Plymouth Rock to offer quick-buy homeowners’ insurance product in new state

insurancebusinessmag | May 16, 2019

Plymouth Rock Assurance is now offering its homeowners insurance product in one more state.
The insurance company is selling coverage for homeowners using an online platform that can quote and bind policies in just minutes. Plymouth Rock originally ran a pilot of the product in Pennsylvania for two years, but now the product is launching in New Jersey.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to be a major insurance-industry disruptor. Here’s how executives in the sector view this emerging technology, based on research from the recent Cognizant report “The Insurance AI Imperative.”

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to be a major insurance-industry disruptor. Here’s how executives in the sector view this emerging technology, based on research from the recent Cognizant report “The Insurance AI Imperative.”

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PCMI Announces Equity Investment from Equality Asset Management to Accelerate Growth

PCMI Corporation, Equality Asset Management | January 21, 2021

PCMI (Policy Claims Management International), a main supplier of administration software for the automotive, consumer and industrial warranty and service management markets reported its first equity investment from Boston-based growth equity firm, Equality Asset Management, and Chicago-based, First Analysis. Financial terms were not revealed. PCMI offers a cutting edge set-up of software answers for policy administration, claims management, risk management and the financial management of insurance products. PCMI's clients incorporate driving unique hardware makers, outsider heads, self-overseers and guarantors who offer and oversee warranties, service contracts and other account and insurance products. Since beginning, PCMI's software has been utilized to direct in excess of 50 million strategies and cycle in excess of 23 million claims. "In 2012, I saw the opportunity to introduce a modern, purpose-built software to a market that was underserved. Since then, we have worked tirelessly on our mission to build the most comprehensive administration platform in the market. Our passion for technology and commitment to continuous improvement has led us to become a leader in our industry," said Mark Nagelvoort, President & CEO of PCMI. "Equality Asset Management has a track record of investing in SaaS based companies within high growth markets and can provide operational expertise that will allow us to accelerate our growth initiatives. Their support will be invaluable as we continue to make innovations on our platform and expand product capabilities to meet the evolving business needs of our customers. I'm thrilled we have them as a trusted partner as we enter this exciting new phase of our journey." "Mark and the leadership team and employees of PCMI have built a remarkable company. Their focus on product, deep understanding of their customers and markets and culture of innovation have been core to their success," said Jeff Del Papa, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Equality Asset Management. "The market for warranty administration software is in an attractive upgrade cycle and PCMI is very well positioned with a complete, modern platform. We're excited to work alongside this experienced team and to support PCMI's expansion." "PCMI is the demonstrated category leader, consistently delivering essential, high value solutions to customers. As consumer demands evolve, the need for flexible software will continue to increase across the F&I value chain," added Oscar Loynaz, Vice President at Equality. With this investment, PCMI will proceed with its emphasis on item extension and client acquisition in North America and internationally. About PCMI Corporation PCMI offers a modular package of software solutions for the administration of F&I Products, Service Contracts, and Extended Warranties. PCMI's SaaS platform, Policy Claim and Reporting Solutions™ (PCRS), supports and automates the full lifecycle of all aftermarket products and provides the most flexible environment for administrators, insurers, OEM's, agents, and dealers to launch new products. Our global team enables continuous around-the-clock innovation and customer-focused support. About Equality Asset Management Equality Asset Management is a growth-focused private equity firm. Equality provides equity capital and strategic and operating support to companies with long-term growth potential in the technology and tech-enabled healthcare sectors. With decades of investment experience and operating experience, the firm has earned a reputation for value-creation, serving as steadfast partners to Founders and CEOs. Equality is based in Boston. First Analysis went about as the elite financial advisor to PCMI for the exchange. Winston and Strawn LLP went about as legal advisor to PCMI. Goodwin Procter LLP went about as legal advisor to Equality Asset Management.

