Alberta’s auto insurance “crisis” and the simple fixes needed

Alberta | August 28, 2019

The auto insurance market in Alberta is in a state of “crisis”. Insurers operating in the province have essentially had their hands tied since 2017, when the NDP government issued an order limiting cumulative auto rate hikes to 5%. This cap has prevented auto insurers in Alberta from adjusting premiums to reflect the cost of claims, which have shot up substantially in recent years due to factors like distracted driving and the increasing costs associated with fixing modern, tech-heavy cars. The NDP’s cap on premium increases was intended to protect Albertan consumers from hefty rate increases. However, many in the insurance industry argue the cap has had the opposite effect. Celyeste Power, vice-president of the western region for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, said the cap “has taken away availability for consumers” rather than protecting them. This is because insurers are pulling out of the province or limiting their capacity because their loss ratios are way too high.

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Blockchain ecosystem is developing very fast. General public attention is currently captured by cryptocurrencies in general and Bitcoin in particular. Meanwhile, the blockchain ecosystem is much more than cryptocurrencies, it can and should be used in any area where transparency is needed and where the public can gain from transparency. Insurance is one of those areas. Although the insurance industry is highly regulated, the regulation does not bring real benefits to customers, mainly regulation is aimed to keep control over insurance companies from governments, not to improve customers experience and to limit costs.

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Blockchain ecosystem is developing very fast. General public attention is currently captured by cryptocurrencies in general and Bitcoin in particular. Meanwhile, the blockchain ecosystem is much more than cryptocurrencies, it can and should be used in any area where transparency is needed and where the public can gain from transparency. Insurance is one of those areas. Although the insurance industry is highly regulated, the regulation does not bring real benefits to customers, mainly regulation is aimed to keep control over insurance companies from governments, not to improve customers experience and to limit costs.

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Integrity Expands Life Insurance Distribution by Partnering with Richman Insurance Agency

