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Insurtechs that specialize in cyber risk can take numerous paths — with their future dependent at least in part on their investors’ patience — but not all will survive, experts say.
Identifying future trends and engaging in risk partnerships on new technologies are at the heart of Munich Re’s strategy
Willis Towers Watson has around $5 billion of capital which could used for acquisitions, its president and incoming chief executive said on Thursday, as the insurance broker prepares for a future as a standalone company.
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.
The malicious nature of cyber criminals has prompted cyber insurance carriers to implement new guidelines for clients.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause upheaval in our business and personal lives in North America and around the world.
Major U.S. insurers are joining new digital exchanges to sell not only their own policies but those of their competitors as well, a new twist in an industry known for its fierce competition.
Climate change will help propel a threefold surge in property insurance premiums over the coming two decades, according to a study published on Monday by Swiss Re.
This Spring, UK regulator, the FCA announced a ban on the unfair practice of ‘price walking’ in the insurance industry.
China’s banking and insurance watchdog issued a draft guideline on Friday aiming to improve its regulation over insurance group companies to prevent financial risks as the world’s no.2 economy strives to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns have changed how we work for good. Offices, once the bustling centre of company life, have for much of the year been home only to empty desks, unground coffee beans and unanswered questions.
Insurtech could rightly be considered the greatest of the Wild West insurance opportunities, but in terms of opening up new markets, Group and Voluntary Benefits are making their own case for a land of new opportunities.
Emerging risks and changing customer behavior are shifting the revenue landscape for insurers. These trends call for change in the products and services insurance companies bring to market.
When the Town of Peterborough, New Hampshire, announced earlier this week that it lost $2.3 million to a business email compromise scam, officials also said it was unlikely the 7,000-person community would ever recover that money.
So, what exactly is driving this insurtech surge, and how can companies and entrepreneurs in the space be successful?
Three insurance companies – Travelers, Coalition and Resilience – were among the attendees at the White House cybersecurity summit, along with giant tech companies and officials in the Biden administration.
Alongside significant investments in its own digital capabilities, Manulife wants to work with ‘hundreds’ of outside innovators, says CEO Roy Gori.
A recent report produced by McKinsey & Company, explored the plethora of ways in which the insurance industry is partnering up with IT- particularly in relation to Artificial Intelligence (AI), and to what extent this is likely to affect the industry in the next decade or so.
Willis Re’s global head of insurtech tells Insurance Times why he expects funding in this sector to increase and why the term ‘insurtech’ could lose its value in the long term
Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Assaf Wand, co-founder & CEO of Hippo, the home insurance group that created a new standard of care and protection for homeowners, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Northern California Award winner.
The insurance industry needs to think about sustainability through both an underwriting and an investment lens, says ESG analyst Xuan Sheng Ou Yong.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a wave of “remote” services in areas that allegedly required physical presence. It made us reimagine age-old practices and bring innovation to how businesses are operated, including insurance.
Rebounds don’t come much better than this.
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.
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.’
Afilio, a Berlin based Insurtech, has secured USD13 million in highly competitive Series A funding to support the expansion of their ‘Peace of Mind-as-a-Service’ platform offering users digital estate management services.
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.
India is the second-largest insurtech market in Asia-Pacific, accounting for 35 percent of the US$ 3.66 billion insurtech-focused venture investments made in the country, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data.
Lloyd’s has today announced the next eleven InsurTech start-ups joining the seventh cohort of the Lloyd’s Lab innovation accelerator programme. The new cohort will focus on creating simpler products for customers, including building solutions related to cryptocurrencies.
American International Group Inc is tightening terms of its cyber insurance, noting that its own premium prices are up nearly 40% globally, with the largest increase in North America, the U.S. insurer’s chief executive said on Friday.
Some people may think insurance is boring, but not Maria Goy. She is passionate about it. As an executive at New York Life, she came to view insurance as a product that differentiates the haves and have nots.
