Best's Review. September 2021

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Título: Best's Review. September 2021

Contiene: AM Best TV & Audio: Insurers Can Make Their Voices Heard in Conversations Concerning Climate Change: Also, industry professionals examine the effects of human services staffing shortages and the relationship between diversity and inclusivity and profitability. AM Best Webinars: Panelists Examine a Global Reinsurance Market Grappling With COVID, Natural Disasters: Professionals also offer their thoughts on the captive insurance sector as well as current economic and industry outlooks for the Caribbean region. App Store: Health Insurance Startup's App Can Predict Cost of Any Medical Procedure: Sidecar Health CEO: Price transparency and incentives are changing health care. Asset Management: Insurers Increasingly Seeing Private Equity Enter Investment Portfolios and the Boardroom: Once seen as a realm of buyouts and structured finance, private equity firms are learning to appreciate insurers for the lower yield and reliable credit markets they represent. Meanwhile, insurers stung by low interest rates see a chance for higher investment yields with private equity. At Large: The Evolution of Work: Our Post-Pandemic Return to the Office: Employees want flexibility, but insurance is a relationship business. As the world returns to a new normal, companies that don't prioritize relationships will be at a competitive disadvantage. Best's Rankings: Largest 25 U.S. Mutual Life Insurers 2020: Ranked by gross premiums written. Best's Rankings: Top 25 US Life/Health Insurers: Ranked by 2020 ordinary life business issued. Best's Rankings: Top 50 World's Largest Reinsurance Groups: Ranked by unaffiliated gross premiums written in 2020. Book Store: Author Looks at the Future of Insurance for Startups: Bryan Falchuk's latest book also addresses how a new generation of carriers is rethinking customers' evolving needs. Canada Insurers: Coalition Enters Cyber Excess Market in Canada: The move follows on the heels of Coalition's launch into the country's insurance market in 2020. Corporate Changes: Mergers, Acquisition, State Action and Name, Domiciliary and Ownership Changes: WellCare Health Plans of Tennessee, Universal and Western General are among the U.S. life/health and property/casualty insurers that have experienced a corporate change. Executive Changes: FM Global Names New President, CEO to Succeed Thomas A. Lawson, Makes Executive Appointments: Also, Westfield taps former Vantage Risk head to lead new specialty venture and Beazley names new chief operating officer. From the Editor's Desk: Life Insurers Recruit Agents While Building Digital Sales Approaches: The September issue also includes AM Best's exclusive ranking of the Top Global Reinsurance Groups as well as an interview with NAMIC's Neil Alldredge. In the News: Regulatory Update: Workers' comp ruling and China extends agreement. In the News: UK Treasury, Lloyd's Team Up on Reinsurance Scheme: The scheme covers costs incurred if lockdowns are reimposed that cause the cancellation of a live event. Industry Updates: Partners Say Amazon Digital Insurance Network Offers Growth Potential: Marsh: Organizations are increasingly seeking to offer a variety of insurance products to third parties and customers, with a digital-first delivery strategy. Industry Updates: VCIA: Vermont New Captive Licenses Experience Growth Spurt in 2020: The hard market in insurance has spurred many organizations to look at their risk and how to finance it. Insurance Marketing: Sponsorship Deal With PGA Continues; Insurance Advertisers' Overall Spend Dipped Slightly in 2020: American Family Insurance extends its PGA Tour tournament sponsorship, and sectors like life insurance saw a drop in advertising spending last year during the pandemic while auto insurers slightly increased their spend. Insurtechs: The Billion-Dollar Question: What's the Allure of Investing in Insurtechs?: The scale of the insurance industry plus its lack of technological sophistication have venture capitalists eyeing insurtechs. Life Insurance: Life Insurers Look for Big Things in Small Packages as They Target Middle Market in Online Sales: Online life insurance distribution picks up steam after more than a year of business disruptions forced the industry to quickly pivot. The companies are finding scale in smaller, direct-to-consumer policies. Life Insurance: Retention Plans: How Life Insurers Are Getting Agents to Stay on the Job: Life insurers say they working to meet the challenge of retaining new agents. Life Insurance: Taking a Leap: Life insurers attract new agents seeking to make career moves. Mutuals: NAMIC's New President-CEO Embarks on a Mission to Be the Voice of the Mutual Industry': Neil Alldredge talks to AM Best TV about the organization's future post-COVID and how mutuals' unique business model serves them well. Reinsurance: Booming Housing Market Plus Low Interest Rates Boost Reinsurance and Private Mortgage Insurance: Private mortgage insurance has grown 19% from 2016 to 2020, reaching $6.4 billion in 2020, according to AM Best. Risk Adviser: Health Apps Must Focus on Immediate Desires (Put Down the Doughnut): Human motivation should be at the heart of digital wellness design. The Last Word: Cosby, Weinstein Attorney Advises Insurers to Clearly Define Policy Exclusions and Coverages: Recent sexual assault cases involving celebrities like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein highlight the need for policies such as homeowners and personal excess liability insurance to cover defamation and civil claims. Trending: Best's Research: Trending Research Includes Reports on Private Equity and Ransomware: Other trending research includes a report on the impact of ESG factors on AM Best ratings and a report on Florida's difficult market. Web Traffic: Visits to Top US Life/Health Insurers: Home Sweet Homepage: Web Analytics Provider Semrush's ranking of home page visits of the top US life/health insurers based on admitted assets. What AM Best Says: AM Best: Growing Interest in Identity Theft Coverage Compels Insurers to Evolve: The COVID-19 pandemic has increased exposure to the digital world and the frequency and severity of personal cyber crimes have become more prevalent. What Readers Say: Cryptocurrency Feedback: Reader responses to The Question posed in the July issue of Best's Review concerning the future of cryptocurrencies in the insurance industry.

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