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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Memory of the Month: Winter wonderland

SnowyHQEach month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.


GEICO was the first auto insurance company in the nation to offer around-the-clock telephone service, which we pioneered in 1981. Ever since then, you can call us at any time of the day or night, weekends and holidays, and you’ll be able to talk to a real live human about buying a policy, adding or removing a vehicle from your policy, or reporting a claim.


Of course, that means we need our associates to get to the office regardless of the weather if they can do so safely. Here’s a typical winter scene from a couple of decades ago at the corporate headquarters; associates trekking toward the building from the snowy parking lot so we can provide the service we promise.


I’ve always rather enjoyed that challenge, even though I wound up spending the night at the office a couple of years ago when I got my car stuck in the snow while trying to go home after work. My wife wasn’t too happy about that, but I had the best commuting story in the office the next day!


So let it snow! We’ll be here if you need us!


Share your snow stories with us in the comments.






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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Camels return to the spotlight in GEICO’s latest “It’s What You Do” commercial

Camels around the country have become busy celebrities since GEICO’s “Hump Day” commercial aired more than a year ago, but they’ve had to put up with a lot of tomfoolery in the process. In the latest “It’s What You Do” commercial, meet a couple of camels who have found that there’s a price to pay for their stardom.


These days, if you’re a camel, you have to be patient and tolerant. It’s what they do …







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Monday, December 22, 2014

From GEICO to you: a feast for your ears

It’s that wonderful time of year where seasonal music starts taking over the radio airwaves. I joined in all the reindeer games and compiled a very eclectic mix of holiday joy for your ears. Enjoy!







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Friday, December 19, 2014

Spread holiday cheer without draining your bank account

Homemade GiftsThe holidays are upon us – time to spread our joy…and open our wallets. Thinking of the amount of money that will be coming out of my bank account gives me some anxiety. But not much, because I am fabulous on a budget and ‘tis the season to save. Read on for some glad tidings of savings and more.


I am girl who loves technology, so I stay on top of the latest and greatest apps, websites and toys. When I found out about the Christmas Gift List app and Honey (Google Chrome extension), I was jumping with holiday joy.


Christmas Gift List helps me stay organized and on budget as I contemplate holiday gifts. Set a gift budget for each person and mark the gift as purchased as you do your shopping! This app is Android-based, but there are similar apps for all mobile operating systems.


Calling all online shoppers! Have you heard of Honey? Install this extension to your chrome browser and it will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart. This service is a holiday miracle. I could spend a lot of time trying to find coupon codes on various sites, but Honey saves me that time! #SAVING


My favorite way to save money, though, is to get my craft on! Sites like Pinterest and Buzzfeed will help bring your inner elf out. (Warning: It can be a challenge to tear yourself away from these sites/apps and actually do the work.) If you can make the same gift for several people, you can save a little more. You can buy your material in bulk at your local wholesaler (i.e., Costco). Here are some of my favorite crafting gift ideas:



  • Personalized CDs for your friends.

  • I love to make my own “best of” edible items: Everyone loves some yummy holiday snacks or sweets, so whip up your favorite batch of cookies or snack mix, and share with your friends and family.

  • Goodness in a jar: Mason jars are quite popular right now, and using a mason jar to hold the ingredients to cookies, drinks or a family recipe. You can decorate the jar and include the recipe for the goodie inside for a wonderful and inexpensive gift.

  • Gift kits: These can be inexpensive and witty. Select a theme and two or three items that go with it. Decorate the package and add a printable label to give it your personal touch.

  • Homemade decorative mug/cup: Bring out your inner artist and make a custom print coffee mug. Buy a plain mug in a single color and decorate it with porcelain paint pens. Simply bake the mug and, just like that, you have a unique gift for someone special.

  • Homemade candles: Candles are a simple gift that everyone uses; choose from the many scents available, or you can even make your own unique fragrance.

  • Candleholder: If you want a gift that will last longer that a wick, you can make a decorative candleholder. You can decorate a holder using a process similar to the one for a ceramic mug or make your candle in a mason jar.

  • Hand-warmers: To warm a person’s heart, start with their hands. This craft does require a little sewing, but that lets you have fun with the shape of the warmer. You take two pieces of fabric, such as flannel, and sew them together with a gap so you can add flax seed, rice, barley or hulled corn inside and then finish stitching the warmer up.

  • Homemade ornaments: These can be made by people of all ages and for anyone, so they make a great family project. Simple and priceless, and any number of designs can work.


The possibilities of homemade gifts are endless. You can find these ideas and many more, as well as other holiday saving tips and free printable labels, on the ‘Tis the season to save Pinterest board: http://ift.tt/1r7XnNn


Enjoy the season!






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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Protecting your identity: the holiday gift that keeps on giving

identity protectionMost of us will go about our annual routine this holiday season, looking to buy that perfect gift for our loved ones, oblivious to some of the potential threats we face. For example, did you know that each time you use your credit, debit or store card, you leave behind a trail of information for companies (let’s call them Big Brother) looking to capture, warehouse and sell consumers’ personal information to the highest bidder?


Big Brother collects and sells your personal information for a profit without your consent. Sounds fishy, but it’s definitely legal and it’s not stealing by any means – and it’s a big business. And as your precious personal information is passed along from point A to point B (and C and D), all without your knowledge, it is susceptible to data breaches, as we have seen happen on so many occasions in recent years. Once that happens, your information has been compromised, and you don’t have a clue who has access to it.


How do companies get your information? Remember when you signed up for the store credit card to receive 10 percent off your purchase? You thought it was a good deal at the time, didn’t you? Companies also use clever in-store marketing promotions to gather information on customers.


Every purchase you make with a credit, debit or store card provides valuable data that information brokers can use like pieces of a puzzle to build a profile of you. Once they think they have you tabbed as a member of a specific demographic, they will then try to sell you products and services based on your past purchases. So the next time you receive an email promotion saving you 25 percent off of those skinny jeans that you like so much, now you know why.


You can’t always avoid using a card for big purchases, but if you want to minimize Big Brother’s opportunities, use cash when you can. And you might not want to sign up for any in-store promotions where they ask you to share your personal information.


Big Brother’s tactics may be legal, but crooks are also on the lookout for opportunities to take advantage of you. That’s not a strictly a seasonal phenomenon, but the more shopping you do, the more care you need to take when using credit cards.


