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Why UBI will survive the pandemic

It’s been a hit and miss for Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) in Canada since it was first introduced about a decade ago, but brokers believe it will survive well past the pandemic-induced uptake of the past two years.

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Insurtech 2022: Hype vs. Impact

Insurtech is no stranger to hype but with 2020 and 2021 bringing far more change than anyone bargained for, the industry has seen a fresh round of predictions and speculation.

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What is the role of litigation analysis in the insurance industry?

For decades now the insurance industry has been capitalizing on analytics to understand and predict risk when writing policies. But what if one of those disputed claims becomes a legal matter? Wouldn’t it be prudent for insurers to apply those same kinds of analytics to understand and predict legal exposure?

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Insurtech companies in Asia – the leaders in 2022

The Asia-Pacific region’s insurtech industry predominantly consists of “less disruptive and more collaborative” start-ups complementing existing carriers rather than unconventional players seeking to unseat incumbents. This is what S&P Global Market Intelligence’s analysis of the biggest insurtech companies in the region has found.

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5 predictions for the insurance industry in 2022

For many of us, ringing in the new year means setting resolutions for better health and well-being. Whether in business or our personal lives, we must consider the scenarios that may threaten or enable our success. The insurance industry is no different.

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Where does the M&A market stand going into 2022? – Report

Increased deal activity and the use of M&A insurance has led to a record rise in the number of notifications, according to a new report by Howden M&A, an international M&A insurance broker. However, the COVID-19 outbreak did not result in a surge in the volume of claims or the number of coronavirus-related break events that had initially been anticipated.

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10 Insurtech Trends and Predictions for 2022

The pandemic turned everything upside down in 2020, and the dust hasn’t settled yet. Will 2022 mark a return to normal life? Don’t bet on it! Expect the changes we’ve seen to continue accelerating innovation and technology in all aspects of insurance. Here are 10 key trends and predictions to watch in 2022.

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Could the insurance industry help trigger a new wave of nature-based solutions?

What should you do if a forest-based carbon offset project you have invested in burns down? This is not simply a dystopian hypothetical question. It has already happened in the U.S. and it is expected to become a more common occurrence as climate-induced wildfire risks increase in the coming decades. But could a potential answer to this problem be to simply “make an insurance claim”?

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The state of SPACs in insurtech

Several insurtech companies including Hippo and Metromile, amongst others, have merged with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) as a path to being traded publicly on stock markets. This approach became more popular in the past two years, as the COVID-19 pandemic led to companies seeking quick, efficient paths to growth.

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4 areas where digital twins could help insurers

In this series, we’ve been looking at the value digital twin data can bring to the insurance business. Specifically, I see there being four main areas where insurers could take advantage of digital twins to make material improvements.

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2022 insurance industry outlook

2021 saw widespread vaccine deployment and easing of pandemic-related restrictions—important catalysts that helped rebuild confidence among people and businesses alike, while fueling economic recovery.

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How to save the $3.78B insurtech market: Coretech to the rescue

The convergence of insurance and digital technology — “insurtech” — has transformed the industry. Although insurance companies initially feared insurtechs would whittle away at their market share, partnering with these disruptive tech firms is now widely seen as the catalyst necessary to spur growth and accelerate the development of new insurance products. But challenges remain.

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3 Trends Transforming Auto Insurance

The auto insurance industry is at a turning point. After navigating the unwelcome effects of a global pandemic, carriers and collision repairers are eagerly awaiting a return to “normal.”

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The (in)human touch: AI and fairness in insurance

People don’t trust insurers. We’ve probably all had to contact an insurer about a problem only to find it’s not covered in the small print. Rates are usually fixed, and sometimes unfair. There may also be hurdles in approving payment once a claim is made.

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Health Insurance: What’s Next?

Looking toward 2022, health insurers are going to be wrestling with all the ways COVID has transformed the health insurance industry and what it means for coverage, pricing and patient care for the years to come.