Imagine your banking app, based on your purchase history within it, offering pertinent insurance products. This could very well be the norm moving forward, if the results of a Cover Genius poll are anything to go by.
Aon’s revenues are up 12% and the half year stage with net income up 10%, helped by strong organic growth of 11% in Q2, but the numbers don’t include the $1bn termination fee the broker will pay Willis Towers Watson (WTW) for their collapsed deal.
Insurtechs have stepped up to turn the $5 trillion insurance industry on its head. This radical upheaval hasn’t happened yet. But the insurance industry’s tech monopoly has already begun.
As more and more people are in search of integrated digital experiences it has become imperative for insurance service providers to embrace the digital disruption.
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
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG) is no longer buying certain Willis Towers Watson (WTW) brokerage operations following the collapse of the latter’s highly anticipated merger with Aon Plc.
German insurance industry association GDV has forecast around €5.5bn worth of claims due to extreme flooding earlier this month.
China’s banking and insurance regulator said on Thursday that it will guide insurers to increase investment in natural disaster insurance and enrich product offerings.
Global investment in the InsurTech sector reached a record during H1 2021, as half-year funding of $7.4 billion exceeded full-year investment in 2020, and in every other year, according to a new report by insurance and reinsurance broker, Willis Towers Watson (WTW).
Chubb released positive second quarter results, driven by gains in its commercial property/casualty business and related rate hikes in the sector.
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
Insurtech Gateway Australia says global investment activity in the first half has seen records broken as funders see attractive insurance opportunities, and has called for more local activity.
Industrial motor insurer Zego, with help from Swiss Re, has teamed up with bp, an built-in vitality firm, to supply skilled insurance coverage for bp’s electrical car trial in London, referred to as “bp EV Professional.”
The further we move into the 21st century, the bigger the role technology plays in the insurance industry.
Slow and steady growth has been the mantra of Zywave in the UK since its inception, and the UK-based arm of the business has steadily grown a robust customer base of around 150 clients over the last decade.
Short-term insurers say they went above and beyond for their customers in the past year and aren’t greedily gobbling up savings from lower claims.
This week we spoke with Ron Rock, Senior Director at JobsOhio, about insurance disruption and the future of work – and the State of Ohio.
Global insurance and reinsurance brokers, Aon and Willis Towers Watson (WTW), have emphasised the pressing need for the “earliest possible trial date” for their pending case against the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), which seeks to block their $30 billion combination.
Telematics technology is a “total game changer” for the future of the auto insurance industry.
The pandemic introduced radical shifts in how we do our work, communicate and shop for products and services. Did it change the way we drive too?
As the “next digital pandemic,” cyber risks are increasingly becoming a problem for insurers themselves, according to an industry expert.
The pandemic has heightened financial inequality, climate change risk and the threat posed by ‘zombie’ companies.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The introduction from Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” may be an apt description of today’s property insurance landscape. While numerous opportunities exist, insurers face a variety of challenges—some often unforeseen.
Sønr’s chief executive predicts that insurtech M&A will double in 2021 – so far, 45 deals have been completed in the first six months of the year.
Insurers lose billions each year due to losses caused by major catastrophes like earthquakes, floods and storms. In 2020 alone, Aon estimated that insured property losses from natural disasters in the U.S. climbed to around $74 billion in losses, much higher than the 10-year average.
You can add another item to consumers’ pandemic shopping list: life insurance. The number of life insurance policies sold jumped 11% in the first quarter from the same time a year ago, according to the industry research firm Limra.
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.
Jérôme Itty knows all too well the challenges of onboarding new hires in a remote work environment. “I’ve experienced it myself,” said AXA XL’s chief operating officer in the Americas.
Like major companies across the U.S., Nationwide executives in the early part of 2021 were discussing the process of repatriating some work-from-home employees to the office as the COVID-19 pandemic receded. That’s when inspiration struck.
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.
Bright Health Group Inc. shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, the latest issue to test investors’ appetite for new health-care companies that have yet to show profit but are aiming for high growth.