You can’t eliminate all of these risks, but you don’t have to face them alone, either. Consider identity theft protection services, which can help monitor your financial accounts, credit reports and personal information, and restore your identity if you do become a victim.






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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Allstate Announces New Leadership Structure to Enhance Customer-Focused Strategy

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced organizational and leadership changes to align with its customer-focused strategy, improve operational effectiveness and leverage management talent.


"These changes will help us build the next-generation corporation which delivers strong business results as a purpose-driven organization that improves the lives of people and communities," said Thomas J. Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Allstate Corporation. "We will better serve customers, accelerate innovation and continue to set the pace of change for the competition."


The following changes are effective January 5, 2015:


Matt Winter Named Allstate President


Matt Winter is being promoted to president of The Allstate Corporation and chief executive officer of Allstate Life Insurance Company, from his current role as president, Allstate Personal Lines. Winter retains responsibility for the Allstate branded property-casualty business and will integrate Allstate’s life insurance operations into Allstate Personal Lines. He will continue to report to Wilson, who remains chairman and chief executive officer. Winter joined Allstate in 2009 as president and CEO of Allstate Financial and has held senior leadership positions with American International Group, Massachusetts Mutual Life and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.


"Matt is an exceptional leader. He has been a key to our success in positioning Allstate agencies for profitable growth," Wilson said. "I’m excited about the opportunity to continue working together to further improve our competitive position."


To better serve customers, Allstate brand distribution will be organized to enhance the trusted advisor role of Allstate agencies. Western Territory President James A. Haskins will be promoted to executive vice president, Allstate Brand Distribution. Haskins has more than two decades of transformational leadership in the insurance industry. To modernize the operating model, a number of operating activities will be consolidated into one unit, which will be led by Jim DeVries as executive vice president, Allstate Brand Operations. DeVries has successfully led many organizational changes and is currently Allstate’s chief administrative officer.


"I am grateful to be a part of Allstate’s longstanding tradition of providing customers the best overall value in the marketplace through the finest agency system in the industry," Winter said. "And I am excited to partner with Tom and the rest of our associates in that mission."


Emerging Businesses


Businesses that serve multiple customer segments and markets will make up the Emerging Businesses organization, which will be led by Don Civgin as president, Emerging Businesses, reporting to Wilson. This organization will include Business-to-Business, Esurance, Answer Financial, annuities and the company’s connected car initiatives. The Business-to-Business organization includes Encompass, Ivantage, Allstate Dealer Services, Allstate Business Insurance, Allstate Roadside Services and Allstate Benefits, and will continue to be successfully led by Kathy Mabe. Civgin is currently president and chief executive officer of Allstate Financial and oversees Esurance. He previously was Allstate’s chief financial officer.


"Allstate has a vast array of growth opportunities, in addition to those available through Allstate agencies. Leveraging their combined strength while maintaining highly focused independent operations will best meet the needs of customers and shareholders," said Wilson.


Enterprise Technology and Strategic Ventures


Suren Gupta, executive vice president, Allstate Technology & Operations, will take on the role of executive vice president, Enterprise Technology and Strategic Ventures. He will lead the global technology organization and oversee Allstate’s investments in companies that advance its technology-driven customer-focused strategy. Gupta will continue reporting to Wilson.


Harriet Harty to Lead Human Resources


Harriet Harty is being promoted to executive vice president, Human Resources, reporting to Tom Wilson. She has had great success in a wide range of responsibilities within Human Resources in nearly 20 years with Allstate.


The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday sweaters, cookies and gingerbread houses keep us cozy

cookiesThe holidays are full of traditions and, here at GEICO headquarters in Washington, D.C., my corporate communications colleagues and I recently renewed ours: a cookie throwdown. With 18 different cookies to sample and vote on, everyone left with a sugar buzz, a smile and a bag full of cookies to take home.


Chocolate peppermint cookies, almond bars, peanut butter kiss cookies, shortbread and many more varieties covered the table with deliciousness! One crafty baker entered four different types of cookies to up his odds of capturing top honors – to no avail, as it turned out! Sorry, Willie!


Wasting no time trying out GEICO blogger Rachel’s cookie recipe, public relations director Chris took home the grand prize in the taste test with the chocolate snowball cookies!


Some of my colleagues even donned festive sweaters. Robin, Willie and Karen (pictured) really captured the holiday spirit, don’t you think! Which holiday sweater is your favorite?


Gingerbread HouseWe were pretty proud of ourselves until we heard about the pricing and product management department’s gingerbread house competition. The beautiful, intricate confections looked too good to eat. They weren’t, but the amazing gingerbread model of our office building you see here survived – so far!


What are your favorite holiday traditions?






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Commercial Insurance Chief Product Officer Tracy Ryan named among Business Insurance’s 2014 Women to Watch

Tracy Ryan, Liberty Mutual’s Chief Product Officer for its Commercial Insurance business unit, has been selected by Business Insurance magazine as one of its 2014 Women to Watch.



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Monday, December 15, 2014

Timothy Zepnick Named Regional VP for Liberty Mutual’s Upper Midwest Business Insurance Operation

Mr. Timothy Zepnick has been appointed Regional Vice President for Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Upper Midwest region within the company’s Business Insurance operation.



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Giving Tuesday, GEICO style: Recycled Ride eases single mother’s hardships

By guest blogger Michael Young, public relations


RecycledRideI hope you all survived this year’s post-Thanksgiving shopping bonanza. Maybe, like me, you even brought home a couple of sweet Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. But let’s toss aside the shopping for now and focus on what I call the crown jewel in this string of days: Giving Tuesday.


GEICO stepped up on Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), providing a restored ride to a family in need in the Greater Seattle Area. This donation was made possible through our partnership with Recycled Rides, a program launched by the National Auto Body Council that completely restores totaled vehicles for families who are in dire need of reliable transportation.


Alicia Stout, a single mother of three children with special needs, received a fully refurbished 2010 Ford Edge from Recycled Rides at GEICO’s office in Renton, Washington. Stout, who until recently was homeless, often had to take up to seven buses in a day to go to work, buy groceries and take her kids to appointments.


Stout said receiving the Ford Edge was the best early Christmas present ever. “It’s unspeakable; I don’t have words,” she said of the generosity. “I just say thank you to God and everybody involved who helped to make it happen.”


I’m a relatively new GEICO associate, and it’s inspiring to see my employer work alongside other companies to make a profound impact in somebody’s life. It also reminds me not to take it for granted that I can pick up the keys, hop in the car and drive off on my merry way.






