Chubb to Discontinue Contingent Commissions to Agents and Brokers

Chubb Corporation announced on Thursday it will discontinue paying contingent commissions on all insurance lines in the United States beginning in 2007 as part of a settlement agreement with the Attorneys General of New York, Connecticut and Illinois that resolves all issues arising out of investigations of property-casualty insurance market illegal bid-rigging practices.

Final Regs Issued Concerning Prohibited ESOP Allocations

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department have issued final regulations that provide guidance concerning prohibited allocations and disqualified person requirements under section 409(p) of the Internal Revenue Code for employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) holding stock of Subchapter S corporations.

Participants Continue Return to Equities in November

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average at new record levels and the S&P 500 at highs not seen since 2000, 401(k) participants have begun to respond and net transfers favored equities on 62% of the days during the month, according to the Hewitt 401(k) Index.