AXA XL launches new inland marine insurance product in North America

Insurance Business America | April 09, 2019

AXA XL’s North America marine insurance business is now offering a new product for the construction industry. The new contractor’s equipment product includes 33 additional coverages, which include the following: Drones for $1,500 Extra Expense, $10,000 for Contractor’s Equipment, $5,000 for Property That Supports Your Business. Improvements, betterments, attachments & upgrades for $25,000. Necessary repairs for $1,000. Newly acquired covered property - $10,000 for property that supports your business. Property while underwater for $10,000. Replacement keys and locks for $1,000. Rigger’s legal liability for $25,000. Void service contract of warranty for $2,500. According to AXA XL chief underwriting officer for North America marine Anne Marie Elder, the new product represents the company’s expansion of its risk appetite and underwriting expertise.

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As 2022 comes to a close, insurance companies are facing significant price losses across their portfolios, particularly within long-duration fixed income. On the horizon are the risks of a global recession, peaking fundamentals, persistent inflation and energy crises, particularly in Europe.

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As 2022 comes to a close, insurance companies are facing significant price losses across their portfolios, particularly within long-duration fixed income. On the horizon are the risks of a global recession, peaking fundamentals, persistent inflation and energy crises, particularly in Europe.

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World Insurance Associates Acquires DG&M Insurance Agency

World Insurance Associates LLC | December 19, 2022

World Insurance Associates LLC (World), a Top 50 Insurance Brokerage, announced today that it acquired DG&M Insurance Agency (DG&M) of Rochester, NY on November 1, 2022. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. DG&M Agency, Inc., was established in 1996 with the goal of providing customers with superior service by offering quality insurance products and services that satisfy their needs and exceed their expectations. Today the agency serves the needs of individuals and businesses in over a dozen states--providing auto, home, life, commercial, and disability insurance as well as bonds and employee benefits. “Despite our growth over the years, our agents are still committed to providing the same small-town client-based service and attention to detail that has made us a leading choice among those seeking honest, reliable attention to their insurance needs, Our agents take pride in the individual service they offer to each and every customer, remaining abreast of industry trends, technology and changes that could affect their customers’ insurance products. I’m glad to be continuing this approach as part of World.” -Dale K. Trott, Agency Principal, DG&M Insurance Agency I’d like to welcome DG&M to the World family, Their vision and progressive way of doing business for more than 20 years has earned them industry recognition, and I am happy to have them as part of World,says Rich Eknoian, CEO and Co-Founder of WIA. Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla provided legal counsel to World. Pullano & Farrow PLLC provided legal counsel to DG&M. No other advisors, diligence firms or legal counsel were disclosed. About World Insurance Associates LLC World Insurance Associates LLC (World) is headquartered in Iselin, N.J., and is a nationally ranked, full-service insurance organization providing individuals and businesses with top products and services across personal and commercial insurance, employee and executive benefits, retirement and financial services and human capital management solutions. Since its founding in 2011, World has completed over 170 acquisitions and serves its customers from more than 250 offices across the United States. World is ranked #34 on the 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business list by Business Insurance, ranked #2 on the Fastest Growing Brokers list by Business Insurance, ranked #3 on the Fastest Growing Benefits Brokers list by Business Insurance, ranked #24 on the Top 100 P&C Agencies by Insurance Journal, and is a Top-50 ranked personal lines agency by Insurance Journal.