After an initial surge, the number of clients taking advantage of virtual claims processing has dipped. For insurers, now is a critical time to evaluate their processes and figure out how to properly provide a touchless experience, says a recent report.
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.
The enhanced ability to innovate is a principal motivator for Aon’s proposed acquisition of Aon and Willis Towers Watson. It’s a message that Aon CEO Greg Case has been emphasizing since the $30 billion deal was announced in March 2020.
While the full potential of blockchain is yet to be revealed, its far-reaching applications, in combination with adjacent technologies, has the potential to transform every industry—including insurance.
Ping An Life’s reform is driven by a combination of digital empowerment and a “heartwarming” value system, said Peter Ma, Chairman of Ping An Insurance. Mr. Ma spoke at the 25th Ping An Life Insurance Summit in Chongqing.
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.
In our latest webinar, we discussed how automation in the claims process can improve customer experience, optimise the efficiency of claims and make insurers’ lives easier.
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.
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.
The ongoing global pandemic has brought the health insurance industry into the spotlight. Over 80% Indian population does not have any personal health insurance cover and the others are heavily dependent on their employers for insurance and other regular welfare benefits.
This week Stéphane Guinet, founder and CEO at Kamet Ventures discussed the key attributes of startups that can rise above the rest and attract major funding.
While most insurers offered financial relief for customers, a more limited number of insurers launched financial assistance specifically for agents and partners.
The expectation that hundreds of so-called zombie companies will fail over the next few years and drag on the economy is among the major concerns prompting insurers to reduce risk and charge higher premiums, a trend likely to continue as failures increase, Swiss Re AG said on Tuesday.
There has been a raft of US insurtechs recently going public, leading to speculation that European insurtechs might follow suit.
Data has always been of high importance to insurance companies when undertaking multiple basic functions. With digital transformation taking over, insurance technology is in the spotlight as a growth concept in the sector.
Mike Karmilowicz of Everest Insurance shares details about his company culture, the threat of cyber and how technology will impact the insurance industry going forward.
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.
In our latest webinar, we discussed how to engender loyalty among your customers and give them an experience that turns them into great proponents of your company.
Insurance agency technology firm Vertafore has released a product it says puts the power of data and analytics into the hands of independent agencies.
More than a year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re also seeing big shifts in consumers’ expectations for health and life insurance. This has generated significant innovation from insurers.
Even the most vigilant insurers and reinsurers scanning the risk landscape for potential future liability problems are likely to fall into landmines.
Insurtalk with Andy Tomlinson, chief operating officer at Cuvva: How treating customers better can fix the insurance trust problem
This week, we spoke with Andy Tomlinson, COO of Cuvva, on how customers are losing out in the current motor insurance equation, and how the industry can adapt to more discerning customer expectations.
Health insurance is critical in nature, but a couple of years ago, it was more of a fringe benefit provided by startups (and other small enterprises) and not a key trigger for recruiting and retention.
Aon UK Chief Executive Julie Page has underlined the need for re/insurers to embrace and enable the disruptiveness of insurtech innovation, especially as the world attempts to recover from COVID-19.
With the threat of cyber attacks looming larger than ever in the minds of business leaders, we investigate the current state of cybersecurity insurance.
This week we spoke with Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO of Tapoly, about insuring the gig economy, founding an all-digital MGA and the future of platforms in insurance.
The weekly SPAC/IPO Tracker shows that through the middle of the month, year-to-date banking related listings stood at 25, trailed by a baker’s dozen of payment firms coming to market.
Ping An Insurance recently revealed that it has completed the initial close of Ping An Voyager Partners, LP, which is a growth stage venture fund. Approximately $200 million in commitments have now been made toward the planned $475 million target.
Traditional insurers have never faced as much competition for their customers’ attention as they do now.
A new report by insurance and reinsurance marketplace Lloyd’s of London has explored the potential benefits of human capital insurance solutions for workforce management in the wake of the pandemic and future systemic risks.
Despite the huge economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global insurance industry was relatively unharmed, compared to other industries, such as travel and hospitality.
