Vezina assurances, a Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA), prides itself on being an industry leader including in the area of transparency and compensation disclosure. We believe you should understand how we are paid and also understand the services we are providing for the compensation we receive. We are committed to compensation transparency and to disclosing to you information that will assist you in evaluating potential conflicts of interest.
As a professional insurance services provider, MMA and its subsidiaries facilitate the placement of insurance coverage on behalf of our clients. In accordance with industry custom, we are compensated either through commissions that are calculated as a percentage of the insurance premiums charged by insurers, or fees agreed to with our clients.
MMA receives compensation through one or a combination of the following methods:
- Retail Commissions – A retail commission is paid to MMA by the insurer (or wholesale broker) as a percentage of the premium charged to the insured for the policy. The amount of commission may vary depending on several factors, including the type of insurance product sold and the insurer selected by the client. Retail commission rates can vary from transaction to transaction.
- Client Fees – Some clients may negotiate a fee for MMA’s services in lieu of, or in addition to, retail commissions paid by insurance companies. Fee agreements are in writing, typically pursuant to a Client Service Agreement, which sets forth the services to be provided by MMA, the compensation to be paid to MMA, and the terms of MMA’s engagement. The fee may be collected in whole, or in part, through the crediting of retail commissions collected by MMA for the client’s placements.
- Contingent Commissions – Many insurers agree to pay contingent commissions to brokers who meet set goals for all or some of the policies the brokers place with the insurer during the current year. The set goals may include volume, profitability, retention and/or growth thresholds. Because the amount of contingent commission earned may vary depending on factors relating to an entire book of business over the course of a year, the amount of contingent commission attributable to any given policy typically will not be known at the time of placement.
- Supplemental Commissions – Certain insurers and wholesalers agree to pay supplemental commissions, which are based on a broker’s performance during the prior year. Supplemental commissions are paid as a percentage of premium that is set at the beginning of the calendar year. This percentage remains fixed for all eligible policies written by the insurer during the ensuing year. Unlike contingent commissions, the amount of supplemental commission is known at the time of insurance placement. Like contingent commissions, they may be based on volume, profitability, retention and/or growth.
- Wholesale Broking Commissions – Sometimes MMA acts as a wholesale insurance broker for certain transactions. In these placements, MMA is engaged by a retail agent that has the direct relationship with the insured. As the wholesaler, MMA may have specialized expertise, access to surplus lines markets, or access to specialized insurance facilities that the retail agent does not have. In these transactions, the insurer typically pays a commission that is divided between the retail and wholesale broker pursuant to arrangements made between them.
For more information on the compensation of MMA, please contact your account representative or your account executive.