AXA Partners seals long-term insurance deal with Monzo

AXA | July 19, 2019

UK-headquartered challenger bank Monzo has teamed up with AXA Partners. In an announcement by the AXA unit, it said it has sealed a long-term deal that will see it provide comprehensive travel insurance to customers with a Monzo Plus account, which was introduced in April. The account offers extra features, including optional travel insurance for an additional monthly fee. The policy underwritten by AXA Partners covers medical bills, lost valuables, trip cancellation costs, and winter sports. Coverage for families is also available. “We asked our community of users what features they wanted Monzo Plus to include and travel insurance was clearly the top choice,” noted Monzo co-founder Jonas Templestein.

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The brands that dominate today, dominated during the era of the horse drawn carriage. There’s been tremendous longevity and the question at hand if if these legacy or incumbent insurers will continue to dominate a generation from today. Insurance creates $100B businesses, that live for 200 - 300 years. But Daniel Schreiber, co-founder and CEO of Lemonade, predicts a shift - a significant changing of the guard. The assets which incumbent insurers have built up over the decades are now suddenly a liability.

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The brands that dominate today, dominated during the era of the horse drawn carriage. There’s been tremendous longevity and the question at hand if if these legacy or incumbent insurers will continue to dominate a generation from today. Insurance creates $100B businesses, that live for 200 - 300 years. But Daniel Schreiber, co-founder and CEO of Lemonade, predicts a shift - a significant changing of the guard. The assets which incumbent insurers have built up over the decades are now suddenly a liability.

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Bluevine Expands Insurance Partnerships to Provide Small Businesses with Tailored Insurance Solutions

Bluevine and Coalition | October 18, 2022

Bluevine, the leading provider of holistic banking solutions designed for small businesses, today announced the expansion of its small business insurance offerings to include Active Cyber Insurance offered by Coalition, one of the world's leading cyber insurance providers, in addition to its existing small business insurance provider, NEXT Insurance. With the addition of Coalition's cyber insurance offerings, Bluevine is providing the small business community seamless access to explore insurance providers right from their account dashboard. Available now, Bluevine Business Checking customers can research a broad set of insurance products and complete the steps to receive a customized insurance quote from our partners. Finding the right business insurance provider remains a confusing and significant pain point for small business owners looking for reliable coverage from a trusted source. Often, small business owners rely on recommendations from the small business community to determine their insurance needs, but this can leave them with ill-fitting policies that don't address the specific needs of their small business. As many as 75% of small businesses in the U.S. are underinsured, and 40% do not have any insurance, pointing to an acute need for insurance solutions designed with this community in mind. "After the initial success of our small business insurance partnership with NEXT last year, we took a closer look at the gaps our customers might still have with their insurance policies and worked to close them, By partnering with Coalition and NEXT, Bluevine is serving the broader small business community by providing in-dashboard access to trusted insurance companies that support the small business community on their journey to grow and scale." -Eyal Lifshitz, CEO and co-founder of Bluevine Since the launch of Bluevine's insurance partner program, 28% of customers have clicked through to learn more, and thousands have continued on to receive quotes from Bluevine's licensed insurance partners. These partnerships serve the small business owner's journey by providing the tools they need to grow and scale their business from one easy-to-access platform. When we first started our business, we looked for insurance from multiple sources, but when we signed up with Bluevine and learned more about what their insurance partners offer, it made the process so much easier, They helped us learn what we need for our business and get a quote. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for insurance. We are very happy with our policy,said Daphne Simmons, owner of Ovrtake Fitness. Overall, these partnerships serve the small business owner's journey by providing the tools they need to grow and scale their business from one easy-to-access platform. Active Cyber Insurance offered by Coalition provides a new integrated approach for companies to manage cyber risk. Coalition's offering provides small and midsize companies with cybersecurity tools, active monitoring, and anytime access to digital forensics and incident response services, combined with insurance coverage provided by well-known insurance carriers. By identifying and mitigating digital risk, policyholders that choose Coalition's offering experience 50% fewer cyber claims than the broader U.S. market, with 45% of incidents resolved at no cost. In our experience, many cyber criminals are opportunistic, particularly when it comes to small organizations. No company is too small to be an enticing financial opportunity for attackers, Choosing to go with Coalition's Active Cyber Insurance offering can help a small business avoid a potentially catastrophic cyber incident – like a ransomware attack – where financial costs could cripple a business. We are delighted to bring Coalition's product offering to Bluevine customers with the aim of increasing access to cyber insurance for organizations of all sizes and continuing to prevent digital risk before it strikes,said Catherine Lyle, Coalition's Head of Claims. By providing access to multiple insurance offerings for new and existing digital banking customers, Bluevine is providing entrepreneurs with curated partnership solutions that support their goals. Starting today, existing Bluevine Business Checking customers can log in to their account dashboard and determine the best insurance provider for the current stage of their business. This insurance dashboard expansion enables Bluevine to help solve the ongoing financial needs of small businesses by providing entrepreneurs with access to trusted and best-in-class insurance products quickly and seamlessly. About Bluevine Bluevine provides small businesses with fast and simple access to holistic banking solutions built with them in mind. Bluevine's advanced online platform offers an intuitive, convenient solution designed to meet the financial needs of today's business owners with a suite of products including Bluevine Business Checking, Bill Pay, and Line of Credit. Since launching in 2013, Bluevine has served more than 450,000 small businesses and is backed by leading private and institutional investors, including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, 83North, Citi Ventures, ION Crossover Partners, SVB Capital, Nationwide Insurance, and M12 (Microsoft's Venture Arm). Lines of credit are issued by Celtic Bank, a Utah-chartered Industrial Bank, Member FDIC. Banking Services provided by Coastal Community Bank, Member FDIC. About Coalition Coalition is the leading provider of Active Insurance, combining comprehensive insurance coverage and cybersecurity tools to help businesses manage and mitigate digital risks. Through its partnerships with leading global insurers, including Arch Insurance North America, Allianz, Ascot Group, Lloyd's of London, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, and Vantage, Coalition offers its Active Insurance products in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, and its security products to organizations worldwide. Coalition's Active Risk Platform provides automated security alerts, threat intelligence, expert guidance, and cybersecurity tools to help businesses remain resilient in the face of cyber attacks. Headquartered in San Francisco, Coalition is a distributed company with a global workforce that collaborates both digitally and in office hubs.