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Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Basketball Legend Magic Johnson to Headline TD Ameritrade Institutional's National RIA Conference

TD Ameritrade Reports Monthly Metrics

Monday, December 8, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Delicious desserts make for a sweet holiday season

ChocSnowballsThe holidays are a wonderful time to spend with your family and friends, and if you’re like me, your favorite way to spend that time is beside a warm fire with hot cocoa in one hand and your favorite holiday dessert in the other. So, if you haven’t nailed down your holiday dessert list yet, here are a few of my favorites that you might want to add:


Pumpkin pie – This might be the first dessert that comes to mind when thinking about the holidays. Try this recipe during the holiday season, you’ll be sure to accumulate a few more fans of your baking.


Red velvet cupcakes – Cupcakes might not be a traditional dessert for the holidays, but they sure are delightful – especially red velvet cupcakes. These light and fluffy desserts are sure to be a winner at the family gathering, and I have found a wonderful recipe for you to use.


Chocolate snowball cookies – One of my all-time favorites to make during the holidays, these treats go well with the winter weather outside. These cookies please the eyes with their pretty crackled snowy tops and fudge peeking out from underneath – and they’re delicious! Check out this recipe; your guests will be awed by your baking skills.


No matter what desserts you choose to have during the holiday season, we hope you have a wonderful time enjoying them with family and friends. Happy holidays everyone!






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TD Ameritrade Institutional Technology Tops Financial Planning's Advisor Satisfaction Survey for Third Straight Year

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Allstate to Join Consortium Researching Benefits of Using Drones

Insurer hopes to use drones to improve customer experience with property claims, especially after catastrophes

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In an effort to learn more about how unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, can improve the property claims process, Allstate Insurance Company will join a consortium dedicated to the research and development of drones.


Drones used for property insurance can potentially create much faster inspections of homes both for underwriting and claims adjustment. Ultimately, drones used in the claims process could provide faster payments to customers, especially in an area where widespread damage occurs quickly.


In the event of a catastrophe, for example, where physical access to a neighborhood might be restricted by local authorities, a drone could potentially help claims professionals serve customers in spite of those restrictions. Ongoing weather could also affect physical inspections of property where a drone might be able to work without any delay.


"We still have a lot of work to do before introducing drones into our property claims service, but the potential for their use could change the industry in a big way," says Allstate’s Claims Vice President Shawn Broadfield. "Continuing this research puts us on the leading edge of product and service innovation in our industry and beyond."


Allstate and several other companies, including commercial roofing groups, shingle manufacturers and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), were invited to join a property drone consortium by EagleView Technology Corporation, a leading technology provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and geographic information system solutions. EagleView will lead the group with a focus on property drone research and development.


In addition to research and development, Allstate expects to work with the consortium to gain regulatory approval for the use of drones in the insurance and construction industries as well as refine the way data is collected for property conditions and damage assessments.


Allstate has previously tested the use of drones to obtain information about battery life and picture resolution but the consortium promises a much wider scope of research with a larger, dedicated budget to enable it to find software and hardware solutions and gain regulatory approvals.


About Allstate Corporation

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as the web via www.allstate.com, http://ift.tt/KyeMtQ and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


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Friday, November 28, 2014

‘I was born a Ramblin’ Man …’

RambleRamaOK, maybe I wasn’t born in the back seat of a Greyhound bus, rollin’ down Highway 41, like it says in the Allman Brothers’ song, but I did spend chunks of my “formative years” in the back seat and “way-back” of my parents’ Rambler Ambassador station wagon. The one you see here was an earlier version of the trusty family vehicle in which I was often a passenger, and later a driver.


The scene depicted here – I’m guessing it’s from the late 1960s – is an example of GEICO’s fondness for partnering with local businesses and charities to build community. This display of the latest Rambler models gave a local dealership a chance to show off its wares for hundreds of potential customers to see as they entered or exited the corporate headquarters.


The Allman Brothers just retired, and Rambler went out of business years ago, but that patio at our headquarters is still there, and is often used for warm-weather cookouts and other special events. And our penchant for giving local organizations opportunities to visit us and market their products or recruit volunteers remains as well. Helping local businesses and charities thrive AND offering our associates convenient, on-site access to them – that’s a winning proposition for all concerned.


What cars – or songs – remind you of your youth? Tell us in the comments.






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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Allstate Provides Another Way to Find Your Parked Car on Black Friday

Holiday shoppers can use Parking Reminder feature to find their car as well as Gas Finder to get the lowest price for gas before a Thanksgiving road trip

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There could be a few less worries this holiday season as Black Friday shoppers use a new Parking Reminder tool in the Allstate Mobile app to find their parked car after some holiday shopping. The free Parking Reminder feature can be found in the Roadside support section of the Allstate Mobilesm app and is available to anyone countrywide – with or without an Allstate policy.


When someone parks their car and presses the ‘Park Here’ button, the app drops a pin at that exact location and after ringing up the holiday deals while shopping, someone can tap the ‘Find Car’ button and the app shows precisely where the car was parked on a map so shoppers can easily walk straight to their vehicle. The app also shows the distance to the parked car. Plus, if a friend or family member needs to run back to the car while shopping, the app allows you to text or email the location of the parked car to someone else.


With Parking Reminder, drivers can also start a timer within the app when they leave their car to help them remember how much time they have left on a paid meter.


"The holidays are a wonderful time, but can create stress for many people," says Allstate’s Senior Director of Consumer Engagement Roger Tye. "These new benefits within Allstate Mobile are little conveniences that help consumers everywhere bring out the good in their holiday shopping season and throughout the year."


The new feature inside the Allstate Mobile app has uses beyond Black Friday shopping, too. For holiday air travelers, Parking Reminder can be used to find their car in an airport’s long-term parking lot.


And, if the holiday season means a road trip, the Allstate Mobile app has an answer for finding the least expensive gas in the area. Allstate Mobile has a Gas Finder tool, powered by GasBuddy, which allows drivers to find the best price for gasoline near their location. This added convenience can also be found in the Roadside support section of the Allstate Mobile app.


Parking Reminder and Gas Finder are new additions to the Allstate Mobile app, which also allows customers to pay their bill, access policy and agent information on-the-go, request Roadside assistance, or use tools like QuickFoto Claim® in the event they’re involved in an accident.


The Allstate Mobile app is available for free download in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. For more information about all of the company’s available mobile tools, please visit: http://ift.tt/1ygVRsT.