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.
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?
Life insurance is a unique product — even when compared to other consumer financial services.
For starters, a life insurance product, at its core, is all about managing mortality risk, which has a wide range of contributing factors and can take decades to emerge.
When much of the global economy locked down last year, insurers, facing estimated losses of more than $100 billion globally, reached straight for their red pens to strike pandemic cover from all new business policies.
Anish Jadav has been appointed Chief Underwriting Officer for AXA XL P&C in the UK, life insurtech Ethos Technologies Inc. has a more than $2bn (£1.4bn) valuation after a $200m funding round, and home insurtech Kin has raised $63.9m in Series C funding.
Imagine insurance customers who actually enjoy meeting with their insurance broker. Customers who see insurance not as a nuisance mandate but as an integral part of their own and their customers’ success.
Series A for Sprout.ai, Amazon and Zurich partner for Middle East payments service, LexisNexis report on future of claims
This morning AI solutions provider Sprout.ai have secured Series A funding from Amadeus Capital Partners, APS and Zurich are partnering on a Middle East-focussed payments solution, and LexisNexis Risk Solutions have released their 2021 Future of Claims Report.
Jérémy Jawish discusses the company’s expanding product set, its focus on R&D and its vision to become an exemplary AI-focused insurance vertical software vendor.
We spoke with Ben Smyth, co-founder and CEO of ethical contents insurer Arma Karma. We discussed engaging young customers, building bespoke products and taking on social responsibility in insurance.
In our latest webinar we discuss record breaking Insurtech funding, the most promising Insurtech territories, and how to win over venture capital with amazing teams.
In a counterintuitive twist, technology can go a long way toward humanizing the life insurance industry.
Ernie Bray is passionate about technology – he understands why there is so much potential behind AI, machine learning and video estimating. But, he cautions, there is a time and a place for tech. The touchless utopia some in the industry are wishing for has downsides, too.
Anyone who tried to work and collaborate remotely in the last year will have noticed that most solutions have drawbacks. Screensharing can be unsafe, connecting to legacy systems can be difficult. For Nicholas Piel, CEO at Surfly, the new way of working was a huge opportunity.
Allianz takes hard line on coal, David Bearman unveils new Aventum Group, APOLLO partners with Lloyd’s of London
Today we see Allianz announce that it will phase out insurance for coal-based business by 2040, Direct Insurance and other affiliates integrated into the new Aventum Group, and Canadian insurtech APOLLO has secured coverholder status with Lloyd’s of London.
Though the insurance industry can be slow to adopt new technologies, with the past year bringing new challenges to businesses, the rest of 2021 is insurtech’s time to shine.
Waterdrop, the online insurance and medical crowdfunding platform backed by Tencent, has started marketing its initial public offering (IPO) of up to US$360 million on the New York Stock Exchange.
Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett has a message about the insurability of Elon Musk’s future SpaceX missions. “It would depend on the premium,” the Oracle of Omaha joked Saturday during Berkshire’s annual shareholders’ meeting, live streamed on Yahoo Finance.
Marc Rowan steers firm toward future as credit-investing titan catering largely to insurers with ample cash to park
This morning we see more funding rounds, major insurers partner to insure global vaccine rollout, and the LMA has announced their new Legal Director.
Trend-led brands will help establish the ‘winning insurance brokers for the next decade’
In the last few hours, WTW released data on last quarter’s record-breaking funding, and other moves and updates in the world of insurtech.
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.
New data from re/insurance broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW) shows that global investment in the insurtech sector reached a new quarterly high of $2.55 billion during the first quarter of 2021.
The insurance industry has proven its resilience. Through the disruptions of COVID-19 and massive claims from storms and other catastrophic events, valuations have gradually improved.
A new report from Accenture says Australian and global insurers should work towards building an “intelligent, data driven” operating model to elevate business performance.
