Insurtech, Insurance Technology in reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS)

Insurance technology, now known more widely as Insurtech, has the potential to bring significant efficiency & disruption to reinsurance, ILS & risk transfer markets.

Insurtech a hot trend with everyone from traditional reinsurance incumbents, as they seek to improve efficiency and stay ahead of the game, to brokers who are seeking to avoid disintermediation, to insurance-linked securities (ILS) players who see it as a way to enhance the efficiency of their capital even further.

The potential for Insurtech and Fintech initiatives to bring efficient capital, such as ILS capital and alternative reinsurance capital from third-party investors, more directly into contact with risk is huge. The opportunities to use technology to shorten and optimise the chain from original risk, to insurance, to reinsurance, to retrocession (or final capital source), will create winners and losers in the market, making this a trend to watch closely.

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FEMA urged to use parametric triggers & ILS to drive insurance penetration

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Parametric MGA Skyline Partners joins weatherXchange as capacity provider

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Blockchain based parametric weather insurance in first payouts

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Citadel offers weather hedging capacity on weatherXchange

Citadel Energy Investments Ltd., part of the giant Citadel investment organisation, is set to provide weather risk transfer capacity through the Speedwell Weather operated parametric weather risk transfer platform weatherXchange.Citadel invests and allocates capital across a huge range of asset classes, one of which within its commodities business is the read the full article →

Tremor hires reinsurance broker Ginter from Willis Re as VP of Sales

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Industry needs to give capital confidence in evolving risks, Baden-Baden told

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