Catastrophe Models Are More Accessible, Insightful and Prevalent Than Ever

Five years ago, catastrophe(CAT) modelling was relatively unknown. Today, CAT modelling for hurricanes and earthquakes is fast becoming the norm in property underwriting, for catastrophes that can obliterate otherwise stable businesses. Commercially viable CAT models started emerging only in the last quarter century. Earlier, rudimentary methods were employed to estimate catastrophic losses as historical loss […]

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API-led Platform businesses rising – Swiss Re’s iptiQ in focus

Digital ecosystems, orchestrated by powerful platform businesses and crisscrossing traditional industry sectors, are estimated to top 30% of global economic activity by 2025. While Amazon, Google, Alibaba, Tencent are early pioneers, others are shaping up across strata, in B2B as well as B2C. They thrive by efficiently matching supply with demand while solving deep entrenched […]

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Cryptocurrency boom stokes insurer interest, Coincover funding the latest cue

The cryptocurrency industry has been on a roll, peaking at a market capitalization of $2.2 trillion this April.  Motivated by its growing popularity, major corporate investors evinced an interest. Tesla acquired $1.5 billion of bitcoin (BTC) in January 2021 while MicroStrategy stockpiled $2.2 billion of BTC. Insurers slow to enter the crypto world, are warily […]

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From Damage Assessment to Driver Assistance, Computer Vision Tech Pervades

In a historic 2012 ImageNet competition, a team led by Geoff Hinton debuted a new network architecture whose performance outshone all previous efforts at computer-based image recognition. With that, the era of deep learning was born, with computer vision as its original use case. Since then, computer vision capabilities have raced ahead. In layman terms, […]

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As European Insurtech Surges, Learnings from a Maturing First Wave

  In the first half of 2021, European insurtech start-ups surpassed the 2020 total capital invested by more than a billion dollars, nearing $1.9 billion at end of May. The continent saw a few mega-deals, such as health insurer Alan’s €185 million Series D and fraud-detection software provider Shift Technology’s $220 million round. Other insurtechs […]

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The Different Shades of Insurance-In-A-Box Solutions

Back in 2007, when the concept of a pre-configured, fully integrated framework for transformation was largely unheard of, Infosys Technologies had launched Finacle Bank-in-a-Box (BIAB), a fully web-enabled application and process stack in a ready to deploy state for three regions – Europe, Middle East and South East Asia. Bank Sohar in Oman had successfully […]

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The Underwriter’s Gambit Part 3: Third Party Data In Auto Insurance

In previous parts of this series, increased usage of algorithmic underwriting in complex risks and prevalence of integrated workbenches in life insurance were discussed, as ways in which traditional underwriting was modernizing. In this final part, the use of third party, alternative data in auto insurance underwriting is the focus. A recent Deloitte study found, […]

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The Underwriter’s Gambit Part 2: Algorithm-Led Advances in Complex and Specialty Risks

In Part 1, underwriter workbenches were described as platforms to support underwriters in making complex decisions at speed and with confidence. Workbenches come equipped with relevant insights about clients and the risk being underwritten, along with a modern user interface to enable frictionless data flow. Historically, underwriting has been a nuanced aspect of insurance, seldom […]

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The Underwriter’s Gambit Part 1: A New Workbench

During last year’s lockdowns, a 35-year-old New Orleans resident went online, and in the time it took to finish his freshly brewed coffee, he secured a $750,000 life insurance policy. Until recently, the same policy took over a month, requiring a battery of medical tests. The life policy was purchased from a new age life […]

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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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