Digital Insurance | December 14, 2021
While some insurance providers are turning to fintech to expand agents’ ability to offer financial planning, investment management and even cryptocurrency, at least one is looking to digitize how it sells actual life insurance.
Equitable, a financial services company that was previously owned by AXA Group, has partnered with fintech startup Bestow to launch an entirely digital term life insurance product. Called Term-in-10, the product will only be available through Equitable’s network of financial professionals, including financial advisors on its brokerage, Equitable advisors.
After working with an advisor to determine a client’s specific life insurance needs, Bestow’s technology lets clients apply for a policy entirely online. A medical exam is never required, and if the application is approved, coverage begins immediately, reducing a traditionally weeks-long process down to about 10 minutes while providing a more accurate risk assessment, according to Bestow co-founder and CEO Melbourne O’Banion.
“There are substantial advantages to using a financial professional and life insurance agent who understands the specific requirements each client needs to protect their family and provide them with a comprehensive financial strategy,”
- Dave Karr, chairman of the firm’s brokerage, Equitable Advisors.
This is Bestow’s first deal with a large financial services firm, and it will be the sole infrastructure provider for the entire sale and administration process — from application to underwriting to policy servicing. Launched in 2017, the fintech has raised $150 million in funding and successfully acquired Centurion Life Insurance. The company did not disclose how many clients it serves or its assets under management.
The company is trying to make life insurance more accessible to underserved families by selling directly to consumers, partnering with insurance firms and through financial advisors, O’Banion said. There are 102 million Americans who believe they need to buy life insurance or increase their coverage, according to LIMRA, but there has been a lack of digital innovation to help carriers reach the modern consumer, O’Banion said.
Creative Planning | June 14, 2022
Rosen Capital Management has joined forces with Creative Planning LLC, one of the largest Registered Investment Advisers ("RIA") in the country. Rosen Capital Management has $114 million in AUM and brings 2 new employees into the Creative Planning fold, including the firm's CEO, Glenn Rosen.
Rosen Capital Management is a third-generation family business that began in 1948 as a life and health insurance agency, ultimately transitioning into a full-fledged financial planning and money management firm. They specialize in complete financial planning to include tax minimization strategies, wealth management, insurance needs and estate planning.
Creative Planning is excited to bring on the Rosen Capital Management team who will help us break deeper into the Georgia market, From our first conversations with the Rosen team, we knew that the fit would be perfect due to their work ethic, dedication to clients, and overall core values."
Peter Mallouk, CEO of Creative Planning.
We are excited to join the Creative Planning team and utilize their expanded resources and talent to better serve our clients, Rosen Capital Management is a family business, and we are excited to join Creative Planning and have our family grow with Peter and the rest of the team!"
With its latest acquisition, the second in just two short weeks, Creative Planning manages or advises on over $225 billion in assets across all 50 states and 65 countries with continued plans for growth throughout 2022. Additionally, Incap (Baltimore) served as financial advisor to Rosen Capital Management on the transaction.
About Creative Planning
Creative Planning, LLC is an independent wealth management firm that provides a financial planning led investment management approach, retirement planning, estate planning, trust services, tax planning and family office services for individuals as well as 401(k) and institutional clients. Creative Planning manages or advises on over $225 billion in assets across all 50 states and 65 countries, as of December 31, 2021.
SAS | June 28, 2022
Global AI and analytics leader SAS has acquired Honolulu-based Kamakura Corporation. Privately held Kamakura provides specialized software, data and consulting that helps financial organizations across the spectrum – banks, insurance companies, asset managers, pension funds and more – manage a variety of financial risks.
SAS' investment decision comes as post-pandemic optimism is shadowed by war, unyielding supply chain disruption, and the end of many pandemic-era financial and social safety-net programs. Rising inflation and recession rumblings have emerged as dark clouds on the global economic horizon, signaling potential turbulence ahead – a time for financial services organizations large and small to closely examine the liquidity risk and other risks in their portfolios.
This acquisition is an extension of tremendous investments already made in SAS' cloud-ready risk management platform and integrated solutions, It signals our intent to advance market-changing risk solutions to solve the most pressing challenges our financial services customers face. We foresee that the resulting strength of SAS technology, paired with Kamakura's risk analytics and credit models, will prove far greater than the sum of its parts."
SAS co-founder and CEO Jim Goodnight.
In acquiring Kamakura, SAS aims to deliver an unparalleled suite of integrated risk solutions, particularly around asset liability management (ALM), and serve additional facets of the financial services industry.
SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.
Combined Insurance | April 29, 2022
Combined Insurance, a Chubb company and a leading North American provider of supplemental insurance sold both directly to individuals and at the worksite, today announced charitable grants to two nonprofits focused on supporting military service members, veterans, and their families.
The contributions are in keeping with the company's longstanding philanthropic efforts and its enduring commitment to giving back to those who have served the nation. The recipient organizations are:
Luke's Wings, which provides for emergency travel by the families of ill and injured service members, veterans, and fallen officers during hospital recovery and rehabilitation.
Fisher House Foundation, which builds comfort homes at military and VA medical centers so that family members can stay nearby - at no cost - while a loved one is in the hospital.
The grants are part of Operation Veteran Giveback, a nationwide Combined sales competition in which the two highest-performing zone teams earn the honor of selecting a military- or veteran-related grant recipient. The first-place Northeast Zone team (with a market territory extending from Maine to New Jersey) selected Luke's Wings; the second-place South Zone team (encompassing markets from Texas to Kentucky) selected Fisher House Foundation.
We appreciate Combined's continued support of our efforts on behalf of military, veteran, and police families during their most difficult times, It's our mission to reunite heroes with family members, so they can receive critical emotional support during recovery and rehabilitation."
Fletcher Gill, Co-Founder and CEO of Luke's Wings.
By supporting Fisher House, Combined is helping military and veteran family members avoid tremendous out-of-pocket costs for lodging while a service member is in the hospital, We believe that a family's love is good medicine, and our houses help bring loved ones together during critical months of treatment and recovery."
Dave Coker, President of Fisher House Foundation.
In addition to supporting military and veteran-focused nonprofit organizations, Combined is strongly committed to hiring military veterans. The company established its military recruiting program in 2010, and has hired more than 5,500 veterans, military spouses, and their family members since then.
This year's Operation Veteran Giveback program is of special meaning to us at Combined as we celebrate our 100th anniversary this year and honor our company's philanthropic traditions, Each year, our sales teams are proud to compete for the chance to give back to those who have made great sacrifices for the country."
Mat Matarrese, Senior Vice President, U.S. Agency at Combined Insurance.
About Combined Insurance
Combined Insurance Company of America is a Chubb company and a leading provider of supplemental accident, health, disability, and life insurance products in the U.S.* and Canada. Headquartered in Chicago with a tradition of 100 years of success, we are committed to making the world of supplemental insurance easy to understand. The company has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and an A + (Superior) financial strength rating by A.M. Best. We are ranked by VIQTORY as the number one Military Friendly® Employer in 2022 ($1-5 billion revenue category), marking Combined's eleventh consecutive year on the Top 10 list.