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Hawksoft and Input 1 Partner to Enable Premium Collection for Insurance Agencies

HawkSoft and Input 1 | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, HawkSoft, a provider of agency management systems in the insurance industry, and Input 1, which delivers digital billing, payments, and premium finance solutions, entered into a partnership that allows HawkSoft agencies to use premium collection functionalities. Input 1 has spent over 30 years perfecting its comprehensive billing and payments platform, which simplifies the intricacies of the premium collection lifecycle. Input 1's services are used by over 125 carriers, finance companies, managing general agents, and thousands of insurance agents to bill and collect premiums from their customers. HawkSoft's agency management system has succeeded by creating a central insurance platform with API-powered connectivity throughout the insurtech stack. In addition, the company focuses on delivering technology guided by real-world workflows to independent insurance agencies, increasing revenue and efficiency. With the integration of Input 1's premium finance and payments solution, HawkSoft clients can use data directly from their management system to accept digital payments for pay-in-full policies, offer digital premium financing, and set up recurring payments via debit, credit, and ACH. The integration also prevents double-entry in their common workflows. Rushang Shah, Chief Marketing Officer of HawkSoft, said, "One of our key goals is to support the unique approaches independent insurance agencies apply in running their businesses." He further expressed, "We are happy to collaborate with Input 1 and welcome them to our ecosystem as a Solution Partner." (Source – PR Newswire) About HawkSoft Based in Canby (Oregon), Hawsoft provides management systems to organizations that want efficient workflows, unique experiences for employees and policyholders, and tools to foster meaningful relationships. The company, founded by independent agents, provides an innovative system that powers thousands of agencies. HawkSoft aims to assist agents in performing quality work more efficiently - not by pushing them to adapt to the software but by ensuring that it automates the steps that agents already know work best. AboutInput 1 Input 1, LLC offers digital billing and payment solutions to property and liability insurers. The company's digital billing and payment solutions provide insurance carriers and MGAs with tailored offerings at a lower cost and faster implementation than internal IT resources. In addition, its outsourcing helps banks, insurance carriers, and insurance brokers develop lucrative profit centers that increase client support and service alternatives.

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Betterview Announces Partnership with Risk Innovator JMI Reports

Betterview and JMI Reports | December 01, 2022

Betterview, the company leading P&C insurers rely on to identify and manage real property risk, today announced a partnership with JMI Reports, one of the largest providers of onsite property data to the insurance industry. Products from JMI Reports are now available on the Betterview Property Intelligence & Risk Management Platform, allowing users to optimize inspection efficiency in a single, intuitive user interface (UI). The innovative tools from JMI Reports allow insurers to understand, prioritize and act upon risks to predict and prevent future loss. One of these is QuickVUE, a self-inspection tool that empowers insurers to thoroughly understand property risk without consuming overwhelming amounts of data. Additionally, reliable inspection data from on-the-ground physical inspections is available on the Betterview platform. Using this integration, insurance companies can filter properties based on which require a physical inspection and which ones can be fast-tracked as solid risks. “The solutions from Betterview and JMI Reports are strengthened by synthesizing them within a single platform, Customers can work with their policyholders to get rapid, accurate views of real property risk. They can then consume that information directly within our platform, gaining an immediate and actionable view of every property in their book, and flagging those that need more attention. Any insurer that uses Betterview and JMI together will see great improvements in inspection efficiency, which should translate to an improved expense ratio as well.” -Betterview co-founder and chief operations officer, Dave Tobias JMI Reports also believes that the two companies are ideal partners. Both Betterview and JMI are in the business of understanding risk and helping insurers work better with their insured, Ultimately, we want to turn underwriters and agents into insurance heroes. By integrating QuickVUE and other inspection tools directly in the Betterview platform, I believe we are taking a positive step towards that goal,says Nathan Clark, president and CEO at JMI Reports. About Betterview: Betterview is the Property Intelligence & Risk Management Platform that leading P&C insurance companies depend on to identify and mitigate risk, improve operational and inspection efficiency, and build a more transparent customer experience throughout the policy lifecycle. By empowering insurers to automate pricing, underwriting, and renewal while focusing strategic action on critical properties, Betterview is transforming the insurance industry from Repair and Replace to Predict and Prevent. About JMI Reports: JMI Reports is a risk innovator providing property profiles and data insights to improve efficiencies and profitability for insurance carriers and MGAs. For more than 30 years, our mission has remained the same: to protect your blindside by listening to your needs and delivering actionable, forward-thinking, and cost-saving solutions that make a difference.

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