Steve Jobs trained consumers too well, says Kjell Gruner, the new president and chief executive officer of Porsche Cars North America Inc. And now car companies have a lot of catching up to do to match Apple Inc.’s standards for user interface.
Technology is redefining the very way our world works. From general knowledge to private data, we as a cohort have access to more information than any others through the course of human history.
Insurance services are promises that only really get tested in the event of a claim, according to Mark Stephenson, head of business development and market relationships at Liberty Specialty Markets, which is why it makes sense to integrate claims across the entire business.
W.R. Berkley Corp.’s Berkley One expanded into Maryland and broadened its product offerings in other states where it does business.
The Insurance Protection Gap: What is it and how does it affect the insurance industry and our quality of life?
The insurance industry has been developing fast in the past few years. Companies have been focused on growth and increasing their Gross Written Premiums (GWP), but are facing increasing challenges such as tough competition, a low interest rate environment, growing customer expectations and regulatory scrutiny.
COVID-19 has placed insurers of all shapes and sizes before a host of unaccustomed challenges. But as vaccines are rolled out and we move beyond the acute phase of the pandemic, there are increasing opportunities on offer as well – where insurers can play a role in addressing the pain points that consumers and businesses face in the new normal.
In our newly released webinar, The Principles of Claims Efficiency, FRISS and co-founder Christian van Leeuwen teamed up with Karen Mican, Chief Claims Officer at RSA Canada, and Ben Allen, co-founder and CTO at Laka, to answer some of your most pressing questions on claims efficiency.
The increased amount of data cloud providers can provide as more information moves to the cloud will help underwriters write cyber risk and their policyholders in turn, say insurers and a cloud provider.
The pandemic has changed a lot of things — online shopping, at-home entertainment, work arrangements, take out and food delivery — and telemedicine.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society. With climate-related catastrophe losses continuing to climb, insurers are in a unique position to recognize just how high the stakes of climate change truly are.
Today Munich-based insurtech insureQ announces raising a €5 million seed round led by Nauta Capital, with existing investors Flash Ventures and GFC also participating.
Insurance markets are competitive (and getting more competitive with new market entrants), and insurance products are complex (and getting more complex with changing customer expectations).
Touchless digital insurance, for years a mirage somewhere in the future for the insurance industry, is here to stay thanks to Covid-19. High-growth breakout successes of the past few years such as Lemonade, Hippo, Next, Root and–if I may be bold, my company Neptune–highlight how innovation in the use of data can change every aspect of the insurance supply chain.
Insurance giant AXA Switzerland now allows customers to pay premiums in bitcoin.
Lloyd’s announced the next 11 InsurTech start-ups that are participating in the sixth cohort of its Lloyd’s Lab innovation accelerator program.
Trevor Carvey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO) of newly launched P&C reinsurer Conduit Re, has said that he expects 2021 to mark a “generational transformation” in the way the re/insurance industry operates.
Clearcover has raised $200 million in fresh capital as part of a late-stage financing round led by Eldridge, the investment firm helmed by Los Angeles Dodgers owner Todd Boehly, the digital car-insurance startup will announce on Tuesday.
Over the past ten years, the world has become increasingly on-demand in order to cater to the preferences of Gen-Zs and millennials. The on-demand generation refers to being able to order things easily and quickly as the need for them arises. Examples of on-demand services that are currently dominating the world including Uber (rides), Airbnb (housing), and Instacart (groceries).
Over the past ten years, the world has become increasingly on-demand in order to cater to the preferences of Gen-Zs and millennials. The on-demand generation refers to being able to order things easily and quickly as the need for them arises. Examples of on-demand services that are currently dominating the world including Uber (rides), Airbnb (housing), and Instacart (groceries).
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the threat and likelihood of cyber security breaches for organizations, Munich Re’s 2020 cyber risk report found. Despite the growing risk of cyber attacks, its insurance coverage products and services are still failing to catch up.
As GenZ becomes more influential as consumers, their expectations for services and interactions will include many AI-based offerings. Add the purchasing power of the Millennial generation with that of GenZ, and all businesses must evolve to meet these collective expectations for technology.
