Benchmarking Innovation: What Do Indices Foretell?

In a recent analysis of innovation assessment scores, a new addition to its carrier credit rating framework, AM Best found scores a tad below those from a year ago. The drop, it claimed, was on account of pandemic challenges. By calibrating innovation inputs (such as leadership, culture) and innovation outputs (results and levels of transformation) […]

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Is Pricing Innovation In Insurance A Zero Sum Game?

Pricing is no longer the cost-plus game in insurance it used to be. Insurers wrestle with demands of better and more agile pricing to stay competitive amid technology fueled market dynamics. Price-comparison websites have empowered consumers to compare products and decide best choices for their unique needs. Consumers are also more amenable to novel propositions […]

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A Confluence Of Evolving Themes In Insurtech

After eleven weeks of chronicling discernible trends and dominant movers in insurtech, I have barely scratched the surface of major shifts the $5 trillion global insurance industry is embarking upon. Meantime, I have covered upstart unicorns, innovating incumbents and those in between. The period saw more press go to extol virtues of the booming insurtech […]

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The Elusive Sweet Spots In Insurtech Evolution

Hardly anyone would argue that change and innovation are not necessary in insurance. The $5 trillion global insurance industry is large, complex and capital intensive. With various relatively untapped market segments and under-penetrated world regions, the onset of PE/VC investments did herald the beginning of buoyant sentiment for more dramatic change and innovation than the […]

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An elephant will not forget…

All good things become other good things and as such will be my tenure at the Daily Fintech.  Seventeen months ago, I was welcomed to the blog’s author cohort by DF’s Managing Editor, Bernard Lunn.  In the ensuing period  I was a privileged author working with and conveying insurance and Insurtech news and goings-ons.  I’ll […]

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It’s easy being a successful innovator, if one can simply peer into the Black Box of Magical Solution

The last several months have given me more exposure to the machinations of innovative insurance ideas, details, and outcome to the point where one must wonder how there are hundreds of legit, active ideas making their way through incubators, plug and plays, sandboxes, sprints, tech fests, virtual pitches, and so on.  Insurance is a $5 […]

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Interesting view – watching the river of insurance news and much floats by…

News comes in torrents in the digital environment, even the traditional masthead periodicals are issuing multiple digital headline bulletins each day.  Same goes for insurance periodicals, blogs, and newsletters.  So, I sit by the digital rapids, trying to catch a few drops from the current.  This week’s article is a sample of the tastes I […]

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The insurance earth is flat. Digital conferences have helped prove that theory.

Being a last minute addition to two Digital Insurance Innovation Conference Africa 2020 panels has proven the Flat Earthers’ hypothesis- the earth is not a spherical barrier to virtual navigation, and taking the concept one step further, insurance innovation has loosed its bindings from its earthly coil and barriers raised by regulatory frontiers.   Patrick […]

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Is this how we will be seeing how the insurance industry is changing?

It’s not disruption, innovation, or reaction to pandemic that is prompting change in the insurance industry- it’s all of those and more.  Look at the news that comes in fire hose volume and force- Hippo raising $150 million for a $1.5 billion valuation as an MGA, Burn to Give continuing to build its social benefit […]

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An economic system with growing gaps and an upside-down model

Efi Pylarinou is the founder of Efi Pylarinou Advisory and a Fintech/Blockchain influencer – No.3 influencer in the finance sector by Refinitiv Global Social Media 2019. The interaction of Humans and Machines is becoming more core to my focus. Finance is an integral part of our socio-economic fabric and Artificial intelligence (in a very broad sense) […]

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