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Personalization of Insurance

During the recent Pinnacle University event, we discussed the topic of personalized insurance and its place in the insurance market. The topic of personalized insurance includes the use of more personal data and predictors to price insurance for specific customers, as well as the ability to find insurance coverage for virtually anything you need at any limits you may desire. 

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Florida Assignment of Benefits: Is the End Finally in Sight?
For many years, the Florida property insurance market has been waiting for relief to its number one problem – assignment of benefits (AOB). It’s a problem that has affected both insurance companies and policyholders alike. Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier have asked the Florida Legislature to enact reform, and they have finally delivered by passing CS/CS/HB 7065. Pinnacle has been following this issue for many years and it has been a main topic in multiple presentations, including our State of the Florida Homeowners Market APEX webinars.
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Lemonade at the Close of 2018
James Wencil May 09, 2019 Posted in: Blog Posts, Homeowners, Insurance / Insurers
Lemonade Insurance Company is making noise in the homeowners and renters insurance markets as a pioneer in the Insurtech space. Lemonade opened its doors in 2016, supercharged with venture capital horsepower, strategic partnerships with global reinsurance giants, and an idea. Management aimed to take a fresh perspective on homeowners insurance by leveraging high-tech and behavioral economics. Not only is the front end of the insurance process automated, but so is the claims handling process. Utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain-backed anti-fraud algorithms, Lemonade is able to pay out 25% of claims in three seconds of receiving first notice of claim. The remaining claims are handled by Lemonade’s claim department staffed by human beings. 
Parametric Insurance: A New Spin on an Old Product
During this year’s Pinnacle University (Pinnacle U) event, we presented an overview of parametric insurance. Unlike traditional insurance coverage, parametric insurance is not an indemnification product. Instead, it determines a benefit payable in advance of the policy purchase by estimating the loss as accurately as possible, subject to certain conditions being satisfied. The cost of the policy is based on a pre-determined trigger. Examples might include maximum sustained wind speed for hurricane coverage or earthquake magnitude as measured by the Richter scale.
Will Wildfire Losses Continue to Spread?
Zach Brogadir June 05, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, Homeowners, Insurance / Insurers, News
At the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Spring Meeting, I had the pleasure of moderating a session entitled, What You Don't Know about Wildfires… Can Cost You. The topic drew a lot of interest, as 2017 was the most destructive and costly wildfire season ever recorded in the United States. The devastating wildfires affecting Northern California in October and Southern California in December claimed 43 lives and caused an estimated nearly $12 billion of insured losses. While California claimed the majority of 2017 wildfire losses, only about 13% of the total U.S. acres burned were in California. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, less densely-populated Montana and Nevada saw an even greater amount of burn. In total, wildfires scorched nearly double the 2016 area.
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