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Wright National Flood Insurance Company announces agreement with IAT Insurance Group

Wright National Flood Insurance | November 02, 2022

Wright National Flood Insurance Company, the nation's leading provider of federal flood insurance, has announced an agreement to acquire the flood insurance policy book from IAT Insurance Group Inc. and its affiliate Occidental Fire and Casualty Company of North Carolina ("IAT"). Wright Flood will service, administer and issue flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for IAT policyholders and agents. Additionally, Wright will also assume the servicing of IAT Insurance Group's private flood business. Wright Flood has more than 40 years of experience exclusively in the flood insurance industry. It is widely recognized for its industry-specific knowledge, claims response and long-standing commitment to partner with agents and policyholders, especially at the time of a flood loss. Wright Flood takes pride in user-friendly technology, exceptional claims reputation and providing the service customers deserve. Patricia Templeton-Jones, Wright National Flood Insurance Services president, said she is excited about the partnership with IAT agents. "IAT Insurance Group has provided flood coverage solutions for the past 15 years for its agent partners and policyholders, We look forward to continuing their long history and providing their agents with our experience in the flood insurance industry. Since the inception of the NFIP, Wright Flood has been a premier provider of flood coverage and private flood options for homeowners and business owners." - Templeton-Jones Wright has a well-established reputation of providing excellent service to customers and agents, especially at the time of a flood loss, We are confident customers will continue appreciating the peace of mind that comes with having flood coverage, said Joe Tracy, IAT's executive vice president of inland marine, property and aviation. Beginning in early 2023, Wright Flood will manage IAT's NFIP flood placements. Wright National Flood Insurance Company, which is AM Best-rated as A (Excellent) for financial strength, will issue all new policies and renewals. For retail agents accessing flood coverage through IAT, there will be minimal change in the process to continue to provide NFIP coverage for policyholders. About Wright National Flood Insurance Company Wright National Flood Insurance Company, the largest flood insurance provider in the nation, offers federal, excess, and private flood insurance with leading industry experience, rated A (Excellent) by AM Best. Wright Flood takes pride in its exceptional claims reputation, providing superior service customers deserve and its user-friendly technology. About IAT IAT Insurance Group is a privately-owned, specialty insurance group providing property-casualty and surety insurance products for niche markets. With more than 900 employees and office locations across the country, IAT Insurance Group's specialty units include Commercial Transportation, Excess and Surplus, Inland Marine, Reinsurance, Surety and Management Liability. The IAT Insurance Group companies are rated A- (Excellent) by AM Best.

