Renters Insurance: What You Need to Know

October 22, 2019 | 153 views

No one really sits around thinking about what kind of insurance is lacking in their lives. But if you're renting your home, whether it's an apartment or house, consider getting renters insurance. Based on the average cost from the National Insurance Commission, the average yearly cost comes out to about $180. That's a pretty small price to pay if the worst were to happen and all of your stuff was destroyed in one fell swoop.

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Reinsurance Market Maintaining Its Firming Trend

Article | August 4, 2022

Despite economic pressures on reinsurers and cedants, nearly all buyers were able to secure coverage during the reinsurance renewal period. However, attachment levels and the cost of ceding risk were higher than most buyers desired, and supply constraints in some lines and territories caused stress not seen in years. As a result, according to Gallagher Re's latest 1st View renewals report, the reinsurance market has maintained its firming trend. Despite mostly positive H1 2022 results, the combination of inflation and rising interest rates has caused reinsurers to adjust their balance sheets and reserves while also taking into account how a recessionary environment may increase claims frequency. These economic factors, combined with sustained loss levels, allowed reinsurers to maintain upward pricing pressure as they sought to reduce their appetite for volatility. Key Contributions to Understanding: Natural disaster capacity decreased overall as reinsurers continued to shift away from low-level layers, which differed by country and region. Reinsurers were seen assessing cedants' inflation-related actions and applying carefully calculated loadings to relevant treaties. The Russian invasion of Ukraine increased interest in cyber and war contract provisions. Long-tail casualty placements remained popular among reinsurers, but there was more debate about ceding commissions than in recent renewals. Higher ILS risk transfer prices have attracted net new capital, but this has not resulted in market softening. The inflation discussions have been detailed and technical, with reinsurers eager to challenge cedants' model outputs. Most reinsurers are assessing reserve adequacy as interest rates rise, in addition to their concerns about primary rate adequacy in the new inflationary environment. They are experiencing effects simultaneously on the asset and liability sides, which has strengthened their resolve to maintain the pricing momentum of the previous two years.

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8 POS Software Trends for 2022: New Forecasts and What's Next

Article | July 19, 2022

Online shopping is quickly becoming the new norm in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most retailers had to migrate their businesses to the cloud in order to meet the current demands of highly tech-savvy consumers, and the use of POS software has become more important than ever. A cloud-hosted POS solution is no longer an option for small and large businesses, but rather a requirement. POS systems have provided retailers with a more efficient way to track inventory and manage sales, replacing the old cash register and traditional methods of selling. As ecommerce grows, POS solutions play an important role in increasing convenience for online customers and providing a customer-centric experience. To keep up with the latest POS system developments, there is a list of the most important POS software trends to watch for. By understanding current POS software adoption reports and key insights, you can maximize the potential of your existing POS solution or, better yet, have better ideas on financing trends by POS that can bring value to your retail business. Consumers had to reorient their purchasing toward needs like food, medicine, and other home items as the viral pandemic threatened everyone's health and safety. The US Census Bureau recently released a report that found that throughout the pandemic, retail stores providing food and beverages saw the biggest monthly growth in retail sales. To better understand how POS systems are assisting retailers in overcoming the challenges posed by the rapidly changing retail landscape, here’s a list of the most recent and important POS software trends: Cashless Transactions via Mobile POS Systems Adoption of Cloud-Hosted POS Systems Multichannel Commerce Customer Layout Programs Personalized Shopping Experience AI Integration in POS Systems Use of POS Data Analytics Simple POS Hardware Investing in modern POS systems and maximizing their rich feature sets can help your retail business go a long way, from attracting new customers to retaining a loyal customer base that can drive sales and support your long-term growth.

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Security Think Up: It’s Time to Give a Thought About Cyber Insurance

