INTENT DATA IN THE AGE OF DATA REGULATION

DECK 7 | March 23, 2020

Since the implementation of Data Protection Act in 2018, the approach behind the use of data has changed dramatically. Our clients and customers don’t just want a great experience, they also want to make sure they can trust us.   Tweet This!  And it makes perfect sense in the present time and space. But as data is considered a key factor in positive customer experience, the U.S. brands and agencies have found it to be increasingly complicated to earn customer trust while remaining compliant. In an article by John Snyder, CEO at Grapeshot, for Adexchanger, he says that the GDPR will remove 75% of third-party data and what’s left will be more expensive. This has caused the power dynamic between brands and agencies to evolve over time.

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In the face of ongoing uncertainty surrounding the U.S. economic recovery, including the unpredictability of budgetary decisions in Congress, continued high unemployment and weak consumer demand, the Eurozone crisis, and ongoing tumult in the Middle East, the domestic and international economic climate is still very risky. This change and unpredictability require more vigilance from our business leaders. A trade credit insurance policy, if used properly, provides a valuable extension to a company’s credit management practices – a second pair of objective eyes when approving buyers, as well as an early warning system should things begin to decline so that exposure can be effectively managed.

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In the face of ongoing uncertainty surrounding the U.S. economic recovery, including the unpredictability of budgetary decisions in Congress, continued high unemployment and weak consumer demand, the Eurozone crisis, and ongoing tumult in the Middle East, the domestic and international economic climate is still very risky. This change and unpredictability require more vigilance from our business leaders. A trade credit insurance policy, if used properly, provides a valuable extension to a company’s credit management practices – a second pair of objective eyes when approving buyers, as well as an early warning system should things begin to decline so that exposure can be effectively managed.

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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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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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Risk Strategies Acquires Beattie & Associates

Risk Strategies | September 16, 2022

Risk Strategies, a leading national specialty insurance brokerage and risk management firm, today announced it has acquired Beattie & Associates, a retail agency in Missouri specializing in employee benefits for both individuals and employers. Terms of the deal were not announced. Headquartered in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, Missouri, Beattie & Associates is led by its principal, Tom Beattie. For more than 30 years, the agency has focused on helping both individuals and businesses across a range of industries, create effective and affordable employee benefits coverages that meet their specific needs. “We’re thrilled to welcome Tom and his team at Beattie & Associates to the Risk Strategies family, Their approach to both team and client work is a great fit with our culture and we’re excited to have them aboard as we expand our capabilities regionally.” -John Greenbaum, national employee benefits practice leader at Risk Strategies Beattie offers business clients a full range of employee benefit coverages, including group health, disability, life, dental, and vision, as well as associated support services. Beattie’s client base is highly loyal and largely concentrated in the Midwest Region. Wanting to preserve our specialty focus and expand our capabilities without losing our high-touch approach to client services made becoming part of Risk Strategies the absolute right choice, I’m excited by the possibilities to further extend our relationships and offerings, including property and casualty, to new and existing clients,said Beattie. In addition to its base in the St. Louis region, Beattie has presence across Big Sky and Bozeman, Montana, as well as Chicago. The Montana presence represents an expansion for Risk Strategies. Beattie’s Chicago presence will complement existing, long-standing Risk Strategies operations. About Risk Strategies Risk Strategies is a specialty national insurance brokerage and risk management firm offering comprehensive risk management advice and insurance and reinsurance placement for property & casualty, employee benefits, and private client services risks. With more than 30 specialty practices, Risk Strategies serves commercial companies, nonprofits, public entities, and individuals, and has access to all major insurance markets. Ranked among the top brokers in the country, Risk Strategies has over 100 offices including Boston, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Grand Cayman, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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