Here’s what just 6% of UK insurance brokers are not doing

insurancebusinessmag | June 26, 2019

It looks like e-trading among UK insurance brokers is all the rage these days.A market report by FWD Research has revealed that a whopping 94%, or 3,130, of brokers in the UK are currently placing business electronically - leaving a mere 6% who have yet to embrace e-trading. In addition, 41% tap managing general agents (MGAs) or coverholders in order to trade electronically.

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Purchasing a term life plan is a guarantee that your family will remain financially secure, in case of an early demise. If you are the sole breadwinner of the family, then a term life plan is a must. A term life plan helps your family’s finances stay on track and settle debts on an early demise. However, there are some important factors you must consider, before purchasing a term insurance plan.

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Purchasing a term life plan is a guarantee that your family will remain financially secure, in case of an early demise. If you are the sole breadwinner of the family, then a term life plan is a must. A term life plan helps your family’s finances stay on track and settle debts on an early demise. However, there are some important factors you must consider, before purchasing a term insurance plan.

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American Equity Announces Strategic Partnership With 26North

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Vouch Launches New Business Insurance Coverages for Life Science Startups

Vouch Insurance | October 13, 2022

Vouch, a commercial insurance business focused on tech companies, announced its expansion into the life science category with the introduction of new proprietary insurance solutions. For decades, life science startups have struggled to acquire business insurance. Large insurance carriers typically do not insure early stage life science companies, especially those that are pre-revenue. When they do, minimum premiums are prohibitively expensive. George Aliaga, Vouch's Health & Life Sciences Vertical Lead, sees tremendous opportunity to support this category during a technological inflection point, as life science startups digitize their business models and increase investment in artificial intelligence to accelerate R&D cycles. "We believe the most innovative medical advancements are happening right now in incubators around the country, and these startups need help protecting their business in a constantly evolving risk environment, For example, artificial intelligence techniques are being used for drug discovery, disease diagnosis and patient risk identification. AI use in life sciences is rapidly maturing, and groundbreaking startups are emerging with innovative tech as a result." -Aliaga Vouch is the insurance of the technology industry. Since 2018, Vouch has revolutionized the buying experience and quality of coverage available to tech companies with the introduction of 10 proprietary coverages and a specialty brokerage. Now, the company is offering the same expertise and proprietary capabilities to the underserved life science startup ecosystem. Life science startups face unique risks. Vouch offers a suite of exposure-driven coverages to ensure comprehensive protection from R&D through product commercialization: Change in Controlled Environment Coverage - For perishable property prone to spoilage Vivarium Coverage - For animals used in R&D, breeding or biological product harvesting Clinical Trials Coverage - When sponsoring or operating human clinical trials Medical Malpractice Coverage - When offering medical treatment or advice that may create medical malpractice exposure Specialized Contamination Coverage - For products susceptible to contamination by radiation, bacteria, mildew, mold, microorganisms, viruses or pathogens Condemnation of Undamaged Stock Insurance - For situations where product is not damaged but is deemed compromised and condemned by the FDA In addition to the new proprietary coverages launched today, Vouch also offers life science startups access to its specialty brokerage, which can procure additional policies from the broader insurance market to provide comprehensive and holistic insurance solutions. While insurance provides necessary protection, coupling an insurance program with expert advisory best positions a startup to withstand future risk. Since they operate in a fast-paced environment with complex and unique risk profiles, life science startups not only require specialized coverage, but an advisor who understands their needs, Our life science Insurance advisors are trained to provide expert guidance for startups through each of their stages and milestones,said Aliaga. About Vouch Insurance Vouch is a provider of business insurance to thousands of high-growth companies. Since its inception in 2018, the company has empowered its clients to get risk management right through niche expertise, a proprietary approach to pricing and underwriting, fast, digital-first procurement and coverages that scale as the company grows.

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CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company Launches New MYGA Product to Market in Eight Weeks with FireLight®

CL Life & Annuity Insurance Company and Insurance Technologies | September 26, 2022

Insurance Technologies, LLC., a provider of sales and regulatory automation solutions for the life and annuities insurance industries, announces that CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company (“CL Life”), a provider of insurance products that offer policyholders stable growth, tax deferral and income planning, has launched FireLight® e-Application. CL Life implemented FireLight to get new products to market quickly and efficiently while providing a superior digital agent and customer experience. “We wanted a digital solution that enabled quick speed to market and supported our digital strategies to make submitting annuity business with CL Life an easy and friendly process for agents, FireLight is the industry leader in the annuity and life market and provides us with the features and integration capabilities to efficiently create modernized and accelerated sales processes.” -Gary Sorensen, Director of Marketing & Sales, CL Life CL Life now provides agents with an easy way to sell CL Life annuity products through FireLight’s dynamic wizard e-application experience. The streamlined experience CL Life created includes e-Signature built-in into the sales workflow. So, agents can collect required signatures quickly and submit complete in-good-order application packages direct to CL Life. At Insurance Technologies, we know the importance of having the resources and tools to get products to market quickly and efficiently, We are happy to be able to supply CL Life the innovation and team support to create new digital sales processes and experiences and introduce new products to the industry quickly,said Clint Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Insurance Technologies. CL Life implemented FireLight with its new MYGA product released this month. Insurance Technologies has been a great partner in meeting our business, integration, and workflow requirements, The team at Insurance Technologies was easy to work with and provided the consultative support we needed to meet our implementation goals. We were able to go from concept to implementation in just eight weeks, said Sorensen. By using the standardized templates and rules within FireLight, we were able to provide a quick and efficient implementation experience, meeting CL Life’s timeline of two months, We are proud of the partnership with CL Life and look forward to working with them as they offer new products and expand their digital journey,said Moore. About CL Life & Annuity Insurance Company Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company seeks to provide insurance products specially designed for retirement assets that offer stable growth, tax deferral, and income planning. Its mission is to provide competitive products that meet the financial goals of policy holders, investing in assets for the purpose of growing policy holder premiums aimed at generating strong returns with the flexibility to secure their future. CL Life is an affiliate of Crestline Investors, Inc., an institutional investment management firm with approximately $15.4 billion in assets under management. 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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