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PCF Insurance Services' Earns Recognition as Industry Leader

PCF Insurance Services | September 22, 2022

PCF Insurance Services (PCF), a leading national insurance brokerage, was recently named a top 20 insurance broker on Business Insurance's "2022 Top 100 Brokers of U.S. Business" list. The list, which ranks companies by their 2021 brokerage revenue generated by U.S.-based clients, identifies the highest-grossing companies in the insurance industry. The company also placed within the top 15 on Insurance Journal's "2022 Top 100 Property/Casualty Agencies" list, which ranks companies by total property and casualty (P&C) agency revenue. With 2021 revenue of $590 million, PCF Insurance increased its Business Insurance ranking from No. 27 last year to No. 20 in 2022, representing the largest year-over-year jump among top 20 companies. The company's year-over-year revenue increase of more than 150% was also the largest percentage increase of any company in the top 20. PCF Insurance's 167% P&C revenue increase from $176 million in 2021 to $470 million in 2022 provided the momentum for the company to boost its standing in the Insurance Journal ranking from No. 20 last year to No. 13 in 2022. Over a three-year period, PCF Insurance has seen a 3,830% growth in revenue. "In just under four years, PCF has scaled from an agency with more than $10 million in revenue to a leading national insurance brokerage with annual revenue exceeding $640 million, This recognition is a testament to our pursuit thoughtful, value-accretive expansion and our partners' commitment to delivering best-in-class services to clients." -Peter C. Foy, Chairman, Founder and CEO of PCF Insurance The rapid ascension among the industry's leading brokerage firms is a testament to PCF Insurance's collaborative partnership model and culture. PCF Insurance has an intentional approach to attracting and bringing on entrepreneurial-minded, growth-focused agency owners who perform at a high level, deliver year-over-year increases in organic growth, and retain clients. PCF Insurance has earned a reputation as being a preferred partner for entrepreneurs because even though our partners are independent, everyone has a stake in the success of our organization, Our Agency Partners are the fuel to our success. They collaborate, share knowledge, and as a result, propel our growth strategy. Because when one of us grows, we all grow.,said Peter C. Foy. In addition to the expansion of its technology and infrastructure investments, PCF Insurance completed six acquisitions in 2019, 36 in 2000, 89 in 2021, and is on pace to complete more than 100 acquisitions this year. Of these acquisitions, XX% of these deals were a direct result of referrals from within the PCF partner network. To continue to add value and diversification to its network of offerings, PCF recently announced acquisitions of California-based Andreini & Company, Utah-based MGA United Underwriters, and specialty MGA Professional Warranty Service Corporation (PWSC). According to analysis by Chicago-based Optis Partners LLC. Through the company's collaborative structure, PCF Insurance currently serves more than 465,000 clients through its network of nearly 165 Agency Partners* across 37 states. About PCF Insurance Services A top 20 U.S. broker headquartered in Lehi, Utah, PCF Insurance Services is a leading full-service consultant and insurance brokerage firm offering a broad array of commercial, life and health, employee benefits, and workers' compensation solutions. Propelled by its people, PCF Insurance's agency-centric operating model and entrepreneurial environment support its tremendous growth profile, offering partners alignment through equity ownership, significant leadership incentives, and resources to over 3,100 employees throughout the U.S. PCF Insurance is a notable leader in the insurance space, ranked #20 on Business Insurance's 2022 Top 100 Brokers and #13 on Insurance Journal's 2022 Top Property/Casualty Agencies.

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