GEICO and Progressive positioned to take State Farm's dominant insurance position by 2021- 23

GEICO | July 17, 2020

A new report by Fitch Ratings reveals that not only are US personal line insurers expected to see underwriting profits this year despite the pandemic, but there could be soon a reshuffle of America’s top insurers. The report said that the ongoing pandemic is “substantially affecting” the insurance industry in terms of underwriting and investment. Personal line insurers, in particular, are heavily impacted by the decline in risk exposures related to changes in economic and social activity, Fitch Ratings said. These changes include reductions in drivers’ miles, which have led to falls in near-term claims frequency for auto insurers, boosting their profits.

Spotlight

The insurance sector is currently facing pressures from several sides. Among the latest challenges are new regulatory frameworks, the inflow of alternative capital, and the ongoing low-interest-rate environment. An even more groundbreaking transformation, however, will be brought about by the successively advancing digitization of the industry. In combination with substantial changes in customer needs and demands, new technologies are beginning to intensify competition to erode margins. Faster offers, a higher transparency and comparability, more personalized services, and a simplified claims process are swiftly becoming essential success factors.

Spotlight

The insurance sector is currently facing pressures from several sides. Among the latest challenges are new regulatory frameworks, the inflow of alternative capital, and the ongoing low-interest-rate environment. An even more groundbreaking transformation, however, will be brought about by the successively advancing digitization of the industry. In combination with substantial changes in customer needs and demands, new technologies are beginning to intensify competition to erode margins. Faster offers, a higher transparency and comparability, more personalized services, and a simplified claims process are swiftly becoming essential success factors.

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SynchronoSure Adopts CodeEast Digital Insurance Platform

Synchrono Group, CodeEast Digital | December 16, 2020

Synchrono Group Inc. an Insurtech Managing Underwriter having some expertise in 'Property/Casualty and Workers Compensation for the Gig Economy' and 'Small Commercial Insurance Risks' has collaborated with CodeEast and will utilize their Digital Platform for the organization of Commercial Property/Casualty insurance items across the USA. Steve Hartman, Chairman and CEO of Synchrono Group, says "As an Insuretech Managing Underwriter which leverages data and technology to deliver custom insurance products, we need systems that are fast, flexible, and capable of integrating seamlessly around micro-services. Getting the right tech partner and software platform in place for our products is a key element of this plan. We chose CodeEast's ONEview Digital Insurance Platform because it provides us with the flexibility, the self-service facilities for Policyholders, Agents and Brokers, the delivery speed and the automation capability we require to deliver our strategy. For our first product in this environment, we went live with ONEview in less than three months and in the middle of a Pandemic! The system has the state-of-the-art capabilities required to seamlessly integrate through REST API's with our proprietary technology stack, including our user interface, our underwriting algorithms and our API data engine and predictive tools. These integrations allow us to offer a market-leading response time that effectively positions us with the capability to underwrite, quote, bind and issue policies in a matter of minutes rather than the hours and days common to most of our competitors." "Time is money for us, and our Agents, Brokers and small business customers. The ability to get the insurance underwritten and issued in a matter of minutes frees up, for all of our stakeholder's, additional time to focus on revenue creation for their businesses. The Digital Capabilities embedded in the ONEview platform enable this transformation and, increasingly, these Digital Capabilities are becoming the new normal. The ONEview system Digital Capability enables both a fast customer experience and full scalable digital integration for both admitted and non-admitted insurance," stated Steve Hartman. Aidan Brogan, CCO of CodeEast, said "We are excited to sign a five-year partnership with SynchronoSure®. The selection of our ONEview system is a strong validation of the flexibility and agility of our cloud-native platform, and with its inherent capabilities for Producer Management, Environment Control, Data Use, and the ability to support regulatory regimes in all states for commercial insurance, we think ONEview creates sustainable advantages for our customers. The digital transformation of the insurance industry is starting to gain momentum and will accelerate at pace. I look forward to growing our business in the USA". About SynchronoSure® Synchrono Group Inc doing business as SynchronoSure® is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. As an Insurtech Managing Underwriter, SynchronoSure® built to leverage artificial intelligence and a state-of-the-art technology base, SynchronoSure® specializes in underwriting property/casualty, and workers compensation products for the gig economy and small businesses in the U.S. About CodeEast CodeEast, a software company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, provides a Digital Insurance Platform for the SMART Automation of Insurance companies. The CodeEast ONEview platform is a state-of-the-art, AI-enabled, cloud-native solution for the automated sales, distribution and administration of insurance products.

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RISK MANAGEMENT

Distinguished Programs Introduces New Express Umbrella Coverage

Distinguished Program Holdings LLC | February 15, 2022

Distinguished Programs ("Distinguished"), a national insurance program manager, today officially announces the relaunch of its Express Umbrella program which includes the Express Real Estate Umbrella and Express Community Associations Umbrella products. The program offers limits up to $5M and caters to community associations, homeowner associations, condominium associations and small commercial buildings. "The Express Umbrella program is perfect for real estate clients who are looking for additional coverage, but don't necessarily need high limits, The limits are up to $5M and brokers can submit business anytime through the Distinguished Online Portal. The streamlined process allows more flexibility for brokers to submit on their own time without office hour restrictions." - Chris Larson, Product Manager for the Express Umbrella program. Initially, the coverage will be non-admitted as the program is built out and the necessary state filings are obtained. Key coverages in the program will include Director & Officers ("D&O") Follow Form, Pay On Behalf, Defense Outside Limits, and Zero Retention. "The Express Umbrella is a pillar for our Community Associations program, This product is designed to address the excess liability coverage demands for community associations. With our other product offerings including package, crime, and D&O, brokers can submit business for all their community association clients' insurance needs in one place." - Barbara Bartson, Managing Vice President of Community Associations program at Distinguished. Brokers can submit business for the Express Community Association Umbrella and the Express Real Estate Umbrella by visiting the Distinguished website. About Distinguished Programs Distinguished Programs is a leading national insurance Program Manager providing specialized insurance programs to brokers and agents with specific expertise in Real Estate, Community Associations, Hotels, and Restaurants. Property and liability products are distributed through a national network of agents and brokers. Serving the same core markets and partnering with the most stable and reputable carriers, Distinguished Programs' high-limit umbrella programs remain the clear choice in its areas of specialty for superior coverage, competitive pricing, and attentive service.

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INNOVU Group Holding Company Limited Acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Gallagher | June 28, 2022

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced today the acquisition of INNOVU Group Holding Company Limited, based in Wexford, Ireland ("INNOVU Insurance"). The transaction's terms were not disclosed. INNOVU Insurance, founded in 2018 by Ronan Foley, is a retail insurance broker that provides a wide range of commercial and personal insurance products and services, as well as financial services, to clients in various industry sectors from seven offices across Ireland. Ronan Foley and his colleagues will remain in their current locations and report to Michael Rea, who oversees Gallagher's retail property and casualty brokerage operations in the UK and Ireland. INNOVU gives us our first on-the-ground presence in Ireland and a fantastic opportunity to expand in this growing economic region, We are delighted to welcome Ronan and his colleagues, and look forward to working with them to further expand their client base and service offerings." J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President, and CEO. The headquarters of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG), a global insurance brokerage, risk management, and consulting services firm, are in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Gallagher offers these services in 130 countries via its operations and a network of correspondent brokers and consultants.

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