Article | July 20, 2022

The rise in remote work during and after the pandemic has increased cyber vulnerabilities significantly. Cyber insurance protects your company from the financial consequences of cyber threats or data breaches involving computer systems and data. Credit card numbers, social security numbers, account numbers, health records, and driver's license numbers are examples of sensitive customer information. According to a recent SBA survey, 88% of small business owners believe they are vulnerable to a cyberattack. If your company is a victim of cybercrime, the cost of recovery can be prohibitively expensive, including specialized repairs and legal fees. One of the most difficult challenges is quantifying cyber risk. Although approaches and frameworks like NIST CSF, CIS 20, NCSC Cyber Essentials, and ISO 270001 aid in the development of cyber security capabilities, they do not provide the tools to quantify risk. As a result, leaders frequently overestimate their cyber maturity while underestimating cyber insurance premiums. Potential Cyberattack Types are: Breach of data: A breach occurs when critical information, such as personal financial information, is stolen. Cyber-attacks on computers:Your computer system is hacked and compromised in this type of cyberattack. Extortion via the internet:During an extortion threat to your company's computer system, thieves may demand ransom payments. To address these issues, a variety of approaches can be used, ranging from zero-trust models to multi-factor authentication (MFA) and end-point detection and response (EDR) (EDR and XDR). Protective monitoring, encryption applied to the most critical aspects of your network, and patch management processes can also provide insurers with the assurance they require. There are options for both small and large amounts of cyber liability coverage. A small cyber liability insurance policy could be added to the policy of a business owner. A larger cyber liability policy with higher limits would necessitate its own policy. Furthermore, they provide a real-time view of compliance through a risk-based approach that is consolidated, consistent, and aggregated across the entire organization. Workflow automation can help the IRM system become more efficient. By consolidating your risk management processes, you can ensure that controls continue to deliver on their objectives and demonstrate compliance with policies, standards, and regulations while having a lower impact on your day-to-day operational demands. All of this will make it easier to meet cyber insurers' requirements and give organizations confidence that their policy will protect them when they need it.

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Insurers Are Preparing to Accelerate Growth in 2022

Article | July 7, 2022

Despite ongoing concerns about COVID-19 variants, most insurers anticipate a faster economic recovery and increased investments in digital technology in 2022. One-third of those polled expect revenues to be "significantly higher" next year. The global demand for insurance is expected to rise further. Insurers face a variety of challenges, including economic hurdles such as the possibility of sustained inflation; sustainability concerns such as climate risk, diversity, and financial inclusion; and rapidly changing consumer product and purchase preferences. Attracting (and Retaining) Talent Will Be Critical in a Hybrid Work Environment Future of work considerations have also grown in importance as carriers strive to develop flexible return-to-office strategies while also struggling to retain and recruit high-level talent in a highly competitive job market, particularly for those with advanced technology and data analytics skills. Insurers Must Find a Way to Balance Technological Adoption with the Preservation of the Human Touch Insurers are becoming more reliant on emerging technologies and data sources to increase efficiency, improve cybersecurity, and expand capabilities across the organization. Most, however, should focus on improving the customer experience by streamlining processes with automation and providing customized service where needed and preferred. Opportunities to Increase Stakeholder Trust Have Arisen as a Result of the Pandemic On a more fundamental level, many carriers should consider taking steps to increase stakeholder trust in order to increase retention and profitability. This could be accomplished in part by increasing transparency in how insurers collect and use personal data. They can also become more proactive in seeking comprehensive solutions to large-scale societal issues, such as reducing the financial impact of future pandemics and closing coverage gaps for natural disasters.

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Buckle Named Best Rideshare & Delivery Driver Insurance Specialists

Buckle | August 02, 2022

Buckle, the financial services company providing auto insurance solutions for the gig economy, has received two awards in the 2022 FinTech Awards by Wealth & Finance International magazine. Buckle was named Best Rideshare & Delivery Driver Insurance Specialists 2022, as well as Most Innovative Rideshare Auto Insurance Product Provider in North America. “We’re so pleased to be recognized for our unique gig insurance and our deep commitment to the success of rideshare and delivery drivers. As both insurance and gig economy experts, our goal at Buckle is to advocate for our members and offer them access to products and services that simply aren’t available anywhere else. These awards reinforce our success in meeting those aspirations,” says Marty Young, Chief Executive Officer of Buckle. “We’re so pleased to be recognized for our unique gig insurance and our deep commitment to the success of rideshare and delivery drivers. As both insurance and gig economy experts, our goal at Buckle is to advocate for our members and offer them access to products and services that simply aren’t available anywhere else. These awards reinforce our success in meeting those aspirations,” says Marty Young, Chief Executive Officer of Buckle. Now in its sixth year, Wealth & Finance International magazine’s FinTech Awards recognize the firms that are redefining finance and banking for the modern age, and for the ever-changing modern consumer. About Buckle Buckle is the digital financial services company providing insurance for the gig industry. Serving the vital, rising middle class, Buckle protects drivers across personal, rideshare, and delivery driving for leading companies including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Gopuff, Instacart, Amazon Flex, Uber Eats, Grubhub, Favor, Shipt, and more. The company also offers insurance solutions for select partners. Buckle has received awards for 2022 including Best of Insurance, Best Rideshare & Delivery Driver Insurance Specialists, a Fastest Growing Company, Most Innovative Driveshare Driver Insurance Provider, Best Tech Startup, an InsurTech 50, and more. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and www.buckleup.com.