Integrity Marketing Group and Richman Insurance Agency | August 10, 2022

Integrity Marketing Group, LLC, a leading distributor of life and health insurance, and provider of wealth management and retirement planning solutions, today announced it has acquired Richman Insurance Agency, an insurance marketing organization ("IMO") based in Dallas, Texas. As part of the acquisition, Rob Richman, President of Richman Insurance Agency, will become a Managing Partner in Integrity. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Richman Insurance Agency has quickly become an influential leader in the markets it serves. With more than a decade of experience in the insurance industry, Rob Richman understands how to provide fundamental agent training so his team can best meet client needs. He guides the company's fast-growing network of agents to success through a proven system of in-depth coaching and support. Richman Insurance Agency provides $15 million in mortgage protection, life insurance and final expense products to a wide range of consumers, serving more than 20,000 Americans annually. "A great business needs great leaders, and Rob has proven he has the attitude and passion to make an impact on this industry, His hard work and dedication have built his agency into the success it is today, and his well-trained team is now ready for the next step forward. Adding Integrity's resources and technology will accelerate Richman Insurance Agency's growth path, allowing them to reach more people while enhancing our efforts to serve the life, health and wealth needs of all Americans. We're proud to welcome Rob and his team to Integrity — I'm confident their biggest successes are ahead of them." -shared Bryan W. Adams, Co-Founder and CEO of Integrity At Richman Insurance Agency, we specialize in helping agents maximize their potential, Adding Integrity's world-class support and services to our team's commitment and work ethic creates the perfect combination to supercharge our business. Integrity is pioneering the future of life, health and wealth protection, and we want to be part of it. When we see the group of industry leaders Integrity has assembled, we can't help but be thrilled to join their ranks. We know we're just getting started with what we can achieve,explained Richman, President. Integrity helps Americans prepare for the good days ahead by partnering with industry leaders and icons who come together as peers to optimize insurance processes and financial services. Unified by their common goal of improving insurance and financial services experiences for everyone, members of Integrity's partner network learn from each other and collaborate to design strategies that better protect the life, health and wealth of consumers. Rob has always done his utmost to help his team fulfill their goals — it's what makes him the type of leader we're thrilled to partner with, Richman Insurance Agency is ready to take a big leap forward and grow faster and serve more people than ever before. Partnering with the best minds in the business and gaining access to Integrity's cutting-edge technology and resources will springboard their future success. Richman Insurance Agency will be a great addition to the Integrity family. We're grateful they've chosen to be part of our mission to help more Americans plan for the good days ahead,explained Shawn Meaike, President of Family First Life and Managing Partner at Integrity. To take full advantage of Integrity's partner benefits and agent resources, Richman Insurance Agency will utilize Integrity's vast infrastructure of business services. Partners can streamline administrative functions through centralized areas, such as People & Culture, Technology & Innovation, finance, legal and compliance, and world-class advertising and marketing. In addition, Integrity offers partners access to proprietary technology through its omnichannel insurtech platform. These comprehensive insurance and financial services offerings include valuable agent resources, such as product development, quoting and enrollment systems and customer relationship management software. All these benefits are further accentuated by Integrity's Employee Ownership Plan, which offers employees the exciting opportunity for meaningful company ownership. About Integrity Marketing Group Integrity, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a leading distributor of life and health insurance, and provider of innovative solutions for wealth management and retirement planning. Through its partner network, Integrity helps millions of Americans protect their life, health and wealth with a commitment to meet them wherever they are — in person, over the phone and online. Integrity's cutting-edge technology helps streamline the insurance and financial planning experience for all stakeholders. In addition, Integrity develops products with carrier partners and markets them through its nationwide distribution network. Integrity's nearly 6,000 employees work with approximately 500,000 agents and advisors who serve more than 11 million clients annually. In 2022, Integrity will help carriers place almost $20 billion in new sales and oversee more than $30 billion of assets under management and advisement through its RIA and broker-dealer platforms. About Richman Insurance Agency Richman Insurance Agency, founded in 2019, is based in Dallas, Texas and is a leader in the life insurance industry. The agency specializes in mortgage protection, final expense, and retirement planning. To provide the best products and services, Richman Insurance Agency partners with industry leading carriers, and develops agents and leaders to provide quality service in the senior market. In 2021, Richman Insurance Agency served over 20,000 Americans and provided over $15 million in annual paid premium.

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BDA Participates in 60th Annual Florida Insurance Council Summer Symposium

BDA | July 25, 2022

The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) is proud to support the 60th annual Florida Insurance Council (FIC) Summer Symposium on July 26-28, in Orlando, Florida. The FIC programme will include state legislators, the Office of Insurance Regulation and other industry speakers including BDA Chair, Stephen Weinstein and BDA CEO, David Hart. Mr. Weinstein said, “Since Hurricane Andrew, Bermuda’s (re)insurance market has been the preeminent partner to Florida insurers, supporting the market with capital, risk expertise, and an ethos of collaboration." Mr. Weinstein said, “Since Hurricane Andrew, Bermuda’s (re)insurance market has been the preeminent partner to Florida insurers, supporting the market with capital, risk expertise, and an ethos of collaboration. Today, Bermuda (re)insurers provide over 60% of the hurricane reinsurance in Florida, support efforts to reform and strengthen Florida’s insurance market, and invest in and share cutting edge science to boost hurricane resilience and promote mitigation. Over 30 years, the Bermuda and Florida markets have tackled many challenges together and shared many successes. We look forward to seeing so many business, legislative, and regulatory leaders in person over the course of FIC’s outstanding programme, and exploring the next cycle of growth in our partnership.” Mr. Hart said, “As a sixth generation Floridian, I have seen first-hand the benefits that Bermuda’s (re)insurance market offers Florida’s economy, and I am proud to represent Bermuda and the BDA at the FIC’s Summer Symposium. As we enter peak hurricane season, our Chair and I will highlight Bermuda’s continued value proposition as the world’s risk capital to the largest gathering of Florida’s domestic insurers. We thank FIC President, Cecil Pearce, for the speaking invitation and look forward to a large gathering of Florida-based companies and executives visiting us for our second annual Bermuda Risk Summit being held at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club on March 6-8, 2023.” CONNECTING BUSINESS The BDA encourages direct investment and helps companies start up, re-locate, or expand their operations in our premier jurisdiction. An independent, public-private partnership, we connect you to industry professionals, regulatory officials, and key contacts in the Bermuda government to assist domicile decisions. Our goal? To make doing business in Bermuda smooth and beneficial.

