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Insurance and reinsurance technology related news, focused on the wave of interest in InsurTech start-ups, investing in insurance technology initiatives, as well as reinsurance tech start-ups or ReinsurTech.

Risk managers not up-to-par on disruptive technologies: Marsh/RIMS

3rd May 2017

Risk management professionals show an "alarming" lack of understanding and preparation to assess risks from disruptive technologies, including telematics, sensors, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart buildings, and robotics, said insurance broker Marsh in a joint report with the Risk Management Society (RIMS). 60% of respondants surveyed said they don't conduct ... Read the full article

InsurTech start-ups partnering with small insurers could take the lead in digital innovation: Willis

3rd May 2017

Small insurance businesses could be the front-runners of the digital transformation revolution, with 25% of their total premium digitally underwritten by 2020, Willis Towers Watson and CB Insights said in a dual Q1 report on InsurTech industry trends. In the innovation game, small insurers could have an edge over their larger ... Read the full article

The 2017 technological trends set to disrupt re/insurance business as usual

27th April 2017

Technology Vision has released its 2017 report on emerging technology trends with the most potential to disrupt the re/insurance industry; the analysis revealed that re/insurance experts' top priority for getting technology right is more about having the right ecosystems and distribution platforms than in grabbing hold of the latest gizmos ... Read the full article

​Barbican launches online automated quote and bind system

24th April 2017

Barbican Insurance Group, which underwrites re/insurance predominantly through its Lloyd's syndicates, has launched a new technology platform that will automate quoting and binding of new business through certain distribution channels. With the launch of 'The Hub', as the platform is named, Barbican hopes the online, automated quote and bind system will ... Read the full article

IT spending by global re/insurers to reach $184.8 billion by end of 2017

20th April 2017

Analysis from research and advisory firm Celent shows that global insurance and reinsurance industry IT spending is expected to reach $184.8 billion by the end of this year. Celent estimates IT spending, on software technology and infrastructure as a percentage of premium and says that digitalisation, data analytics, and legacy and ... Read the full article

Berkshire Hathaway’s Gen Re reveals growing predictive analytics uptake

20th April 2017

Berkshire Hathaway’s Gen Re - a leading life/health and property/casualty reinsurer - released results from its first global predictive analytics survey for life and health insurers, revealing low but growing levels of analytics uptake within a sector still struggling to innovate. The report surveyed 136 insurance carriers across 23 countries, and ... Read the full article

Ex-Goldman analyst Nannizzi Joins W. R. Berkley to focus on insurtech investments

19th April 2017

Michael Nannizzi, who was previously the lead equity analyst covering insurance at Goldman, Sachs & Co., is joining insurance and reinsurance group W. R. Berkley Corporation to take on a role focusing on evaluating investments in insurtech start-ups. Reflecting the importance of emerging insurance technology companies in the re/insurance industry, Nannizzi ... Read the full article

Hiscox appoints new Chief Information Officer

19th April 2017

Insurance and reinsurance group Hiscox has appointed a new Chief Information Officer (CIO), naming Ian Penny, previously CTO of Barclays in the role. At Hiscox, Penny will be in charge of the Group's IT, with a team of 300 under his leadership and will report directly to CEO Bronek Masojada. Penny replaces ... Read the full article

Technology – shifting global awareness and perception of re/insurance: Swiss Re

13th April 2017

Swiss Re’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Reinsurance, Moses Ojeisekhoba, has pointed to “encouraging” signs that technology is shifting global perception and awareness of insurance, as it simultaneously transforms the industry’s products into shorter-term, bite-size, and more cost-efficient solutions. Ojeisekhoba suggested people’s perceptions of insurance and its use is the “most important thing ... Read the full article

R3 and ACORD launch centre of excellence for distributed ledger tech

12th April 2017

R3, the financial technology, distributed ledger and blockchain consortium, have joined forces with ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development) to launch a Centre of Excellence for distributed ledger technology (DLT) for the global insurance industry. R3 has major insurers including MetLife, AIA and Suncorp Group, as well as other ... Read the full article

Conning forecasts record levels of M&A activity in 2017

10th April 2017

A record number of M&A transactions in the distribution end of the market, with tech-driven service providers and equity brokers at the forefront of the transaction boom, is predicted for 2017 in investment management firm, Conning’s, annual global insurance M&A study. Insurance brokers and private equity sponsors have been leading the ... Read the full article

Munich Re and Sompo become major investors in insurtech start-up Trov

7th April 2017

Munich Re’s venture capital subsidairy, HSB Ventures, has led a $45 million investment in technology start-up Trov, that will see the reinsurer act as investor and underwriting partner as the start-up expands into Europe, Asia and South Africa, Reuters reported. Japanese insurer Sompo Holdings has joined forces with the German reinsurance ... Read the full article

Big data enables re/insurers to develop new products & models: Insurance Europe

30th March 2017

Technological advances and the rise of big data in the global risk transfer industry enables insurers and reinsurers to develop new solutions and adapt their business models to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world, which should benefit consumers, says Insurance Europe. In response to the European Supervisory Authorities’ (ESAs) joint discussion paper on ... Read the full article

Harnessing big-data essential for re/insurers

17th March 2017

Learning to harness big-data to their benefit is essential for insurers and reinsurers looking to maintain and increase their market shares and profitability, according to Fitch Ratings. The rating agency explains in a new report that those failing to keep pace with technological change and innovation, such as how to leverage ... Read the full article

“Insurance 2.0” an opportunity to build revenue and resilience: Swiss Re

16th March 2017

The fusion and development of emerging and existing technology is expected to transform the international risk landscape and drive an evolution of the global insurance and reinsurance industry, highlighting a need for industry participants to adapt to "Insurance 2.0" or risk missing out, says Swiss Re. "Today, there's enormous potential for change ... Read the full article