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How insurtech Lemonade’s IPO is going so far

July 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Despite the pandemic-induced economic downturn, an insurtech that promises tenants quotes within minutes started trading this week on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares of Lemonade Inc. rose sharply July 2, closing at US$69.41, more than double the price at

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How IBC would change auto insurance regulation in four provinces

June 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador should be allowed to buy pay-per mile insurance, an Insurance Bureau of Canada official says. Those four provinces already allow usage-based insurance, wrote Ryan Stein, IBC’s executive director of auto

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How the industry can take advantage of artificial intelligence

June 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokerages who use artificial intelligence could find opportunities to upsell based on changes in a client’s lifestyle, according to a software vendor executive. The more data you feed a machine learning model and the more you train it, the better

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How insurance company websites just beat out brokers in a U.S. consumer satisfaction study

June 15, 2020 by David Gambrill

For the first time in two decades, insurance company websites in the United States have become a more popular place for consumers to buy their auto insurance than through the broker channel, a U.S. auto insurance consumer satisfaction study has

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Self-driving cars may not reduce as many crashes as you think: report

June 10, 2020 by Adam Malik

Insurers expecting the rise of autonomous vehicles to lower collisions may not get the results they were hoping for, according to a new report. It turns out that self-driving vehicles might prevent only about one-third of all collisions, says the

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How to make tenant insurance applications more user-friendly

June 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you think it is easy for clients to apply for tenant insurance, you might want to consider how much trivia those tenants actually know about the property they occupy. “Every insurance application has questions that aren’t user-friendly and they

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Customers not lauding insurers’ relief measures, but they aren’t shopping around either

June 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The majority of Canadian motorists surveyed are not satisfied with the financial relief measures offered by their insurers, a recently-released Leger Marketing poll indicates. “What struck me as interesting was that although 52% said they were not satisfied, 40% [of

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

June 2, 2020 by David Gambrill

Many insurance professionals in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry are taking a long-term view of the global novel coronavirus pandemic, seeing a world beyond the point at which a vaccine is developed and the virus no longer presents

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 29, 2020 by David Gambrill

It’s often been said that insurance is a “people business,” but establishing and maintaining personal relationships is challenged by social distancing requirements to prevent the spread of a global pandemic. Certain professional roles within the industry are perhaps more suited

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Contactless payment in a pandemic: There’s an app for that

May 29, 2020 by David Gambrill

Retail clients of brokers and insurers can now prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus by taking advantage of digital, contact-free payment methods now available on mobile apps. Increasingly, businesses will have to operate within the health and safety guidelines

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These types of businesses are in serious need of a cyber policy

May 28, 2020 by David Gambrill

With ransomware and financial fraud on the rise, smaller businesses in Canada are vulnerable, particularly less-sophisticated organizations that move large amounts of money. For smaller brokerage houses selling cyber, examples of your next opportunities may be car dealers, people involved

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Why insurers are investing more in this technology

May 27, 2020 by Adam Malik

Accelerated drone usage by the insurance industry is another of the ripple effects that will come as a result of change thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last few months have changed the way people and businesses interact due to