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6 key takeaways from Europe’s biggest insurtechs

InsurTech is an enormous industry whose global market size is projected to reach US$ 11940 million by 2027. Ever since the first insurtech startups tested the waters in 2010, it has been hotting up and on a constant path of massive development.

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How insurtech is driving robust M&A activity in the industry

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global insurance industry dropped by 3% in the first half of 2021, with 197 deals completed worldwide, down from 206 in the second half of 2020, and 201 at the same point last year, according to Clyde & Co’s Insurance Growth Report mid-year update.

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The rise of the exponential underwriter

As the insurance industry adapts to shifting market conditions, some roles will likely need to be transformed as well. Learn how insurers could multiply value creation by modernising the underwriting function now.

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How carriers can maximize agent performance

The news of the death of the agent has been greatly exaggerated. Agents control about 80% of the homeowner market and 65% of the personal auto market today because most customers still prefer to do business with agents.

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Global M&A on track for record year – report

Companies making M&A deals outperformed the World Index by an average of 2.3 percentage points during the first nine months of 2021, driven largely by strong performance in the first two quarters of the year, Willis Towers Watson said.

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Insurance digitalisation spawns increase in identity fraud

A new insurance industry research study reveals that insurance carriers saw an increase in consumer digital activity across both underwriting (77%) and claims (76%) during the coronavirus pandemic and indicated this recent increase in digital activity has in turn spurred more identity fraud activity, according to 67% of survey respondents

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P/C Reinsurers Keep Underwriting Discipline Even as Capacity Rises: Guy Carpenter

Property and casualty reinsurers have displayed underwriting discipline during this year’s renewals, continuing with rate corrections that began several years ago, despite the pressures of abundant capacity. Prices continued to harden during the first half of 2021 – albeit with slightly less momentum than last year – in a trend that will likely continue into the January 2022 renewal season.

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Points for insurers to consider as they invest in insurtech

Technology, machine learning, robotic process automation, data aggregation and analytics – in recent years, the insurance industry (like many other sectors) has been motivated to make use of those tools to improve their operations and enhance their underwriting, pricing, and loss control capabilities.

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The rise of M&A insurance

The pandemic has not stopped the growth in the M&A insurance market. Brokers in North America have seen an uptick in M&A transactions, M&A insurance, and claims over the last year.

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Tomorrow’s Insurance is Connected

Technologies are emerging that enable omnipresent, real-time connectivity between the people and businesses being insured and their insurers, and that is fundamentally changing the business of insurance.

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Why is blockchain the key to boosting consumers’ trust in insurers?

A recent report by the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) found that since the 1990s, there has been a 35% increase in climate and weather-related disasters. Since March 2020, when the World Health Organisation declared a global pandemic, there have been 100 such disasters affecting 50 million people worldwide.

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Top 5 Insurtech Trends for Now and the Future

COVID-19 has given direction to insurtech trends to lean towards digital solutions. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we cannot really make accurate predictions about the future. However, it has also been a major catalyst of change as several industries underwent rapid and rampant transformations. These changes have now translated into the ‘new normal.’

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Digital Claims: The ‘moment of truth’ for insurers

When a human being or even an animal faces risk, there can be one of two reactions – fight or flight. Risk is inarguably ubiquitous and something that most of us deal with on a daily basis. However, rather than fight or flight, sometimes the best way to deal with risk is to buy protection. And, this is where the insurance industry plays an integral role.