The insurtech sector has emerged as one of the most significant players in the UK’s fintech industry, continuously reaping investments, even amid a myriad of economic disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have come a long way, both in terms of adoption across the broader technology landscape and the insurance industry specifically. That said, there is still much more territory to cover, helping integral employees like claims adjusters do their jobs better, faster and easier.
Insurance has always been a valuable option for those looking to protect themselves from potential threats, and the pandemic has even further reenforced the importance of preparing for the unexpected. However, some customers have been deterred from enrolling in insurance coverage with traditional companies, due to barriers like complicated coverage options and unclear eligibility requirements.
According to the Lloyd’s yearly market report, the 2020 casualty treaty market saw a number of pre-existing trends accelerate as the market faced issues such as diminishing capacity, tightening policy coverage and significant price strengthening in distressed and high exposure accounts across most lines of business.
New UK brands include Lloyds Bank, Love To Rent, Moovshack, OpenBrix, Utilita and Movinghub, with many more to come in 2021
As technology has reshaped the world in recent years, it’s also become an integral part of the financial industry. The emergence of financial technology companies, or fintech for short, has changed the way we spend money, take out loans, and track our budgets.
Astorya.io, which aims to serve as the search engine for Insurance and Banking technologies, has published a blog post, titled InsurTech Europe: 10 Years Of InsurTech In Europe Analyzed Through 800+ Startups (based on data from astorya.io).
The insurance industry has been in the midst of digital transformation in recent years – but experts say this technological shift has been accelerated by the need to address the unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic.
A new smart contract-based insurance marketplace is promising radical efficiency and more coverage for the long-underserved crypto industry.
From the SolarWinds breach to the recent Microsoft Exchange server breach, 2021 is already shaping up to be a landmark year in cybersecurity.
The pandemic has facilitated the digital transformation of the global economy, and the insurance industry may be the next major market that’s ripe for disruption.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made many companies across all markets reevaluate what it takes to survive and grow during this global crisis. In the Insurance industry those tools are innovation and M&A activity.
Recently, there has been a seismic shift in the C-suite with most the likes of the CFO and CIO, among others, taking on much more strategic roles in the business. One roll though, that has largely remained unchanged for decades is that of the Chief Underwriting Officer.
Insurance aggregator GramCover provides affordable, customised, and well-rounded insurance products designed for agriculture and rural India. Founded in 2016, the agri insurance startup aims to become the centre of all risk and insurance in villages, ‘gai se gaadi tak’.
What’s to be seen is whether there will be savings in terms of moving to a microservices architecture vis-à-vis when compared to legacy. Microservices with analytics will be the next normal for any life insurance company.
Insurance isn’t known as a fast-moving industry. The oldest names in the business have been around for centuries. And the core business proposition — paying policyholders in bad circumstances using money from those who averted disasters — has pretty much stayed the same.
Data and analytics firm GlobalData expects COVID-19 to be far and away the most important theme for the insurance industry in 2021, but that sustainability will continue to be an essential long-term issue.
Insurance providers have long struggled to incentivize behaviors that minimize risk — and thus save everyone money. In the past ten years, however, insights from behavioral science have given providers a new framework for encouraging healthy behaviors. Connected devices can translate those behaviors into cost savings.
“Specific and deep.” That is the type of service brokers need to be providing their clients in the cyber insurance spaces, says Shannan Fort, partner, financial lines, cyber at McGill and Partners. To be successful, brokers need to clearly understand their role and have a firm grasp on the remit of their responsibilities.
As per a report jointly released by TiE Delhi and Zinnov, the number of unicorns in India is expected to rise to 100 by 2025.
Juniper Research: Insurtech Platform Premiums to Exceed $556 Billion Globally in 2025, as AI Drives Market Transformation. Insurtech to Represent 8% of Global Insurance Premiums by 2025.