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Corvus Insurance Opens Continental European Office in Germany

Corvus | July 28, 2022

Corvus Insurance, the market-leading specialty insurance MGA offering Smart Commercial Insurance® products powered by AI-driven risk data, today announced the opening of a new continental European office in Frankfurt, Germany. The newest office location for Corvus creates a presence in continental Europe for the company — a first for a US-based insurtech — allowing Corvus greater flexibility to expand its international footprint and capabilities through new markets. “Frankfurt is located within the largest insurance market on the continent and the city has always been an international business hub across industries,” said Oliver Delvos, Head of International at Corvus Insurance. “Frankfurt is located within the largest insurance market on the continent and the city has always been an international business hub across industries,” said Oliver Delvos, Head of International at Corvus Insurance. “We will be able to spread our wings and develop our business with a true European focus.” The Frankfurt office will look to underwrite cyber insurance business for both small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and larger corporations. Coupled with product growth, Corvus seeks to increase employee headcount by attracting new talent to the industry and into tech. This will include offering positions for ‘Werkstudenten’ from universities as a way to provide graduates with potential career opportunities. “Cyber by its very nature is a global risk, and by expanding our operations into Europe, this will create new opportunities for our team to help even more policyholders and support our foundational mission of making the world a safer place,” said Lori Bailey, Chief Insurance Officer of Corvus Insurance. To learn more about Corvus, please visit https://www.corvusinsurance.com. About Corvus Corvus Insurance is building a safer world through insurance products and digital tools that reduce risk, increase transparency, and improve resilience for policyholders and program partners. Our market-leading specialty insurance products are enabled by advanced data science and include Smart Cyber Insurance®, Smart Tech E+O™, and Smart Cargo®. Our digital platforms and tools enable efficient quoting and binding and proactive risk mitigation. Corvus Insurance offers insurance products in the US, Middle East, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Current insurance program partners include AXIS Capital, Crum & Forster, Hudson Insurance Group, certain underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, R&Q Accredited, SiriusPoint, and Skyward Specialty Insurance. Corvus Insurance, Corvus London Markets, and Corvus Germany are the marketing names used to refer to Corvus Insurance Agency, LLC; Corvus Agency Limited; and Corvus Underwriting GmbH. All entities are subsidiaries of Corvus Insurance Holdings, Inc. Corvus Insurance was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with offices across the US, in the UK, and Germany. For more information, visit corvusinsurance.com.

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The Plymouth Rock Company Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Plymouth Rock | July 27, 2022