About Allstate Corporation

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as the web via www.allstate.com, http://ift.tt/KyeMtQ and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


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Allstate Provides Another Way to Find Your Parked Car on Black Friday

Holiday shoppers can use Parking Reminder feature to find their car as well as Gas Finder to get the lowest price for gas before a Thanksgiving road trip

This release contains: 1 Photo, 1 Related Document

There could be a few less worries this holiday season as Black Friday shoppers use a new Parking Reminder tool in the Allstate Mobile app to find their parked car after some holiday shopping. The free Parking Reminder feature can be found in the Roadside support section of the Allstate Mobilesm app and is available to anyone countrywide – with or without an Allstate policy.


When someone parks their car and presses the ‘Park Here’ button, the app drops a pin at that exact location and after ringing up the holiday deals while shopping, someone can tap the ‘Find Car’ button and the app shows precisely where the car was parked on a map so shoppers can easily walk straight to their vehicle. The app also shows the distance to the parked car. Plus, if a friend or family member needs to run back to the car while shopping, the app allows you to text or email the location of the parked car to someone else.


With Parking Reminder, drivers can also start a timer within the app when they leave their car to help them remember how much time they have left on a paid meter.


"The holidays are a wonderful time, but can create stress for many people," says Allstate’s Senior Director of Consumer Engagement Roger Tye. "These new benefits within Allstate Mobile are little conveniences that help consumers everywhere bring out the good in their holiday shopping season and throughout the year."


The new feature inside the Allstate Mobile app has uses beyond Black Friday shopping, too. For holiday air travelers, Parking Reminder can be used to find their car in an airport’s long-term parking lot.


And, if the holiday season means a road trip, the Allstate Mobile app has an answer for finding the least expensive gas in the area. Allstate Mobile has a Gas Finder tool, powered by GasBuddy, which allows drivers to find the best price for gasoline near their location. This added convenience can also be found in the Roadside support section of the Allstate Mobile app.


Parking Reminder and Gas Finder are new additions to the Allstate Mobile app, which also allows customers to pay their bill, access policy and agent information on-the-go, request Roadside assistance, or use tools like QuickFoto Claim® in the event they’re involved in an accident.


The Allstate Mobile app is available for free download in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. For more information about all of the company’s available mobile tools, please visit: http://ift.tt/1ygVRsT.


About Allstate Corporation

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as the web via www.allstate.com, http://ift.tt/KyeMtQ and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Liberty Mutual Insurance Introduces Cyber Coverages for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses

Liberty Mutual Insurance is now offering flexible cyber coverages on its commercial package products and monoline general liability policies for small to mid-sized businesses.



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Pushin’ it with Salt-N-Pepa

What do you do with a lawnmower or a blocking sled? Well, you push it. If you’re Salt-N-Pepa, you tell people to push it real good. And if you want to save 15% or more on car insurance, you switch to GEICO. It’s what you do!


Check out the second spot in GEICO’s “It’s What You Do” campaign below:



If you have this stuck in your head all day, you won’t be alone!






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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Allstate to Present at Goldman Sachs Financial Services Conference

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL), the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, announced that Thomas J. Wilson, its chairman, president and chief executive officer, will present at the Goldman Sachs Financial Services Conference at 10:50 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 9. The conference is being held at the Conrad New York Hotel in New York.


A webcast of the presentation can be accessed at http://ift.tt/1kdfBpc. For those unable to hear the live event, a replay will be posted on the investor relations and executive speeches sections of the company’s website shortly after the presentation ends.


The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada.


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One in Four Employed Americans Required to Work over the Holidays, Finds Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll

American workers show enthusiasm for workplace and employers, but concern around pay, benefits and the impact of technology.

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Approximately one quarter of the American workforce will be required to work on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. Despite this, American workers express not only satisfaction in their own work, but also pride in the role their employers play in communities. These are among the key findings of the 21st Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll, which surveyed Americans’ attitudes toward their jobs and, employers and the encroachment of the workplace into other facets of life.


The latest edition of the Heartland Monitor shows that American workers think very highly of their employers, with 82 percent of poll respondents saying they believe that their employer makes a positive impact on the community and 87 percent of workers saying they would recommend their place of employment to others. Ninety percent of workers polled are proud to tell people about their employer, and 88 percent believe in their employer’s mission and purpose. Likewise, working Americans are highly satisfied with their jobs: 93 percent said they are satisfied and 54 percent said they are very satisfied. Interestingly, among those who currently work somewhere with 10 or fewer employees, 69 percent say they are very satisfied with their job, surpassing those in 11-100 employee jobs (52 percent), 101-2,500 employee jobs (49 percent), and 2,501+ employee jobs (50 percent).


"Companies that do good in their communities are highly regarded by the people who make it possible – their employees," said Harriet Harty, senior vice president of human resources at Allstate. "As a company made up of thousands of small, locally-owned businesses, Allstate knows first-hand that involvement in the communities we serve is incredibly meaningful to both employees and our customers."


Despite Americans’ positive feelings toward their work and employers, family still comes first for the vast majority of people. By more than a three-to-one margin, Americans say they “work to live” (76 percent) rather than “live to work” (22 percent). If given the choice, two in three (67 percent) Americans would choose “more flexibility and shorter hours…but less pay” while just one-in-four (26 percent) would choose “more pay…but less flexibility and longer hours.” Millennials, and to a lesser extent, Gen X’ers, placed higher emphasis on flexibility from their employer, more so than workers from the Baby Boomer generation. When asked about the importance of flexible work hours, 77 percent of employed Millennials polled said they think it is important to have “the flexibility to work at different hours,” compared to 64 percent of Gen X’ers and 60 percent of Boomers. This compared to 67 percent for all workers.


"Like other results already released from the poll, these assessments of workplace satisfaction find Americans convinced that their own lives are generally moving in the right direction, even if the country is not," said Atlantic Media Editorial Director Ronald Brownstein. "And yet, like the earlier soundings, these findings also capture the strain many Americans feel trying to both provide for, and participate in, their family in an age of slow or nonexistent wage growth."


The findings aren’t all positive, and in some areas real dissatisfaction exists: just under half (45 percent) of the American workforce say there’s at least some chance they will work on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day. More than half (55 percent) of these workers say it won’t be by their own choice. Ultimately, one-in-four (25 percent) American workers will be required to work on one of these major holidays.


