North American commercial insurance buyers to face price rises in 2020

Insurance Business America | November 14, 2019

A new report by Willis Towers Watson has suggested that buyers of commercial insurance in North America will encounter sizable price increases across most lines of insurance in 2020. The report, 2020 Insurance Marketplace Realities, said that next year will be a seller’s market, with 19 lines of insurance expected to see price increases. In particular, the property, umbrella, and public company directors and officers (D&O) lines will experience the most “widespread” hikes at around 20% and higher, as well as capacity withdrawals. On the flip side, Willis Towers Watson projects that international casualty and surety will see price decreases next year. Six lines – fiduciary, environmental, marine, political risk, kidnap and ransom, and terrorism – will have a mix of both or flat renewals.

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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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Styra | July 18, 2022

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Styra Run features: Seamless integration into the application UI, API, and data layer Offloaded storage and global replication of end-user permissions data Pre-built OPA logic for application authorization use cases like adding sharing capabilities for consumer apps or team-based controls for enterprise apps “Styra Run revolutionizes the way that app developers think about and implement authorization for end-users,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and CTO of Styra “Every app on the planet has permissions, access control, sharing or other authorization built in. But by eliminating the need to constantly recreate authorization in each application, Styra Run improves time to market and quality, and provides better features than teams would build themselves. Similar to how ‘Sign in with Google’ eliminated the need for local user identity and passwords, Styra Run eliminates the need for custom built-per-app permission systems, so app developers and product teams can focus on better features and end-user experience.” “Styra Run revolutionizes the way that app developers think about and implement authorization for end-users,” said Tim Hinrichs, co-founder and CTO of Styra Styra Run is hosted, managed and maintained by Styra and is developed by OPA’s creators. OPA is the de facto standard for authorization in the cloud-native environment with over 130M downloads to date, and is used by global organizations such as Goldman Sachs, Atlassian and Pinterest. The current state of SaaS authorization Before Styra Run, access control functionality — such as defining who can edit a document, see photos or create new users within an application — had to be implemented differently for every application, based on the application’s particular coding language and database type. Authorization controls are considered a tier-0 service and thus require high availability, very low latency, global replication and strict consistency guarantees. Building a solution that meets these demands typically requires 6-18 months of work by a team of specialists. Once built, the authorization system must be maintained, upgraded and patched throughout the entire application lifecycle. Styra Run eliminates the need for custom authorization deployment Styra Run provides customers an enterprise-grade authorization service, available via simple drop-in APIs, for companies who build and manage SaaS applications. 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Aline Capital, LLC | June 16, 2022

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