The Fact Book includes the dollars and cents of the business, factors affecting costs (including major catastrophes), losses by category, laws affecting motorists and premiums by line and by state. The 2008 edition includes new statistics on life insurance investments and expanded information on auto and home insurance claims as well as a new financial terms glossary.

"We are delighted to offer an additional resource for the public to discover the value of insurance information," said Dr. Robert Hartwig, CPCU, president of the I.I.I. "The new I.I.I. Store reinforces our mission to provide information on insurance - what it is and how it works."

Also available through the virtual store is the 2008 Financial Services Fact Book, a unique and comprehensive guide with more than 350 graphs and charts on insurance, banking, securities, mortgage financing and financial services as a whole. Published jointly with The Financial Services Roundtable, this book reflects developments shaping the financial services sectors. This year's book highlights a host of new trends, from the growth of retirement assets to developments on the mortgage and housing markets.

Other books available include the Insurance Handbook for Reporters, a journalist's guide to the insurance industry, providing concise explanations of auto, home, life, disability and business insurance;
Reinsurance Fundamentals, which explains the rudiments of the reinsurance business, including facultative reinsurance, constructing catastrophe and liability reinsurance programs, loss development and the role of the intermediary, as well as the different markets.

The store also has available the Insurance Daily, a newsletter that keeps thousands of readers up-to-date on important events, issues and trends in the insurance industry each business morning; the Web-based International Fact Book, which provides facts and statistics on the property/casualty and life insurance industries of dozens of countries; the award-winning Know Your Stuff Home Inventory Software; the My Financial House - Personal Finance Software; as well as brochures including: 12 Ways to Lower Your Homeowners Insurance Costs, 9 Ways to Lower Your Auto Insurance Costs, How to File an Insurance Claim, Insuring Your Business Against a Catastrophe and Surviving Severe Cold Weather.

You can order publications through the bookstore online at /media/publications/ , by phone by calling 212-346-5500 or 800-331-9146, by email at publications@iii.org or by mail to the Insurance Information Institute 110 William Street, 24th Floor New York, NY 10038.

For information about insurance, go to the I.I.I. Web site.

The I.I.I. is a nonprofit, communications organization supported by the insurance industry.

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