Further, only 31 percent of employed respondents say they’re very satisfied with their pay, a sharp drop from the 54 percent who say they’re very satisfied overall with their job. Likewise, just 43 percent of employed respondents, are very satisfied with the benefits, 45 percent with the amount of paid vacation and sick leave offered, and 38 percent with opportunities for advancement.


Among the key findings in The Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll XXI:


Employee Satisfaction and Pride


Overall, Americans share a high degree of satisfaction with their jobs, believe they are successful, and think favorably about their employer.



  • Among working Americans, those most satisfied in their work include business owners (68 percent very satisfied), and those at the executive level (64 percent).

  • Working Americans are nearly universal (98 percent) in their belief that they are successful in their job, with two-in-three (63 percent) seeing themselves as very successful. When determining what it means to be successful, more than half (55 percent) of American workers are likely to point to softer indicators like “making a positive impact” (31 percent) or “doing what you like” (24 percent) over more concrete measures like “a good work-life balance” (14 percent), pay (9 percent), receiving recognition (7 percent), and having authority (2 percent).


Sacrifices for Work


For many Americans, the days of a nine-to-five job with time off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave are over. Despite overall satisfaction and pride in their jobs, Americans report making significant personal sacrifices to make ends meet while balancing work responsibilities with family commitments. Amid these pressures from work, Americans are looking for more flexibility and more personal time in their employer and would sacrifice pay to have a job that offered more flexibility.



  • Just over half (53 percent) of American workers now hold a traditional Monday through Friday nine-to-five job while 47 percent say they usually work nights, weekends, or some combination of schedules.

  • Those with and without 9am to 5pm schedules expressed similar dissatisfaction with their pay (only 31 and 32 percent very satisfied, respectively). But those working outside the 9am to 5pm track were much less likely than conventional nine-to-fiver’s to say they were very satisfied with their required hours at work (just 42 percent vs. 64 percent) or their ability to balance work and home (40 percent vs. 54 percent). Those outside the 9am to 5pm world were also somewhat less likely to report satisfaction with their access to paid vacation and sick leave.

  • Work has increasingly impacted Americans’ personal time: 81 percent of American workers say they are required to be in contact outside of working hours, with 41 percent saying they’re required to be in contact frequently. More than half (56 percent) of American workers checked email or otherwise checked in with work on their last vacation.

  • With these challenges, Americans are looking for more flexibility and more personal time, and most say they would choose a job with less pay to obtain that. If given the choice between jobs based on the balance between work and personal/family time, two in three (67 percent) Americans would choose “more flexibility and shorter hours…but less pay” while just one-in-four (26 percent) would choose “more pay…but less flexibility and longer hours.


Survey Methodology

Since April 2009, the Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Polls have explored Americans’ personal financial experiences, their views on the financial system, and their opinion of how the federal government’s budget situation impacts their personal finances. The most recent Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll was conducted by FTI Consulting, from October 22–26, 2014, among N=1,000 American adults age 18+, with 500 reached via landline and 500 reached via cell phone. The margin of error for the N=1,000 telephone sample is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


About Allstate Corporation

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, http://ift.tt/KyeMtQ and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


About National Journal

National Journal is regarded as the most credible and influential publication in Washington, providing more than 3 million influentials in public policy and business with the insights they need to make government work. Fiercely honest and scrupulously non-partisan, National Journal has a four-decade history of serving leaders in Washington—and around the country—with trustworthy, in-depth analysis on legislation, politics, and the structural trends shaping America.


About FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 4,200 employees located in 26 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The Company generated $1.65 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2013. More information can be found at http://ift.tt/1cZG6dT.


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Jeff Cartwright

National Journal

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Matthew Clark

FTI Consulting

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Allstate

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Living a life of luxury

Luxury CarFor many drivers, the ultimate goal is to one day cruise down the road in their own brand-new, fully loaded luxury vehicle. Personally, I’ve always feared that owning an expensive, high-end car would make me a greater target for thieves. That’s why I was so intrigued by a recent report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) on luxury vehicle theft.


Surprisingly, your chances of being a victim of car theft aren’t as high as you may think. From 2011–2013, 5,570 luxury vehicles nationwide with model years 2011, 2012 and 2013 were reported stolen to police. While that total is certainly nothing to sneeze at, it represented a small fraction of overall car thefts; in 2012 alone, more than 720,000 vehicles were reported stolen, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).


Where did most luxury auto thefts occur? The top state was California (1,390), followed by Florida (863) and New Jersey (570). Those same three states were also tops in vehicles that went unrecovered after being reported stolen; Florida led the way with 218 (more than 25 percent) remaining unrecovered. Nationwide, 963 of the stolen luxury vehicles (roughly 17 percent) remained unrecovered.


So while purchasing a luxury vehicle may put a dent in your wallet, don’t let a fear of theft stop you from buying the vehicle of your dreams. And be sure to always take the necessary steps to protect yourself from auto theft.


Maybe I’ll get that Bentley after all.






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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Allstate Announces Dividends

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced a quarterly dividend of 28 cents on each outstanding share of the corporation’s common stock, payable in cash on January 2, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 28, 2014.


Preferred Stock Dividends

The Allstate Corporation also declared approximately $29.1 million in aggregate dividends on five series of preferred stock for the dividend period from October 15, 2014 through January 14, 2015. All of the preferred dividends are payable in cash on January 15, 2015 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 31, 2014, as follows:




































Series



Annual

Dividend Rate



Quarterly Amount

Per Depositary Share



Series A



5.625%



$0.3515625



Series C



6.75%



$0.421875



Series D



6.625%



$0.4140625



Series E



6.625%



$0.4140625



Series F



6.25%



$0.390625



The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services in the United States and Canada.


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University of North Texas Students Win TD Ameritrade’s First Collegiate Trading Competition, the thinkorswim Challenge

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Free Allstate App Helps Homeowners Inventory Their Belongings

Revitalized mobile app makes protecting possessions easier and more secure

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According to a recent “Protect It Or Lose It” survey from Allstate, nearly all homeowners (90 percent) are concerned about protecting their homes, yet haven’t valued their possessions in years – let alone documented what they have. From furniture to jewelry to even bedding and bath towels, it’s important to have a record of your possessions should something happen to your home. To help homeowners get a handle on the task, Allstate is launching a new version of Digital Locker®, a free mobile app which makes taking a home inventory a click away.


