The Climate Change Conundrum Part 1: Insurers’ Maneuvers

A study of insured losses over the last half century reveals that weather-related events have significantly escalated compared to non-climate perils. Between 2010 and 2019, global insured losses from wildfires increased by 500%. On the other hand, the humanitarian aid deficit grew from a little under a billion dollars two decades ago, to $4 billion […]

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Is AI “Pie In the Sky” For Insurance Distribution?

Globally, insurers contend with numerous distribution challenges — whether it is by virtue of the shift to remote sales networks or from balancing tech-assisted and human sales. Artificial intelligence (AI) is known to create seamless and personalized experiences with solutions ranging from lead prioritization to automated underwriting. Evidently, the most impact from AI, with as […]

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Factors Underlying Insurtech valuations

Insurers seemingly don’t attract the adulation they deserve from investors. Despite a core subset of insurers delivering strong operational results, share-to-price performance has largely lagged other financial companies. The KBW Nasdaq Insurance Index (KIX), which reflects performance of US carriers, has trailed performance of the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF), which tracks financial-services companies, […]

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Tesla Scores with Safety Program – Driving Behavior Determines Premium

  During its quarterly earnings call, Tesla divulged the launch of its telematics insurance in Texas. Tesla Insurance rolled out a Safety Score program, with plans to actively track driver behavior to presage the likelihood of a collision. The program will be fine-tuned as they receive more data, ostensibly setting them apart from competition in […]

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Regulatory Sandboxes Chug Along, Find A Place In The Sun

Initially conceptualized for fintech, regulatory sandbox programs have since expanded to other areas. These sandboxes benefit innovators by allowing government regulations to be exempted in usage of new technologies and innovations, until regulators can ascertain the product or service is useful. Buffeting specific themes for new products, sandboxes stimulate business growth and serve to launch […]

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Largest Indian Bank Deftly Scales Its Embedded Platform

Until the end of this decade, Asia is expected to account for half of global consumption growth, presenting a $10 trillion opportunity. Half of upper-middle income households are expected in Asia, with one in every two consumer transactions likely to be generated from the region. The consumer markets are changing with new growth avenues for […]

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Win Some, Lose Some in Accelerated Life Insurance Underwriting

Life insurance ownership has seen a decline in the recent past. There was an estimated $25 trillion gap between coverage purchased and needed in the event of a loved one’s death in 2016, in the US alone. Suboptimal processes might have contributed to this shortfall. Consider something as basic as getting a physical examination, often […]

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The State of the Claims Technology Modernization Market

With the spread of digital claims, major changes are upon us, such as rising adoption in virtual estimates for auto and property claims and telemedicine for injury claims. For simple claims, fully digital processes are taking center stage with claims staff tasked with covering blind spots from artificial intelligence (AI) and ensuring superior customer experience. […]

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Risk Exchange Platforms for Reinsurance Gain Prominence

The future of reinsurance (RI) markets is being reshaped by new technology, alternative capital and reinsurers bundling value-added services with reinsurance. These forces are leading to new trends, in a backdrop of changing RI buying patterns, emerging risks and the realities of ever changing regulation. Placement processes have evolved at a slow pace while acquisition […]

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Digital Health Ecosystems Part 3: Emerging Possibilities, Unfettered Potential

  This concluding part extends the narrative from insurtech orchestrators (Part-1) and pioneers like Discovery’s Vitality (Part-2) to emerging ecosystem impacts, based on examples of Manulife and John Hancock, its US subsidiary. Customer-focused health ecosystems are being designed to seamlessly deliver the right care in the right setting at the right time. Globally, they are […]

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