The Plymouth Rock Company, parent company of a leading group of auto and home insurance providers in the Northeast, announced that Andrew McElwee has been named President and Chief Operating Officer, taking over responsibility for the firm’s day-to-day operations from Hal Belodoff, following Belodoff’s planned retirement. Based in Boston, McElwee will report directly to Jim Stone, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Plymouth Rock Company. “I have known Andy for some years now and watched him excel as President of Homesite Group,” said Stone. “I have known Andy for some years now and watched him excel as President of Homesite Group,” said Stone. “We are thrilled to have him join our Plymouth Rock Assurance leadership team. His unique background and proven technical strengths will be invaluable in driving operational excellence and continuous improvement across the company. As COO, Andy will oversee all of our group presidents in formulating and executing strategies for profitable growth. I feel very lucky he has joined us.” McElwee joins Plymouth Rock from American Family Insurance, where he was most recently the Enterprise Chief Underwriting Officer. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Homesite Group, an affiliate of American Family. McElwee has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience, 25 of which were spent within the Chubb Corporation in various roles of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President of Chubb & Son and COO of Chubb Personal Insurance and Chubb Accident and Health. “I have long admired Jim Stone as an entrepreneur, innovator and industry leader,” said McElwee. “I’m delighted to join him by taking on the role of President and COO for The Plymouth Rock Company. In Hal, I succeed a beloved leader, and my immediate focus will be to carry on his great work for our customers, agents, and employees.” Belodoff is retiring as Plymouth Rock’s President and COO after serving the company in various roles for 31 years. He will continue to support the company as a member of Plymouth Rock’s Board of Directors and in an advisory role. “Hal has helped build and shape the culture of this company, as well as its results, for over 30 years,” added Stone. “The decision to hire Hal back then was one of the best I’ve made in my life. I am grateful for his partnership and friendship and glad he is remaining on our board and available for occasional assignments.” “I’m extremely thankful to have had such a fulfilling career working with great people at a place whose mission I believe so deeply in,” said Belodoff. “I’m looking forward to the next chapter of life, spending more time with family and enjoying a slightly slower pace. I have great confidence in Plymouth Rock’s future and believe Andy’s leadership will help the company continue to grow and advance.” About Plymouth Rock Plymouth Rock was established to offer its customers a higher level of service and a more innovative set of products and features than they would expect from an insurance company. Plymouth Rock’s innovative approach puts customers’ convenience and satisfaction first, giving them the choice to do business the way they want – online, with a mobile app, by phone, or by contacting their Plymouth Rock agent. Customers can chat, text, or email to get answers quickly and easily. Plymouth Rock Assurance® and Plymouth Rock® are brand names and service marks used by separate underwriting, managed insurance, and management companies that offer property and casualty insurance in multiple states. Taken together, the companies write and manage more than $1.7 billion in auto and home insurance premiums across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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Buckle Named Best Rideshare & Delivery Driver Insurance Specialists

Buckle | August 02, 2022

Buckle, the financial services company providing auto insurance solutions for the gig economy, has received two awards in the 2022 FinTech Awards by Wealth & Finance International magazine. Buckle was named Best Rideshare & Delivery Driver Insurance Specialists 2022, as well as Most Innovative Rideshare Auto Insurance Product Provider in North America. “We’re so pleased to be recognized for our unique gig insurance and our deep commitment to the success of rideshare and delivery drivers. As both insurance and gig economy experts, our goal at Buckle is to advocate for our members and offer them access to products and services that simply aren’t available anywhere else. These awards reinforce our success in meeting those aspirations,” says Marty Young, Chief Executive Officer of Buckle. “We’re so pleased to be recognized for our unique gig insurance and our deep commitment to the success of rideshare and delivery drivers. As both insurance and gig economy experts, our goal at Buckle is to advocate for our members and offer them access to products and services that simply aren’t available anywhere else. These awards reinforce our success in meeting those aspirations,” says Marty Young, Chief Executive Officer of Buckle. Now in its sixth year, Wealth & Finance International magazine’s FinTech Awards recognize the firms that are redefining finance and banking for the modern age, and for the ever-changing modern consumer. About Buckle Buckle is the digital financial services company providing insurance for the gig industry. Serving the vital, rising middle class, Buckle protects drivers across personal, rideshare, and delivery driving for leading companies including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Gopuff, Instacart, Amazon Flex, Uber Eats, Grubhub, Favor, Shipt, and more. The company also offers insurance solutions for select partners. Buckle has received awards for 2022 including Best of Insurance, Best Rideshare & Delivery Driver Insurance Specialists, a Fastest Growing Company, Most Innovative Driveshare Driver Insurance Provider, Best Tech Startup, an InsurTech 50, and more. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and www.buckleup.com.

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Corvus Insurance Opens Continental European Office in Germany