"The enhanced Digital Locker app is part of our ongoing commitment to help customers take steps to protect their belongings before disaster strikes," said Sanjay Gupta, executive vice president of marketing, innovation and corporate relations, at Allstate Insurance Company. "We took feedback directly from our users, and created the new app which provides an even better experience."


Digital Locker is a tool that helps homeowners photograph and document their possessions quickly and easily. The innovative new Digital Locker app features multiple enhancements including faster set-up, easier search and more ways to secure your inventory.


Recent Digital Locker enhancements include:



  1. Faster room-by-room set up with property wizard

  2. Easier ways to search and categorize items

  3. More options to safely secure your inventory

  4. Easy export options provide extra security

  5. Seamless syncing between the web and your mobile devices


Award-winning actress and accomplished singer Kristin Chenoweth is partnering with Allstate’s Protect It Or Lose It campaign to get the word out about the benefits of Digital Locker. She learned firsthand that taking the time to protect your belongings before something bad happens can save you thousands of dollars, and stress, in the long run.


"Last year, I had water damage in my house, and hadn’t properly inventoried my possessions. I lost a lot of items that were important to me," said Chenoweth. "I want to spread the word about Allstate’s free and easy way to be prepared so other people don’t have the headaches of trying to remember the items they’ve lost when they file a claim."


The app has received nearly 75,000 downloads to-date, and is a free, flexible, and easy-to-use tool that helps you keep an inventory of your personal property. You can organize personal property by room, category or custom labels, take photos or add pictures directly from your device’s photo library, and estimate the cost of your items. It provides password-protected online storage, keeping the information about your home safe and accessible from your smart phone, tablet device or computer. Digital Locker makes it simple to manage your personal property in real time and access your information quickly in the event you need to make a claim.


To learn more about Allstate’s Digital Locker, visit http://ift.tt/1lpFC3F.


About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


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New Study Finds Liability Insurance Needs Not on the Mind of Most Parents for Everyday Routines

Liberty Mutual Insurance Study Reports Majority of Parents with Young Children Do Not Practice Common Home and Auto Safety Precautions



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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Saluting our veterans

GEICO and our country’s military go way back. Many people don’t know that military members were among GEICO’s first customers when the company was founded in 1936, and that to this day we give the military special attention, with a service center in our Virginia Beach office that’s dedicated to meeting their needs.


I’m proud of this history and I’m proud to know that GEICO will take part in multiple events this November to pay tribute to our military veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made for our country. GEICO-sponsored NASCAR driver Casey Mears will compete in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Phoenix International Raceway. Eager to get back into action after his 10th-place finish at the recent GEICO 500 at Talladega, Mears will drive a camouflage-wrapped car as a salute to veterans, just as he did for the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte in May in recognition of Memorial Day.


GEICO has also joined the effort to support our country’s disabled veterans by sponsoring the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) first annual community 5K walk, run and motorcycle ride in San Diego on Sunday, Nov. 9. The event will help raise crucial funds to get our wounded veterans the treatment they need.


And GEICO will also be joining the USO’s “Salute to the Troops” weekend in Las Vegas leading up to Veterans Day. The event gathers a group of wounded, ill and injured service members from around the country for a weekend of entertainment activities and sightseeing. A member of the GEICO Military Team will be at the events all weekend to represent GEICO and thank our wounded warriors for their sacrifice.






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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Liberty Mutual Scientist Theodore Courtney appointed to CDC-NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell has appointed Theodore K. Courtney, MS, CSP, Director of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute’s Center for Injury Epidemiology, to the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



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Monday, November 3, 2014

Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie D. Neely to Join Allstate as Vice President, Treasury

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today announced that Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie D. Neely will join the company as its vice president, treasury, effective December 1. She will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of liquidity, capital, ratings and corporate structure issues.


"We are pleased that Stephanie is joining Allstate and look forward to benefiting from her financial management expertise and broad leadership capabilities, which she demonstrated most recently in pioneering financial literacy programs on behalf of the city of Chicago and its schools," said Steven E. Shebik, chief financial officer.


"I am thrilled to be a part of Allstate given its growth, strong business opportunities and community leadership, particularly here in my hometown of Chicago," Neely said. "I’m looking forward to joining Allstate and contributing to its continued financial success."


Neely has more than two decades of financial services experience. As treasurer and chief investment officer for the city of Chicago for eight years, she has raised financial reporting standards and broadened Chicago’s financial literacy, community outreach and other programs. Neely began her career as a financial analyst with Smith Barney and assistant vice president at Paine Webber. She subsequently held municipal finance management positions at First Chicago/Bank One Capital Markets and other firms, and served as vice president of the institutional sales team for Northern Trust Global Investments from 2005 to 2006. Neely earned her bachelor’s degree from Smith College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Top Halloween costumes for 2014

JackOGeckoIt’s going to be a Frozen Friday. The award-winning animated film leads the way as the most popular costume this Halloween, according to data compiled from forbes.com on Internet searches. Here are some of the characters you’ll see running around this Halloween weekend.


Elsa – The “Snow Queen” is the most searched-for costume this year.


Zombies – While this has always been a good choice, the popular television series The Walking Dead brings it back to life … so to speak.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Even though the cartoon series has been around since the 1980s, a new movie this year brings this costume to a new generation.


Maleficent – If you like movie themes, why not dress up as one of Disney’s most iconic villains.


Pirate – This is an easy do-it-yourself costume that you can customize to suit your personality.


Or, since you’re reading the GEICO Blog, dress up as one of our popular characters — the Gecko, Maxwell the Pig, or the over-eager “hump day” camel. That last one’s especially effective if you’ll be in the company of anyone named Mike.


No matter how great your costume is, safety is still of utmost importance. Check out these resources for everything from trick-or-treating safety to pumpkin-carving tips.



Happy Halloween!






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Elite Advisors Say Scalability, Succession Needs Will Fuel More RIA Deal Activity

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Allstate Reports Broad-Based Growth and Strong Profitability

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The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) today reported financial results for the third quarter of 2014.


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Memory of the Month: In your face!

Each month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.


Pie in Face Here’s a motivational tactic that hasn’t really stood the test of time. During the early part of my career, though, this one was quite popular. Managers would challenge their teams to meet certain goals, and if the teams succeeded, they’d get to pop their managers in the face with pies – or at least pie tins loaded up with whipped cream.


This 1980s-vintage photo is probably an example of why we haven’t seen this particular tactic used much lately. Note the impressive spray of whatever’s in that pie tin, and also the evident gusto with which the woman is delivering the goods. I dare say the mess was not contained by the plastic sheet on the floor, and there’s a good chance this manager’s nose was quite sore afterward, if not bloodied or broken.


