IRL Preview – March 2019

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Brexit – IRL, February 2019

* One Star Missing A Brexit of illusions By David Worsfold Brexit is everywhere. In the UK you cannot escape from it. Brexit dominates the news, the whole political system is consumed by it, it is top of boardroom agendas and it is the most frequent topic of...

IRL Preview – February 2019, Brexit articles

Subscribe to the Insurance Research Letter here. Each issue has topical articles written by experts that you won’t read anywhere else. Stay current with major developments with our Global Briefs; monthly Synopsis of insurer and broker news; and our popular Back Page...

IRL Preview – January 2019

What DARPA Technologies can offer the Insurance Industry – In the last decade, many of the giant humming brains of technology have migrated to government projects for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) because the work there has been super fun – their instructions were simply “build whatever massive tool you want to, and then turn it over to our analysts to use or not use as they choose.”

IRL Preview – December 2018

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IRL Preview – November 2018

M&A: No feeding frenzy but activity is up
Marsh’s recent marriage proposal to JLT was the first biggie of the year from my perspective. I thought this would prompt others to step up and that’s just what happened with last week’s engagement announcement between Brown & Brown and Hays Companies. You can read more about this affair later in this issue with an old friend Jim Hays weighing in on the whys. But here’s a hint: ‘culture’.

IRL Preview – October 2018

I am writing this article from InsureTech in Las Vegas, where the newest and brightest technology companies launch their solutions. The top question posed this year is: “Are humans replaceable in insurance.”

IRL Preview – September 2018

During disasters and emergencies people are affected by the stresses and challenges of these events. These stresses can sometimes be quite traumatic. We should be attentive to the ways in which such events affect and change those who are working, living, enduring, and surviving during a high-stress crisis. In addition to recognizing and adapting to the dynamics of those with whom we work or manage who are under tremendous pressures during crises, we ourselves as crisis managers are likewise affected by the stresses of these events.

IRL Preview – August 2018

At the time of writing, July 31st 2018, there stands approximately 11 weeks between the deadline by which the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) must reach some agreement as to what their post-brexit relationship will be. While the date of Britain’s departure from the EU is 29th March 2019 (with a proposed transition period lasting until 31st December 2020), a deal must be agreed by this October because it will require ratification in the individual parliaments of the 27 other EU member states, a process which will at its very least take 6 months.

Insurance Research Letter – October 2018

Does Size Matter?
I may be coloring outside of the lines, but the broker landscape seems to be shrinking once again. Back in my earlier days as a broker with Chicago-based Rollins Burdick Hunter Co, the firm made strategic acquisitions – a good many in California during the early days of chip manufacturing. This made sense because the firm wasn’t going to continue growing in the transportation (mostly rail and airlines) business – we already had many of the major railways (Alexander & Alexander had a good rail group in Baltimore as well); and bus transport (Greyhound) was still a meaningful business. New areas of expertise were needed. We had to be tactical as well as strategic which brought…

Insurance Research Letter – September 2018

Are US Health Insurers Doomed?
I never did fully understand and probably still don’t get what health insurance is all about in the United States. The term encompasses more than just insurance to help defray costs when you get sick – disability and long-term care insurance would be examples. But we will stick with health insurance here. With the alphabet soup of types of plans (HMOs, PPOs, POS, HDHP/SOs and conventional) nobody who isn’t on the sales or administration side of the business could possibly understand what’s going on. This is intentional.
Though health insurance is sometimes thought of being developed post World War II as a way to keep and attract good employees since wages were frozen and the labor market tight, the concept was first introduced around 1850 through the…

Insurance Research Letter – August 2018

Brexit – A Bridge Too Far
Be sure to read London Insurance Market braces itself for Brexit chaos and Theresa May or Theresa Cannot, this is but one question in our United Kingdom section. In our opinion Brexit is a train wreck waiting to happen. Also, a must read from our EC3 London law firm correspondent John Small – Brexit Update2

Insurance Research Letter – July 2018

Lead Article: Flexibility and Strength Are the Keys to Building Business Resilience By: Arnold Mascali, President and Founder, Procor Solutions + Consulting It is estimated that 40% of small businesses do not recover from natural or man-made disasters. Larger...

Insurance Research Letter – June 2018

Pioneering insurance protection for an autonomous world
By Nancy Bewlay, Global Chief Underwriting Officer, Casualty, XL Catlin

Is society ready for living in an autonomous world? Ready or not, it’s here. In fact, it’s been with us for a while. The better question for those of us in the insurance industry to ask is whether we’re ready for it. While society is getting acquainted with the advantages and the risks of piloting and adopting autonomy and its implications, we need to be ready to address the risks and liabilities associated with it.

Insurance Research Letter – May 2018

Lead article: Gun violence can be stopped – First Look™ / Last Stand™ ByJim Satterfield and Harry Rhulen There is a Solution to School & Workplace Violence “If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.” ~ Dr. William Glasser The shooting at...

Insurance Research Letter – April 2018

5 Cyber Insurance Trends to Watch for in 2018

What will cyber insurance buyers face in the coming year? Here’s a snapshot of the top five trends buyers can expect, based on findings from our 2018 Marketplace Realities Report: Cyber risk.

Insurance Research Letter – March 2018

The nation and the world watched in disbelief as yet another incident of school violence splashed across screens and news feeds.

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, as the school day drew to an end, the gates to the parking lots of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – a multi-acre campus of more than 3,200 students – were open to allow buses and cars to enter. When the school opened in 1990 it was lauded for its $27 million state-of-the-art campus.

Normally, visitors checked-in through the school’s main entrance on…(subscribe to read more)

Insurance Research Letter – February 2018

2017 Was the Costliest Year to Date – Here’s Why
“In 2017, there were 16 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included 1 drought event, 2 flooding events, 1 freeze event, 8 severe storm events, 3 tropical cyclone events, and 1 wildfire event. Overall, these events resulted in the deaths of 362 people and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted.”

According to NOAA data, 2017 became the costliest year to date, surpassing 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina. Previously, 2005 topped the chart with $215 billion in losses. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helped propel 2017 to a total of $306 billion in losses. Harvey created the most financial damage, resulting in nearly 41 percent of the total yearly cost, or $125 billion. Login to read more….