Corvus | July 28, 2022

Corvus Insurance, the market-leading specialty insurance MGA offering Smart Commercial Insurance® products powered by AI-driven risk data, today announced the opening of a new continental European office in Frankfurt, Germany. The newest office location for Corvus creates a presence in continental Europe for the company — a first for a US-based insurtech — allowing Corvus greater flexibility to expand its international footprint and capabilities through new markets. “Frankfurt is located within the largest insurance market on the continent and the city has always been an international business hub across industries,” said Oliver Delvos, Head of International at Corvus Insurance. “Frankfurt is located within the largest insurance market on the continent and the city has always been an international business hub across industries,” said Oliver Delvos, Head of International at Corvus Insurance. “We will be able to spread our wings and develop our business with a true European focus.” The Frankfurt office will look to underwrite cyber insurance business for both small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and larger corporations. Coupled with product growth, Corvus seeks to increase employee headcount by attracting new talent to the industry and into tech. This will include offering positions for ‘Werkstudenten’ from universities as a way to provide graduates with potential career opportunities. “Cyber by its very nature is a global risk, and by expanding our operations into Europe, this will create new opportunities for our team to help even more policyholders and support our foundational mission of making the world a safer place,” said Lori Bailey, Chief Insurance Officer of Corvus Insurance. To learn more about Corvus, please visit https://www.corvusinsurance.com. About Corvus Corvus Insurance is building a safer world through insurance products and digital tools that reduce risk, increase transparency, and improve resilience for policyholders and program partners. Our market-leading specialty insurance products are enabled by advanced data science and include Smart Cyber Insurance®, Smart Tech E+O™, and Smart Cargo®. Our digital platforms and tools enable efficient quoting and binding and proactive risk mitigation. Corvus Insurance offers insurance products in the US, Middle East, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Current insurance program partners include AXIS Capital, Crum & Forster, Hudson Insurance Group, certain underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, R&Q Accredited, SiriusPoint, and Skyward Specialty Insurance. Corvus Insurance, Corvus London Markets, and Corvus Germany are the marketing names used to refer to Corvus Insurance Agency, LLC; Corvus Agency Limited; and Corvus Underwriting GmbH. All entities are subsidiaries of Corvus Insurance Holdings, Inc. Corvus Insurance was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with offices across the US, in the UK, and Germany. For more information, visit corvusinsurance.com.

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The Plymouth Rock Company Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Plymouth Rock | July 27, 2022

The Plymouth Rock Company, parent company of a leading group of auto and home insurance providers in the Northeast, announced that Andrew McElwee has been named President and Chief Operating Officer, taking over responsibility for the firm’s day-to-day operations from Hal Belodoff, following Belodoff’s planned retirement. Based in Boston, McElwee will report directly to Jim Stone, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Plymouth Rock Company. “I have known Andy for some years now and watched him excel as President of Homesite Group,” said Stone. “I have known Andy for some years now and watched him excel as President of Homesite Group,” said Stone. “We are thrilled to have him join our Plymouth Rock Assurance leadership team. His unique background and proven technical strengths will be invaluable in driving operational excellence and continuous improvement across the company. As COO, Andy will oversee all of our group presidents in formulating and executing strategies for profitable growth. I feel very lucky he has joined us.” McElwee joins Plymouth Rock from American Family Insurance, where he was most recently the Enterprise Chief Underwriting Officer. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Homesite Group, an affiliate of American Family. McElwee has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience, 25 of which were spent within the Chubb Corporation in various roles of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President of Chubb & Son and COO of Chubb Personal Insurance and Chubb Accident and Health. “I have long admired Jim Stone as an entrepreneur, innovator and industry leader,” said McElwee. “I’m delighted to join him by taking on the role of President and COO for The Plymouth Rock Company. In Hal, I succeed a beloved leader, and my immediate focus will be to carry on his great work for our customers, agents, and employees.” Belodoff is retiring as Plymouth Rock’s President and COO after serving the company in various roles for 31 years. He will continue to support the company as a member of Plymouth Rock’s Board of Directors and in an advisory role. “Hal has helped build and shape the culture of this company, as well as its results, for over 30 years,” added Stone. “The decision to hire Hal back then was one of the best I’ve made in my life. I am grateful for his partnership and friendship and glad he is remaining on our board and available for occasional assignments.” “I’m extremely thankful to have had such a fulfilling career working with great people at a place whose mission I believe so deeply in,” said Belodoff. “I’m looking forward to the next chapter of life, spending more time with family and enjoying a slightly slower pace. I have great confidence in Plymouth Rock’s future and believe Andy’s leadership will help the company continue to grow and advance.” About Plymouth Rock Plymouth Rock was established to offer its customers a higher level of service and a more innovative set of products and features than they would expect from an insurance company. Plymouth Rock’s innovative approach puts customers’ convenience and satisfaction first, giving them the choice to do business the way they want – online, with a mobile app, by phone, or by contacting their Plymouth Rock agent. Customers can chat, text, or email to get answers quickly and easily. Plymouth Rock Assurance® and Plymouth Rock® are brand names and service marks used by separate underwriting, managed insurance, and management companies that offer property and casualty insurance in multiple states. Taken together, the companies write and manage more than $1.7 billion in auto and home insurance premiums across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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