Annual insured losses from global catastrophes reach US$92 billion

AIR Worldwide | September 09, 2019

Catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide, a business of Verisk Insurance, has released its 2019 Global Modelled Catastrophe Losses report. The report, which outlined key loss metrics from the firm’s global industry exceedance probability (EP) curve, estimated that the global modelled insurance average annual loss from catastrophes worldwide was around US$92 billion. Meanwhile, the 1% aggregate exceedance probability insured loss was almost US$288 billion – more than double the record losses seen in 2018 from several hurricanes and other natural disasters. “With four months left in 2019, there’s still the possibility of experiencing significant insured losses,” said Rob Newbold, executive vice president at AIR Worldwide. The report also touched upon global economic losses from catastrophes, which can vastly exceed insured losses depending on the region and threat.

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Sky Wolfe joins Fast-Growing Newfront's Northwest Team

Newfront | January 06, 2022

Top risk consultant Sky Wolfe is the latest addition to Newfront, a tech-enabled, full-service brokerage based in San Francisco, CA. As Assistant Vice President and Producer, Sky will serve clients in the Real Estate and Development, Construction, Architects and Engineers, and Manufacturing industries. "We are thrilled to welcome Sky, as we continue expanding our Newfront Pacific Northwest team, with his unparalleled record of service, His high level of expertise, effective leadership, and proven results in developing effective risk management solutions for clients builds on Newfront's strong value proposition." -Newfront Chief Sales Officer Garth Hamilton. Sky, who is based in Portland, Oregon, joins the company from Parker, Smith & Feek and brings more than a decade of experience in working with top global firms. He says that Newfront intrigued him due to its unique combination of insurance brokerage services and technology. About Newfront Newfront is transforming the delivery of risk management, employee experience, insurance, and retirement solutions by building the modern insurance platform. Transparent data delivered real-time translates into a lower total cost of risk and greater insights. Newfront makes insurance work for you.

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CORE INSURANCE

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

expert.ai | December 28, 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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INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY

Insurtech Startup Honeycomb Raises $15.4MM in Series A Round, Led by Ibex Investors

Honeycomb | January 21, 2022

Honeycomb announced that it has raised $15.4 million in a Series A funding round led by Ibex Investors. The fast-growing digital insurance provider has developed the first technology stack for multi-family properties that dramatically streamlines the arduous, time-consuming process faced by landlords and condo owners associations seeking insurance. Moreover, Honeycomb's proprietary AI-driven technology also is the first to enable the delivery of bespoke, "right-priced" insurance coverages – instantly. The U.S. and Israel-based company, which only began writing U.S. policies in June of 2021, now operates in four states -- Illinois, Arizona, Michigan, and Ohio – with plans this year to launch in ten more states covering 60% of the country. Honeycomb expects to insure more than $1B of real estate assets by the end of Q1 2022. "Commercial lines insurance and specifically insurance for multi-family properties is ripe for disruption given the sheer complexity entailed in underwriting this class of risk, its manual processing legacy, and the absence of a leader in the market, At Honeycomb, we have succeeded in converting the institutional knowledge of our team of industry veterans into algorithms that parse deep, first-party, location-specific data to more accurately evaluate risk. As a result, we can perform more robust underwriting quicker and at a lower cost structure than previously possible," -Honeycomb's co-founder and CEO Itai Ben-Zaken. SiriusPoint Ltd, a global insurer and reinsurer, and Honeycomb's own lead underwriting capacity provider, will also participate in this funding round as a new investor alongside lead investor Ibex Investors, and existing investors Phoenix Insurance, Distributed Ventures (FKA NFP Ventures), IT-Farm, and Sure Ventures, all of which have increased their stakes. With this new round, Honeycomb has to date raised $19 million. "Honeycomb is poised to change the game of real estate insurance, Their platform uniquely leverages both first and third-party data to disaggregate risk in ways that are totally different from the rest of the industry. Honeycomb is growing at a rapid pace since its launch, and we believe they will become the dominant platform in this market," -Gal Gitter, partner at Ibex Investors. In a market segment estimated to be worth $26 billion in the U.S. alone, Honeycomb is the first multi-family property insurance provider to innovate simultaneously on 3 distinct fronts: (1) Streamlining the customer and broker experience; (2) Leveraging unique proprietary underwriting technology that accurately "right-prices" every individual risk and provides discounts no other provider gives, and; (3) Offering bespoke insurance coverage that adapts to ever-changing client needs. For example, Honeycomb allows for customized policies that hadn't existed within the segment's traditional "one-size-fits-all" approach. These include insuring properties with Airbnb rentals while offering enhanced Ordinance and Law coverage, distinct Business Income and Extra Expense coverages, and a right-sized approach to deductibles in risk-prone areas. Multi-family property owners, condo and homeowners associations that follow Honeycomb's guidelines and mitigation requests continue to get deeper discounts as time goes by. This model is a win-win because it encourages positive self-selection. Customers who take great care of their properties will receive prices with which other insurance providers can't compete. The company sells its policies directly via its own platform and through a hand-picked and growing group of best-in-class insurance brokers who enjoy distinct advantages. With Honeycomb, they can provide as many as 30 bindable quotes per hour, and in real time – a vast improvement over a process that historically took weeks with multiple "touches" and follow-ups to produce a single quote. This translates to greater profitability for brokers, and accounts for the extraordinary interest the company is now receiving from the brokerage community. About Honeycomb Honeycomb is a reinsurance-backed MGA providing simple, fair, and affordable multi-family property insurance through its end-to-end digital platform. With offices in Denver, San Francisco and Tel Aviv, Honeycomb leverages proprietary user-generated data, advanced AI, and computer-vision to automate the normally arduous and costly underwriting process. Honeycomb significantly improves the customer experience and provides tailored coverage at a competitive price point and at improved profit margins through its real-time rate/quote/bind offering and its data-driven "right-pricing" advantage.

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INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY

High Street Insurance Partners Successfully Acquires Gemini Risk Partners

High Street Insurance Partners | March 30, 2022

High Street Insurance Partners ("HSIP") announced today that it has acquired Michigan based Gemini Risk Partners. Gemini Risk Partners was founded by attorneys David Kramer and Theodore Nittis to service the insurance needs of law firms. The agency specializes in providing professional liability coverage and other comprehensive insurance solutions exclusively to law firms. Law firms are turning to Gemini Risk Partners expertise to give them the peace of mind they need to effectively practice law and not worry about professional liability coverage. This partnership continues to build out our specialty expertise in key verticals for our clients." Scott Wick, CEO of HSIP. We are excited to join HSIP, together with our client focused philosophies we will be able to provide sophisticated insurance solutions to manage specific and unique risks faced by all our law firm clients." David Kramer, Principal of Gemini Risk Partners. HSIP, one of the fastest growing insurance brokerages in North America, has now completed 109 transactions since forming the company in mid-2018. About High Street Insurance Partners High Street Insurance Partners (HSIP) is a full-service independent insurance brokerage firm. Founded in 2018, the Traverse City, Michigan-based company provides a broad array of business insurance & risk management; employee benefits & human capital management; financial & retirement services; and personal insurance solutions delivered through community-focused agencies. HSIP employs over 1,800 insurance specialists & consultants in offices based in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas & Virginia.

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A lot of people have the misconception that the Dwelling Coverage on your insurance policy reflects the Market Value of your home.  For most insurance policies, this isn’t the case at all.  The Dwelling Coverage is an estimate of the Replacement Cost for your home.

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