Guidewire launches update for InsurancePlatform

Guidewire | November 04, 2019

Guidewire Software, a software provider for the property-casualty space, has announced the 2019.2 release of the Guidewire InsurancePlatform. The latest release extends support for insurers to deliver an omnichannel digital service to customers and agents, the company said. “InsurancePlatform 2019.2 demonstrates Guidewire’s commitment to continual investment in InsurancePlatform for our self-managed and cloud customers,” said Amy Mollin, vice president of product management, platform, at Guidewire. “This release adds new functionality to our Guidewire for Salesforce solution, available on AppExchange, including two-way synchronization between Guidewire Digital and Salesforce Financial Services Cloud.”

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There are four things every small business owner should know about how small business health insurance works. Coverage is generally guaranteed issue. You need at least one employee to qualify. You must contribute toward employee premiums. And you can shop for coverage at any time of the year

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There are four things every small business owner should know about how small business health insurance works. Coverage is generally guaranteed issue. You need at least one employee to qualify. You must contribute toward employee premiums. And you can shop for coverage at any time of the year

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Aspida Chooses FireLight® to Help Power Annuity Sales

Aspida and Insurance Technologies | October 11, 2022

Insurance Technologies, LLC, a provider of sales and regulatory automation solutions for the life and annuity industry, announced that Aspida Life Insurance Company (“Aspida”), a life insurance and annuity company, plans to use Insurance Technologies’ digital sales platform, FireLight, to help distribute its WealthLock℠ suite of annuity products to the broker-dealer channel. Carriers and distributors use the multi-carrier platform FireLight to create and enable a seamless sales experience for their advisors and consumers. FireLight powers easy, digital data collection; improves in-good-order sales; increases efficiency; and meets regulatory requirements. “We’re excited to partner with Aspida and help power their growth in the broker-dealer channel, Aspida’s dedication to technology helps them deliver their products with a simple, easy, and quick process. FireLight checks all those boxes and will help support them as they continue to grow in the broker-dealer channel.” -Insurance Technologies’ Chief Operating Officer, Clint Moore Aspida’s goal of being a tech-leading, agile insurance company that provides retirement solutions with speed, simplicity and security aligns well with the features – and flexibility – the FireLight platform offers. When we decided to enter the broker-dealer channel with our WealthLock℠ suite of annuities, we wanted to make sure we chose a platform that would complement our strategy and enhance our capabilities, With a number of broker-dealers already using FireLight for their annuity e-Applications for the flexibility it provides, FireLight was an excellent choice for us as we continue to grow and help our clients achieve and protect dreams,said Sol Osterkatz, chief technology officer at Aspida. About Aspida Aspida Holdings Ltd., through its subsidiaries (collectively “Aspida”), is focused on providing retirement and reinsurance solutions, having operations in the U.S. and Bermuda with total assets of $4.4 billion as of June 30, 2022. Aspida, through its U.S. platform, Aspida Life Insurance Company, is focused on leveraging technology and acting with agility to help clients achieve – and protect – their dreams. Its Bermuda-based reinsurance platform, Aspida Life Re, is focused on providing efficient and secure life and annuity reinsurance solutions. Aspida seeks to be a trusted partner in its clients’ financial security while driving its growth by doing good for the communities it serves. Aspida is an indirect subsidiary of Ares Management Corporation. About Insurance Technologies Insurance Technologies provides innovative sales and regulatory automation solutions to the insurance industry. Offering a suite of integrated sales solutions, from pre-sale functions to quoting and illustrations through e-application and e-delivery to post-sale services, Insurance Technologies provides carriers and distributors the sales capabilities and tools to create automated and cohesive sales experiences for their advisors and clients across the life and annuities insurance industries. The unique architecture and flexibility of its solutions deliver front and back-office configurability and usability to support multiple business strategies, encourage cross-channel growth and evolve with regulatory changes.

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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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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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