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News
If 2015 Was the Year of the Robos, What’s Next in Advisor Technology?
29 DEC 2015 | Charles Schwab (SCHW) rolled out its Intelligent Portfolios retail digital-advice platform in early March. It launched its Institutional Intelligent Portfolios platform for RIAs in late June, offering 450 ETFs across 28 asset classes. White-labeled with the advisor’s name, IIP has a $5,000 minimum investment for clients, with no fees to advisors who custody a minimum of $100 million on Schwab’s platform. In its third-quarter financial results announced in October, Schwab said total client assets in Schwab Intelligent Portfolios rose by $1.1 billion from Q2 to $4.1 billion as of Sept. 30.
6 industry execs on what to expect in 2016
29 DEC 2015 | We look ahead to 2016 by asking six retirement industry executives what they see coming in the defined contribution plan space. One trend we've seen is that of consolidation, which analysts confirm. “Recordkeeping costs for sponsors and participants are half what they were 10 years ago,” says Brooks Herman, head of data research at BrightScope, an analytics firm that tracks the defined contribution space.
2016 Prediction: P/C Pricing Pressures Will Force Broad Rate Declines
29 DEC 2015 | After a banner 2015 for the U.S. property/casualty insurance sector, pricing pressures will lead to stagnation or rate declines in 2016, Kroll Bond Rating Agency Inc. predicted. Pricing will either be flat or down over the next 12 to 18 months, with the biggest pressure in commercial lines, property and reinsurance, Kroll said in its U.S. Property/Casualty Insurers 2016 outlook.
What’s next for the life insurance industry?
29 DEC 2015 | If you are thinking that “what’s next” for the life insurance industry has something to do with the experience around buying and owning life insurance products, think again. Yes, the life insurance industry has a big opportunity to improve the current state of the customer experience. Companies are improving the complex and inauthentic language used in communications, improving engagement levels with consumers, reducing friction in the underwriting process, and creating the ability to transact in an “omni-channel” way.
LII survey reveals positive industry forecast for 2016
28 DEC 2015 | Two-thirds of respondents expect life and health insurance sales to rise in 2016, according to the Life Insurance International (LII) December reader survey.One-third expect sales to increase substantially, and one-third told LII they expect sales...
The top 20 stories in 2015 (numbers 1-10)
28 DEC 2015 | Here is the top ten in COVER magazine's countdown of the most read protection, healthcare and employee benefits stories during 2015. 1) Talking dog for Vitality ad campaign By far the most popular story of 2015 (in terms of readers) was the fact that a talking sausage- dog named Stanley was the star of Vitality's advertising campaigns.
2016 health insurance outlook: 10 new predictions
28 DEC 2015 | A year ago, major new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) programs and health insurance rules were falling toward the health insurance community like a hammer. Today, the PPACA hammer may finally be touching the insurance community's hair.Employers and insurers are getting ready to send out a blizzard of PPACA forms.
Insights
Consiglio dal Medico - official service Partner of the Italy Malaysia Business Association
22 DEC 2015 | Consiglio dal Medico selected as official service Partner by the Italy Malaysia Business Association (IMBA) A collaboration between the Italy Malaysia Business Association (IMBA) and Consiglio dal Medico has been forged to give IMBA Members access to Consiglio dal Medico as part of their membership benefits.
Does Insurance as a Service (IaaS) work?
22 DEC 2015 | he black box makes it possible for Insurers to enrich their auto insurance value proposition by adding services built upon data provided by telematics. This is an element to be taken in consideration when evaluating the overall ROI of a telematics program. On the one hand, these services represent a way of de-commoditizing the car insurance policy and are also a source of income. On the medium/long term, this characteristic will become more and more important because of the de-risking trend in the MTPL business –due to the technological progress when it comes to security and connected cars.
Agenda
The Insurance Summit 2016: Guardians of the Future
25 FEB 2016 | With the overall theme being “Insuring the Uninsured” the Insurance Summit 2016 will focus on the disruptive forces shaping the future of the industry and delve into the commercial and new growth opportunities arising from market consolidation and a closer alignment with the sustainable development agenda. Key topics and confirmed speakers include: The role of insurance as a risk manager in society Lise Kingo, Executive Director Global Compact, United Nations examines the findings of the “Insurance 2030” UN report. In order to provide universal access to insurance and prevent the uninsured from the impact of climate change and natural disasters, is there a need to establish Insurance Development Goals, in line with the UN’s SDGs? New opportunities through consolidation Bart de Smet, Chief Executive Officer, Ageas examines how western insurance companies can continue to grow through joint ventures and contextualises this with Ageas’ experience entering new markets particularly in Asia. Michel Khalaf, President EMEA, Metlife will present the company’s strategy for thriving in the Middle East and Africa. The evolution of risk through technology From the rapid spread of the Internet of Everything through to the Internet of Things and the rise of smart cities, driverless cars, and artificial intelligence, Maurice Tulloch, Chairman, Aviva Global General Insurance and Chief Executive Officer, Aviva UK and Florian Herzog, Chief Engineer and Founder, swissQuant will elaborate on what priorities should the insurance sector have in order to remain relevant and connected to its clients in a technological world? Who should attend: • Directors and senior business decision-makers responsible for business strategy, development, risk management, regulation, legal and marketing (COO, CTO, CRO) • Economists • Investment advisors • Insurance specialists/intermediaries • Fund Managers • Actuaries/Accountants/Auditors From industries including: General Insurance and Re-Insurance, Insurance Brokers, Life, Medical Insurance and Healthcare cover, Loss Adjusters & Claims Service providers, Specialists/intermediaries(accountants, actuaries, consultants, lawyers and software providers, Government and Regulators, policy makers, professional associations, academia, media Why attend the Insurance Summit 2016? • Learn about new growth prospects, where to find them and how to close the global protection gap • Challenge the adequacy of current business models and discover what the insurance company of the future looks like • Explore the opportunities consolidation offers and whether it will drive expansion into new markets • Gain insights on disruptive technologies that will transform the insurance industry • Discuss how to tackle climate change, foster sustainable development and the industry's relevance for these global endeavours Insurtech News subcribers are entitled to a 20% discount on the delegate registration fee of £995 + VAT. Contact me today for your booking code. Contact: Laurence Allen, Marketing Manager Email: laurenceallen@economist.com Tel: 0044 (0) 207 576 8118 About Economist Events: Economist Events gather the world’s top thinkers to build insight and exchange views on the issues that define our world. With a uniquely global perspective, we create over 100 unusually high level and engaging live and virtual events each year. Our aim is to bring clarity to complex problems, inspire ideas and to help our audiences make better decisions.
Consumer Telematics Show 2016
05 JAN 2016 | The Consumer Telematics Show (CTS) kicks off the calendar year for the connected car community, serving two strategic purposes; it gives automakers a platform for new partnership and product announcements and acts as the largest and most focused meeting point for 500+ automotive execs during International CES®.