Either because of clean-up crew complaints, or possibly worker’s comp claims, we just don’t get this kind of entertainment any more. I guess some traditions just aren’t meant to last – and maybe that’s just as well. Can you think of other such bygone tactics? Let us know in the comments.






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TD Ameritrade's Advisory Affiliate, Amerivest®, Launches First-of-its-Kind Rebate Offer

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Allstate Roadside Services Launches Advocacy Campaign to Raise Awareness of Move Over Laws

Support families of fallen service workers and Allstate will match donations up to $25,000

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More than one tow truck operator is killed every week by motorists. Today, to honor the men and women who have lost their lives during service, Allstate Roadside Services has teamed up with the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum (ITRHFM) to launch the “Provider Safety Advocacy” campaign to raise awareness of Move Over laws.


As part of the national campaign, Allstate and the ITRHFM created an online Public Service Announcement (PSA) entitled "Move Over, Slow Down" to showcase the impact that Move Over laws can have on individuals both on and off the road. Featuring families who have lost loved ones as a result of motorists not slowing down or moving over when it mattered most, the emotional PSA reveals the lasting impact one moment in time can have when a motorist is distracted.


"Three feet can mean the difference between life and death," said Paul Huber, Allstate Roadside Services Sr. Director Service Operations. "With countless Providers on the road doing their job to help others, we want to ensure we are doing our part to help protect not only them, but all tow truck drivers and first responders by bringing attention to Move Over laws."


With the busy holiday travel season approaching, Allstate hopes that the “Provider Safety Advocacy” campaign supporting Move Over laws will help make motorists more aware of what they need to do if they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road.


To help families of the fallen in their time of need, Allstate is encouraging individuals to make a donation to the Survivor Fund on the ITRHFM website (http://ift.tt/1oWgN77). Donations will be matched up to $25,000 through November 30.


"Our goals for the ‘Provider Safety Advocacy’ campaign are to raise awareness of Move Over laws and help create a safer environment for those on the road. We hope that this campaign will keep moving over and slowing down top of mind for those behind the wheel so that we can help reduce the number of lives lost," Huber said.


To learn more about the “Provider Safety Advocacy” campaign and watch the PSA, visit the Allstate YouTube channel - http://ift.tt/ZWUPoA. Use #MoveOver to spread the message and follow the conversation on Twitter.


About Allstate®

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


About International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum

The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Chattanooga, TN, houses an array of displays and exhibits showcasing the history of towing and recovery. The rotating collection includes early equipment by Manley, Holmes, Vulcan, and Weaver. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have significantly advanced the industry. The Museum includes a theater, a library, and a gift shop selling souvenirs related to the towing industry. On the outside grounds is the Wall of the Fallen memorial, dedicated to towers who died in the line of service. The ITRHFM Survivor Fund assists the families of the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of service by providing a uniform financial gift at the time of their loss. ITRHFM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and accepts donations for its programs and operations from individuals, corporations and groups. To learn more visit http://ift.tt/1oWgOYE.


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Allstate Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants to Fund Financial Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors

Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant program expected to reach 30,000 survivors

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Today, The Allstate Foundation announced 14 recipients in a one-of-a-kind grant program supporting financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant Program, now in its seventh year, provides funds to state domestic violence coalitions to help address the No. 1 reason victims stay in and return to violent relationships—finances.


"New research shows that three in five Americans know someone who has been the victim of abuse and more than one in four have been abused themselves," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Allstate. "In almost all of these situations, financial abuse and control are used to trap women in abusive relationships. These grants will help women and their families leave abuse behind and take control of their financial futures."


The 2014 Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant recipients are:


































California Partnership to End Domestic Violence



New Jersey Coalition For Battered Women



Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence



Ohio Domestic Violence Network



Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence



Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence



Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence



Texas Council on Family Violence, Inc.



Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence



Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence



Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc.



Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence



Nebraska Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition



Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault



Each grantee will work with local domestic violence organizations to provide education and support for domestic violence survivors in the areas of budgeting, credit repair and management, investing, and retirement planning. The Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum, designed specifically for survivors, is the main financial education resource used to deliver the information.


Additionally, each of the grantees has identified a focus area in one or more of the following categories:


Job Readiness and Job Training: Helping survivors get or maintain training and meaningful employment, such as resume writing, developing interview skills and hard skills.


Matched Savings Program including IDAs: Helping survivors make the most of their savings and grow their savings using asset building strategies through one-to-one match savings accounts.


Micro-Loan: Providing smalls loans at no or low interest with flexible repayment rules and options. The loans are used as a means to improve or establish credit.


Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has been helping survivors overcome abuse by partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence and local nonprofits. More than 400,000 domestic violence survivors have been reached with financial empowerment services more than 7,717 advocates have been trained on the program’s main financial education resource: The Moving Ahead Through Financial Management curriculum.


About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit http://ift.tt/QoU2bQ.


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TD Ameritrade Reports Record 2014 Earnings; Sixth Consecutive Year of Double-Digit Asset Gathering

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Gecko at New York Comic Con: Right where he belonged

Super GeckoFor four days in New York City, fans of many pop culture genres came together and created a universe like no other at New York Comic Con (NYCC). What is Comic Con? It is a fan convention dedicated to comic books, graphic novels, anime, magna, video games, toys, artists, movies and television. But it’s much more; New York Comic Con is one of the largest pop culture events in the world, with an attendance of 151,000 earlier this month.


The GEICO Gecko was excited to attend (#GEICOCon) and was particularly intrigued by the “cosplay,” another term unique to this universe; it’s a contraction of the words “costume playing.” It’s dressing up, but way beyond what you normally see at a costume party.


The fans/attendees are what make the Comic Con experience extraordinary. It’s the ultimate Halloween town. Sure, you can see panels with your favorite stars and icons. And yes, you’ll find awesome exhibitors and great buys. But at their core, Comic Cons are primarily a celebration of what these fans care about, in an open and welcoming environment.


3D picturesGEICO pulled out all the stops at Comic Con, rolling in the GEICO Bus that features pinball games and GEICO Karaoke (#GEICOonTour). And just for Comic Con, we had a special green screen 3D photo facility that gave fans the opportunity to have their own action movie moment! But we didn’t stop there! We hosted a daily cosplay competition that gave some of the fans a chance to get a little extra time in the spotlight. I assisted in finding candidates for this competition, and there was certainly no shortage! Thank goodness the winners were chosen by crowd acclaim, because judging the best of all the fabulous outfits would have been too difficult!