What are the main Insurtech disruption trends of 2021? In this article four of the UK’s leading insurtechs discuss the decline of traditional insurance and the rise of disruptive innovation in the sector
In Europe and across the world, there’s hope that life will start to return to normal this year. But although people may begin to work, socialise and travel as we used to, the way we purchase insurance – and indeed what we want from our insurers – will never be the same.
Insurance businesses are “jewels” of the Berkshire Hathaway business, said chairman and CEO Warren Buffett as the firm’s Reinsurance Group reported huge underwriting losses in 2020.
Insurers in 2021 will be doubling down on streamlining, reinforcing their core businesses and updating technology, and M&A will help them get there as it did in 2020, according to a new Bain & Company report.
The IPOs of several insurance companies, such as Lemonade Inc (NYSE: LMND), in 2020 may lead to additional companies in the sector hitting the public market in 2021. Companies could explore a traditional IPO or a SPAC deal to bring their insurance companies public.
Healthcare organizations have to contend with the coronavirus pandemic and its lingering impacts, and shifting consumer demands for fast and convenient services. Healthcare players are being forced to move on their digital transformation efforts, and Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are lending their tech-savviness to become partners for the job.
Last year, Getsafe launched in the UK – marking the start of the company’s expansion into new markets. Despite the challenges presented by the global pandemic, Getsafe pushed on with its agenda, including gaining $30 million in new funding and beginning partnerships with leading price comparison websites. It’s time to look back on 2020.
PTOLEMUS Consulting Group forecasts that European motor insurance premiums for employed and self-employed last-mile delivery will grow to €5.8 billion by 2030.
Managing general agencies (MGAs) in Canada are currently engaging in very little mergers and acquisitions activity among themselves because the market is still growing organically and is less mature than in other countries, the managing director of the national MGA trade association told Canadian Underwriter recently.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt by the insurance industry and its customers well into 2021 as consumers and businesses continue to face economic challenges, according to a new survey by consumer credit reporting firm TransUnion.
The desire to travel is strong. While lockdowns, travel restrictions and ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks have seriously hampered our wanderlust in 2020, vaccinations give us some optimism for travel in 2021.
It will come as no surprise to learn that the COVID-19 pandemic was by far the biggest concern for the respondents to the WEF’s annual survey.
3 Ways to Address Cyber Risk and the Pandemic: What You Must Do to Keep an Eye on This Expanding Risk
The total number of global ransomware reports increased by 715% in the first half of 2020 year-over-year, according to Bitdefender’s Mid-Year Threat Landscape Report 2020.
A new report by Travelers reaffirms the company’s belief that the auto insurance industry will play a “critical role” as lawmakers, regulators and society adjust to innovations in transportation, including the shift towards autonomous driving.
Increasingly digital customers are demanding more from insurers. They want help preventing injury and loss. And insurers who re-invent their offerings with AI capabilities will be poised to deliver.
Experts looking at the InsurTech sector for 2021 see both more of the same and new things ahead. Some predict more IPOs, M&A and partnerships. Others expect new InsurTech ideas to fully take root, such as the embedding of insurance into every financial and retail transaction.
With assets under management of around €10 trillion, insurers in Europe have plenty of financial clout to drive changes that will promote sustainability earn them more trust among customers.
It’s an understatement to say that 2020 has brought new risks to the forefront for insureds, while introducing new challenges for the re/insurance industry. However, over the past tumultuous 12 months, the reinsurance market has been able to find opportunities to develop business and stay on course.
After a year of economic turmoil, the US emerged from 2020 with its insurtech crown intact. American companies accounted for 39 places in FinTech Global’s InsurTech 100 (2020) – almost double that of its closest competitor. Of the insurtech megarounds completed by the third quarter, 75% took place in the US, with insurtechs flourishing in startup strongholds like Silicon Valley and New York, and across the Midwest and South.
AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. said it won’t insure oil and gas projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, becoming the first North American underwriter to make the commitment after pressure from native Alaskans and environmentalists.
Today when we speak about digital transformation within insurance, it can sound like it is something relatively new. In actuality, technology has been playing a pivotal role in the insurance industry for decades.
