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The Bitfury Group and Risk Cooperative partner to pioneer blockchain applications in insurance intermediation market

June 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Blockchain technology company The Bitfury Group and risk and insurance advisory firm Risk Cooperative have announced a strategic partnership to pioneer blockchain applications in the US$60 billion insurance intermediation market. Announced on Friday, the partnership will leverage Bitfury’s expertise in

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Insurance industry will be “profoundly disrupted” by technological change, global forum hears

June 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry will be profoundly disrupted by technological change, Vincent J. Dowling, Jr., managing partner of Dowling & Partners Securities LLC, told attendees at Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC)’s Young Professionals’ Global Forum 2017 in London, U.K. on

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Innovation-based disruption in personal lines insurance will drive new business models: Conning

May 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Technology-focused investments are pushing business model changes across industries, and insurance is not immune to these pressures, a new study by global investment management firm Conning suggested. Released on Wednesday, the study examines the changes that are underway in personal

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Technological change and cyber risk overtake regulation as top risks for global insurers: study

May 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global insurance industry’s ability to confront structural and technological changes is now the greatest risk it faces, according to a new survey of insurers and close observers of the sector, released on Tuesday. The Centre for the Study of

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Insurtech funding in Q1 2017 sees 64% drop from Q1 2016 to US$283 million: Willis Towers Watson Securities

May 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurtech funding in the first quarter of this year saw funding volume of US$283 million, a 64% drop from the first quarter of 2016’s total of US$783 million, likely the result of “start-ups moving from fundraising to product launch stage,”

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Global insurance industry to see “slightly increased” growth by 2018, P&C premium volume to grow by 4% on average: Munich Re

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global insurance industry is likely to see slightly increased growth by 2018, Munich Re reported on Thursday. Munich Re said in a press release that better economic prospects in the United States and in many emerging markets will offset

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Carriers should more fully explore potential in episodic insurance, CIAA event hears

April 17, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Insurance carriers need to more seriously consider the potential that exists in episodic insurance and how such an approach could alter offerings, Mukul Ahuja, leader of insurance strategy and innovation at Deloitte Canada, suggested Thursday. “Not nearly enough carriers are

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Larger liability claims expected to become more expensive, complex: AGCS

March 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

There is increasing potential for “larger liability claims to become more expensive, complex and international, demonstrating the pervasive and long-term nature of liability losses,” suggests a new global claims review released Thursday by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). Industrial,

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84% of polled insurance companies planning to make acquisitions in 2017: KPMG International

March 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The lion’s share of insurance companies taking part in a KPMG International-commissioned survey plan to make acquisitions in 2017, with most respondents saying their companies are being driven by need to transform business and operating models. The insurance sector looks