The Gecko even participated in some cosplay himself, donning a SuperGecko cape. Superman might be able to save people in dire danger, but can he save you money on your insurance and help you get your damaged vehicle repaired after an accident? Can he offer you homeowners, renters or commercial insurance, not to mention all the other products GEICO sells? No, he can’t, but SuperGecko can!


Every day, 50 stuffed mini-SuperGeckos were hidden around the convention center. Each one included a little note asking their finders to take a selfie with him and bring him to the bus to get an extra special gift to go with the stuffed keepsake.


Unfortunately, the fun had to end. As you can see from my 3-D photo on this page, I rather enjoyed myself while representing GEICO at Comic Con, and if the opportunity should arise again, you can bet I’ll volunteer!


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Supplier Diversity Exchange Builds Foundation For inclusive Business Development

Allstate Hosts Event to Develop Procurement Opportunities for Diverse Suppliers

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Sixteen diverse small businesses from around the country will meet on October 13 at Allstate’s headquarters to network and pitch their business to Allstate leaders and Allstate’s prime supplier partners.


The Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange, now in its 7th year, brings diverse businesses together to learn about opportunities to work with Allstate and its suppliers and compete for a chance to win business. New to the program this year is a fast-paced business pitch format where each of the companies will have 10 minutes to present their product or service.


"We’ve seen continued interest from our network of diverse suppliers for this event over the years and it’s a great way for Allstate to build relationships," said Cheryl Harris, Allstate’s senior vice president of Sourcing & Procurement Solutions. "Having the right relationships is often a major obstacle for diverse business owners and the opportunity to pitch their product or service increases visibility, potentially leading to future business."


The Exchange accepts applications from businesses that are certified as minority, women, veteran and LGBT owned. Since its inception more than 100 participants have had the opportunity to compete for Allstate’s business, and over half have successfully won contracts.


"Allstate’s Supplier Diversity Exchange not only gives us access to decision makers within the organization but also allows us to interact with diverse suppliers with whom we may partner to further enhance our business," said Linda Sullivan, president of Administrative Strategies - a 2013 participant in the Exchange and 2014 planned attendee.


The Allstate Supplier Diversity Exchange has built a strong foundation for an inclusive environment and creates opportunities for all while developing longstanding relationships. With commitment from top management down, the company has highlighted the important role that diversity and inclusion has today, and will continue well into the future. In 2013, Allstate spent $409.1 million with diverse businesses.


The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.


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Chris Bauer

(847) 402-5600

@Allstatenews






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Monday, October 6, 2014

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Raises Nearly $2.5 Million for Domestic Violence Services

YWCA Evanston-North Shore announced as winner of Purple Purse Challenge

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The Allstate Foundation, through online donations and direct grants, raised nearly $2.5 million for domestic violence services during its Purple Purse Challenge that concluded late last week. YWCA Evanston-North Shore from Evanston, Ill., earned $311,407, the most of the nearly 140 participating organizations, and won the top prize of $100,000 from The Allstate Foundation to help survivors recover from financial abuse. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse encourages conversation and action around the No.1 reason victims of domestic violence stay in abusive relationships—finances.


The initiative enlisted the help of Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kerry Washington to spread awareness and encourage the public to donate. The Challenge, the first for The Allstate Foundation, broke numerous records for the CrowdRise website and created a grassroots movement with the majority of donations under $50.


Milestones from the Purple Purse Challenge include:



  • More than half (53 percent) of donations were under $25 and 75 percent were under $50.

  • Raised nearly $1 million in the last week alone.

  • More than $450,000 was raised in the final 24 hours, and nearly half of that ($220,000) came in the final hour.

  • Broke the CrowdRise record for most raised in the first day of any Challenge. And, shattered the CrowdRise record for the most dollars raised in both the last 24 hours and the most raised in the final hour of any initiative on the platform.


"We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from 14,500 people who took the Purple Purse Challenge and gave directly to domestic violence service providers across the country," said Vicky Dinges, senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate. "We know that social service providers are operating with fewer resources. Each donation, no matter how big or small, will help the thousands of women who need assistance gain access to life-saving services for themselves and their families."


The following Purple Purse Challenge winners will receive additional funding from The Allstate Foundation:





























































Organization



Funds Raised through the Purple Purse Challenge



Grand Prizes from The Allstate Foundation



First Place: YWCA Evanston/North Shore



$311,407



$100,000



Second Place: Wings Program



$281,709



$75,000



Third Place: YWCA Northwest Georgia



$276,152



$50,000



Fourth Place: YWCA Metropolitan Chicago



$153,555



$25,000



Fifth Place: Jewish Women International



$57,440



$10,000



Sixth Place: Jenesse Center



$50,935



$10,000



Seventh Place: House of Ruth



$44,840



$10,000



Eighth Place: Jersey Battered Women’s Service



$43,504



$10,000



Ninth Place: New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence



$43,004



$10,000



Tenth Place: Harbor House of Central Florida



$42,088



$10,000



The Challenge ran from Sept. 2 – Oct. 3, 2014. During that time, The Allstate Foundation contributed nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations. The Allstate Foundation will keep the fundraising site open through 2015, so people can still contribute to organizations at http://ift.tt/1qZFAFV.


The Allstate Foundation also offers the following tips for talking to someone you suspect may be in an abusive relationship:


Offer support without judgment or criticism.
There are a lot of reasons why a victim may stay in an abusive relationship, and many reasons why she may also leave and return to the relationship multiple times. Let her know it’s not her fault and that she’s not alone.


Don’t be afraid to tell her that you’re concerned for her safety.
Help your friend or family member recognize the abuse while acknowledging that she is in a very difficult and dangerous situation.


Avoid confrontations.
There are many reasons why individuals experiencing abuse don’t reach out to family and friends. It’s important to recognize when she is ready to talk about her experiences while still offering support.


Encourage her to get help.
Suggest ways she can get additional support. Help her look into available resources, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline number (800-799-SAFE) or a local domestic violence agency with specially trained advocates to help her out of the situation.


For additional information on the program visit www.PurplePurse.com.


Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and a life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness and microenterprise programs.


About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit http://ift.tt/QoU2bQ.


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Kyle Donash

847-402-5600

Kyle.donash@allstate.com






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