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The Evolution of Cyber Insurance in 2021 Through the Lens of expert.ai's Artificial Intelligence

expert.ai | December 21, 2021

Expert.ai (EXAI:IM), the premier artificial intelligence (AI) platform for language understanding, today released a new Expert IQ Report, "How Cyber Insurance Has Evolved in 2021." The report provides insurers with insight into unprecedented change and risk being driven by the pandemic, causing costs to soar and confusion to spread across the marketplace. In the first half of 2021 alone, threat research shows global cyber-attacks climbed 29%, ransomware incidents jumped 93% and demands rose an astounding 518%. Report findings are produced using expert.ai's advanced natural language understanding (NLU) capabilities. The technology takes a unique approach to AI by combining symbolic human-like comprehension and machine learning (ML) to create practical applications that deliver real business impact and measurable benefits. With deep understanding of any kind of document (presentations, contracts, emails, claims, reports, posts, social media messages, etc.) it helps organizations turn unstructured language details into structured data at speed and scale. This augments discovery capabilities and streamlines the automation of complex, knowledge-centric processes. The Expert IQ Report is a regular series that provides deep content analysis from massive amounts of language data on a given subject. For "How Cyber Insurance Has Evolved in 2021," expert.ai analyzed a sample of approximately 1,130 articles, published in a range of insurance industry outlets between January 2021 and November 2021. Focused on insurance news, opinions and analysis, the analysis identified the cyber-related issues discussed most online, capturing the main topics, trends and sentiment expressed about them. A few of the cyber insurance findings in the report include: Products and impact: Cybersecurity and cyber risks were common themes with data clearly showing both a need for more suitable insurance products and the potential impact on existing contracts. Insurers struggle with risk: A strong correlation between cyber threats and COVID-19 appears to show that underwriters are struggling to evaluate their exposure to pandemic-generated vulnerabilities. Resilience and relevance: Cyber risks have been testing the ability of organizations to prepare for, respond to and recover from attacks. As a result, resiliency emerged as the main topic across 67% of cyber-related articles in the sample analyzed, proving the insurance sector is still relevant to global improvements in cyber resilience. "What makes policy review and comparison especially complex for cyber is that threats are evolving and growing. Contracts may exceed 100 pages – it's not easy to streamline the review process to avoid unintended risk exposure while ensuring coverage certainty, With NLU, we augment underwriters by making policy reviews faster, more consistent and accurate. We help them overcome new challenges - like those posed by 'silent cyber' - by improving the reading, identification and extractions of critical information around explicit and implicit coverages." -Pamela Negosanti, head of sector strategy for financial services and insurance at expert.ai. "The right AI approach can provide enterprises competitive advantage by automatically generating fast, accurate market understanding from existing business documents. You can identify emerging risks and trends, gain a detailed picture of sentiment, design more effective and profitable products, seize new opportunities and more. It's insight today for decision-making that'll shape your future and provide strategic advantage." -Keith C. Lincoln, expert.ai CMO About expert.ai Expert.ai (EXAI: IM) is the premier artificial intelligence platform for language understanding. Its unique hybrid approach to natural language combines symbolic human-like comprehension and machine learning to extract useful knowledge and insight from unstructured data to improve decision making. With a full range of on-premises, private and public cloud offerings, expert.ai enhances business operations, accelerates and scales natural language data science capabilities while simplifying AI adoption across a vast range of industries, including insurance, banking & finance, publishing & media, defense & intelligence, life science & pharma, and oil, gas & energy. Expert.ai has cemented itself at the forefront of natural language solutions and serves global businesses such as AXA XL, Zurich Insurance Group, Generali, The Associated Press, Bloomberg INDG, BNP Paribas, Rabobank, Gannett and EBSCO.

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Fortegra Financial Corporation Announces the Formation of New Excess and Surplus Lines Subsidiary Fortegra Specialty Insurance Company.

Business Wire | October 01, 2020

Fortegra Financial Corporation, a leading specialty insurer and subsidiary of Tiptree Inc. Announced today the formation of a new excess and surplus lines subsidiary, Fortegra Specialty Insurance Company. Now that it has received approval in its domicile state of Arizona, Fortegra’s new E&S subsidiary is working to obtain the remaining regulatory approvals necessary to conduct business throughout the United States. Fortegra anticipates that underwriting within the E&S company will commence in the fourth quarter of 2020. Richard Kahlbaugh, CEO of Fortegra, commented, We have seen rates harden in the market. The catalysts for the hardening are diverse and as such we expect the trend to continue for the foreseeable future. Adding an excess and surplus lines company to our portfolio was a natural response, allowing us to broaden our product reach and scope within the U.S.

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