As we look back on 2020 – and aren’t we all glad to be doing that? – it’s safe to say that the rate of change in the insurance industry accelerated at least tenfold.
Both startups and established players in the reinsurance industry are likely to have a strong focus on expense efficiency in 2021, according to Dmitry Mnushkin, President of Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance software specialists, Treefrog Consulting.
The head of New York Life Ventures talks about the impact of the pandemic on the world of InsurTech investment.
Most Consumers Want Insurers to Handle Personal Cyber Threats as Pandemic Drives Digital Consumption, Accenture Report Finds
Three out of four consumers (76%) would welcome assistance from their insurer in dealing with cybersecurity threats as the pandemic drives more consumers online, according to a new report from Accenture.
We cannot wait for 2020 to be over. Despite what we all feared in March, insurtech has continued to flourish, with lots of capital supporting the sector in public and private markets, closer integration between incumbents and startups, and promising solutions for long-time needs in SME and cyber.
From dematerialization to personalization. From IoT to Machine Learning. From Virtual Reality to gamification…and more. Here are the top 10 digital trends for insurance.
Lloyd’s of London is scaling back its exposure to coal and oil sands, the commercial insurance market said in its first sustainability report on Wednesday, in a reversal of its traditional hands-off approach to climate change strategy.
With the Covid-19 pandemic accelerating the development of technology, insurance technology (insurtech) is gaining traction. This year, the market has seen the successful initial public offerings of numerous disruptive insurtech players or startups in the US like Lemonade, with Hippo expected to follow next year, and this trend is expected to be repeated in Southeast Asia.
German insurance technology startup Wefox expects to achieve revenue of 300 million euros ($365 million) and be profitable at the operating level next year, its founder and CEO, Julian Teicke, said in an interview.
Cyber insurance has been identified as a key growth area for London, according to a study conducted by the City of London Corporation and Accenture.
In an interview with Karen Webster, Hippo CEO Assaf Wand made the case that online platforms can solve the pain points of getting claims paid, but also set up a steady oversight of home maintenance that keeps trouble spots to a minimum.
Analysts at RBC Capital Markets predict that Lloyd’s insurers are likely to retain more business on their own balance sheets as pricing in the market continues to improve.
The rise of the sharing economy has dramatically reshaped marketing thought and practice. The projected revenue from sharing accommodations and transportation alone will surpass $335 billion in 2025. The recent initial public offerings of Uber and Lyft exemplify this remarkable growth.
Insurers pummeled by the pandemic are looking to deals as they race to see who’ll emerge strongest when the outbreak subsides.
India’s smartphone insurance market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 29% to touch $500 million (about Rs 3,678 crore) by 2025, according to a report by consulting firm RedSeer.
Insurtech company Cuvva is urging the insurance industry to make their coverage options more flexible for UK students travelling back home for Christmas.
Braxtone Group unveils new motor claims recovery platform after graduating from regulatory sandbox of Bahrain Central Bank.
It’s not just tech behemoths who are invading the turf of insurers these days and giving the industry a run for its money.
If the last nine months have made anything clear, it is that the pandemic has fundamentally changed both buying and driving habits for UK motorists. The latest Tempcover research has revealed that online-only used car sales had increased fifteen-fold during the pandemic among 2,000 survey respondents.
Insurance companies should pay close attention to insurtechs—not because they’re coming to attack, but because they’re coming to collaborate. For established insurers, insurtechs can be digital enablers that drive the adoption of digital technologies along the value chain.
Demand for predictive analytics is on the rise as life insurers look for new ways to boost business performance and customer relations in a tight market, according to a new study from Willis Towers Watson
External attacks on companies result in the most expensive cyber insurance losses, but it is employee mistakes and technical problems that are the most frequent generator of claims by number, according to a report from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS)
Established insurers will face a squeeze on profits and market share as new financial technology companies muscle in on the industry, a senior European Union official said on Wednesday
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