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EquiTrust Life Partners with Sapiens on their Next Generation Digital Agent Experience

EquiTrust | June 24, 2022

Sapiens International Corporation, (NASDAQ: SPNS) (TASE: SPNS), a leading global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, announced today that EquiTrust Life, a leading North American life and health insurance company, has selected Sapiens' award-winning suite of e-application, illustration and digital solutions to provide their agents next generation customer acquisition and service capabilities. Sapiens IllustrationPro, Sapiens ApplicationPro and Sapiens DigitalSuite support EquiTrust Life's key product offerings by providing comprehensive, new business illustrations with enhanced solutions for complex scenarios with split second calculations, and an interactive experience to reduce re-keying, resulting in fewer errors, faster time to decision and better engagement. Sapiens' simple, intuitive, device-agnostic user engagement with flexible branding and integrations enhances EquiTrust Life's partner experience. Leveraging Sapiens' toolkit, the solution provides self-sufficiency and reduces total cost of ownership. We were looking for one vendor to drive our digital transformation and accelerate innovation within our agent sales process. Innovation is a key pillar within EquiTrust Life, and we felt that Sapiens' digital tools would enable innovation much faster than any other competitor, while providing us industry insights and best practices, We administer financial products for retirees, and Sapiens' solution delivers a superior agent experience to market complex financial products that help protect our growing senior population." Carol Woodruff, Vice President, Information Systems with EquiTrust Life. We are very excited to partner with EquiTrust Life on their digital transformation journey, Sapiens not only provides a wide array of best-of-breed solutions, but we also truly understand our customers' operational goals and are committed to delivering best-in-class solutions, seamlessly to drive growth and deliver value. " Jamie Yoder, Sapiens North America President & General Manager. Sapiens IllustrationPro for Life & Annuities is a cloud-first, point-of-sale illustration and quoting solution, offering a fully responsive, modern, intuitive user experience for the life and annuities and health markets. Sapiens ApplicationPro is a robust electronic application software that helps carriers address critical business drivers, such as decreasing time–to–issue and reducing policy acquisition costs, all in an extremely intuitive and easy–to–use package. Sapiens DigitalSuite offers a dynamic, digital engagement and enablement platform for insurers to provide a unified, omni-channel experience. The flexible, component-based platform can be leveraged together with Sapiens' core solutions or on top of other (non-Sapiens) solutions. About EquiTrust Life EquiTrust Life Insurance Company is a trusted provider of life insurance and annuity products with a strong track record of operating performance. EquiTrust is a national carrier of competitive, client-friendly options, available through various distribution channels including more than 15,700 independent sales representatives and independent marketing organizations. EquiTrust offers fixed-rate and indexed annuities and life insurance and is headquartered in Chicago with operations in West Des Moines. In June 2015, Magic Johnson Enterprises became the majority shareholder, making EquiTrust Life Insurance one of the largest minority-owned life insurance company in the history of the country at $25.7 billion in assets. About Sapiens Sapiens International Corporation (NASDAQ: SPNS) (TASE: SPNS) empowers the financial sector, with a focus on insurance, to transform and become digital, innovative, and agile. Backed by more than 40 years of industry expertise, Sapiens offers a complete insurance platform, with pre-integrated, low-code solutions and a cloud-first approach that accelerates customers' digital transformation. Serving over 600 customers in 30 countries, Sapiens offers insurers across property and casualty, workers' compensation and life markets the most comprehensive set of solutions, from core to complementary, including Reinsurance, Financial & Compliance, Data & Analytics, Digital, and Decision Management.

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