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Chubb CEO makes case for pandemic insurance program

Chubb chairman and CEO Evan Greenberg has been a voice for the (re)insurance industry throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As leader of the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty (P&C) insurer, Greenberg has used his platform to speak out about the “impossible” task laid at the feet of the insurance industry – to cover the cost of the global pandemic alone. c

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Connected insurance and ecosystems: Crucial to modern business

Insurance does not exist in isolation. More and more, it is intrinsic to the business models of partner organisations, enabling new kinds of activities and new ways of working – a reality recognised by the Connected Insurance & Ecosystems category at Accenture’s Efma-Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards

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How insurers are divesting to shift to a digital future

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the transformational trends impacting the insurance sector and highlighting the need to take bolder actions in areas such as digital capability and effective engagement to address the customer’s needs post-pandemic. Over 90% of companies in the sector report that the changing technology and competitive landscape are directly influencing their divestment plans.

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Accenture: The top trends defining insurance revenue

The insurance revenue landscape is shifting in a myriad of fast-acting, unexpected ways. In our recent Insurance Revenue Landscape 2025 study, we were able to analyze customer demands to understand the trends shaping global revenue pools. Based on this research, we predict that the insurance industry will be influenced by the following four areas of innovation.

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Why Sharing Economy Firms Just Might Be The Best Insurance Customers

Think about insurance coverage prospects who really take pleasure in assembly with their insurance coverage dealer. Clients who see insurance coverage not as a nuisance mandate however as an integral a part of their very own and their prospects’ success. Insurance coverage consumers who’re smitten by discussing dangers and coverages repeatedly, not simply begrudgingly annually. Clients who’re desperate to share knowledge on security and efficiency. Or prospects who view insurance coverage not as a value however as a income builder.

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How AI Plays Into the Future of Risk Management

Risk analysts have always relied on data to guide decisions toward strong growth potential and away from high-risk strategies. This used to be a fairly linear process, but now that up to 90% of our data is unstructured, information is not only difficult to organize into digestible formats but also produced in volumes that go beyond the capabilities of human analysts aided by conventional data systems.

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Data analytics ‘the Holy Grail’ for insurers

Most insurance organisations look the same at their core. They’re supported by the same foundations, they share the same core processes, they produce similar products, and they share the same goal of transferring risk while supporting a profitable industry.

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Digital disruptors to revolutionise Insurtech market in 2021

Digitisation will disrupt the traditional life insurance sector in 2021 as Millennials and GenX embrace financial protection and ‘embedded insurance’ products, according to technology investment bank ICON Corporate Finance which recently secured £5m Series A funding for innovative InsurTech start-up Anorak.

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The European insurance growth forecast

How insurers create value for their customers has changed rapidly over the past year, which means that the fundamentals of how an insurance carrier generates revenue has changed. If you want to gain an advantage as an insurer, now is the time to listen to the changing market and innovate accordingly.

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Supercharge your underwriting with data science techniques

The insurance industry is rich with data. Having the right information at the right time is critical for making important underwriting decisions, but all too often an underwriter can’t access the data that would be most helpful. A carrier’s data goes uncaptured, can be difficult to transform and store, or is inaccessible.

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Moving beyond 2020: A review of how insurers pivoted during COVID-19

Like many industries, insurers made fast and dramatic changes in response to COVID-19 to keep operations running smoothly and customers supported. With vaccinations hinting at a return to “normal,” it’s a perfect time to do a data-driven post-mortem on how insurers responded to the pandemic. What actions were taken, what were the lessons learned and what do they mean for the future?

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AI Gains Traction Across Insurance

Spending on artificial intelligence (AI) platforms in insurance will grow by almost a quarter every year out to 2024 as the industry exhibits a general willingness to innovate, analytics firm GlobalData predicts.

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How Innovation is Paying Off for Insurance Leaders

The insurance industry as we know it is changing. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, insurance carriers understand that they have to either innovate or fall behind. In this post, we will take a look at what that innovation looks like in practice and what industry leaders are learning about the art of innovating sustainably and at scale.

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Smart Choice Partners with Cover Whale

Insurtech broker Cover Whale has announced a new partnership with Smart Choice. Under the partnership, Cover Whale’s streamlined truck insurance platform will be open to Smart Choice agents in select states.

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Bradley Collins

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