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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B3i say catastrophe XOL reinsurance system to launch this month

B3i, the insurance and reinsurance industry initiative that aims to create standardised systems for transacting in reinsurance using a distributed ledger, says that its catastrophe excess-of-loss (XOL) reinsurance placement system is finally ready to be released.B3i launched as a blockchain focused consortium of industry insider companies, aiming to create a read the full article →

Hudson Structured leads investment round for insurtech RiskGenius

Hudson Structured Capital Management Ltd. (doing its insurance investment business as HSCM Bermuda), the insurance-linked securities (ILS), reinsurance and transportation focused investment manager, led a Series B funding round for insurtech Risk Genius.RiskGenius provides software-based natural language processing tools that help to improve the quality and accuracy of insurance policies.As read the full article →

Oxfam, Aon & Etherisc automate parametric weather insurance on a blockchain

A collaboration between Oxfam in Sri Lanka, insurance and reinsurance broker Aon and insurtech blockchain solutions provider Etherisc has delivered a parametric weather insurance product that will make automated payouts to smallholder farmers.The trio, alongside local insurer Sanasa, have launched and begun enrolling farmers into a blockchain-based platform that will read the full article →

Insurance Acquisition Corp. sees potential combinations across the insurance spectrum

Following its successful capital raise, Insurance Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: INSUU) is looking to find a model which is angled towards the future and sees interesting possibilities in various types of risk transfer entities, according to John Butler and Amanda Abrams.Insurance Acquisition Corp. is a Cohen & Company, LLC backed insurance, read the full article →

Revolutionising Lloyd’s without ILS market input could backfire

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Hudson Structured, Nephila invest in AI property data insurtech Tensorflight

Tensorflight, an artificial intelligence insurtech start-up that offers property data to help insurance and reinsurance firms better understand their exposures has closed a $2 million funding round with support from ILS managers Hudson Structured Capital Management and Nephila Capital.The $2 million investment round was led by venture specialists ff Venture read the full article →

Hudson Structured invests in auto insurtech Noblr

Hudson Structured Capital Management Ltd., the insurance-linked securities (ILS), reinsurance and transportation focused investment manager, has led an investment round for automotive insurtech Noblr.Noblr is a car insurance start-up that leverages technology to provide an experience driven protection product that rewards good driving behaviour with real-time competitive rates.Noblr is built read the full article →

Risk transfer a key tool in climate change adaptation: Nephila report

Risk transfer is often overlooked in discussions relating to climate change and adaptation to it, as instruments including weather risk transfer and catastrophe reinsurance are able to send price signals to help public and private sector entities better understand the economic value at risk.This is according to a new report read the full article →

ChainThat takes blockchain risk exchange to Bermuda Innovation Hub

ChainThat has been approved as the first company to join The Bermuda Monetary Authority's (BMA) Innovation Hub and will house its Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) driven risk and capital exchange there for the duration of its trial period.ChainThat, a provider of blockchain solutions for the insurance and reinsurance industry, read the full article →

Capital + tech + data can help address climate risks: Schauble, Nephila

The use of efficient capital from the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market, along with advanced technology and expanding amounts of data, can help the world in addressing climate risk, comments by Barney Schauble, Managing Principal at Nephila Advisors suggest.With climate change rising up the political and social agenda all the time, read the full article →