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In an ever-changing economic environment, businesses are looking for new and innovative ways to effectively manage capital and assets. Some companies are seeking alternatives to traditional insurance coverages through the use of a captive insurance company.   What is Captive Insurance? Basically, a captive insurer is an insurance company that is completely controlled and owned by its insured. However simplistic as this may sound, the scope and administration...

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Public entities, such as government agencies and municipalities, have unique needs when it comes to insurance and risk management. Because their sources of revenue are public funds, i.e. taxpayer dollars, they are held to a higher level of stewardship than businesses in the private sector. In order to help mitigate risk while preserving revenue, some public entities are joining risk-sharing pools. While there are advantages to...

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Insurers come in all shapes and sizes, from Tier 1 monolithic operations to the smallest captives and self-insured groups.  One thing has been made clear to me in the 30-plus years I’ve served this industry: Regardless of size, many insurers do not fully understand their technology requirements. I’m not saying this because I want to sell them something they don’t need; I’m saying it because...

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Advances in technology have led to increased efficiency across the enterprise. But with increased data speed and communication and business growth comes increased risk for both enterprise-level organizations and small businesses. Data must be kept secure as it moves across the digital space. Digital communications must be safeguarded. Outsourced industries and specialties must be vetted before being entrusted with proprietary information or client data.   Non-traditional insurance...

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Small to mid-size agencies regularly outsource business functions. From insurance management software to accounting and payroll management, smaller firms simply do not have the budget to accommodate specialized IT or other staff. Since agencies already partner with a range of third-party services, partnering with an insurance and risk management consultancy is a logical next step. Here's why this kind of partnership will assist your agency...

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Connections Management Software Runs CIC's World Smaller businesses turn to captive insurance solutions when they aim to close coverage gaps, secure revenue and increase their business profit. Though these outcomes are highly beneficial, the processes needed to manage a successful captive insurance company can be overwhelming. Many businesses turn to third-party captive managers that understand the insurance industry's regulations and idiosyncrasies as they work to...

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Small- to medium-sized insurance companies not including cyber insurance packages in their coverage offerings may be missing a huge opportunity for growth. Statistics show that cyber crimes are on the rise and experts project that these trends will continue despite the most sophisticated cyber security measures employed by businesses around the globe. Interestingly, smaller companies across a broad variety of business sectors are posing a significant...

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Data breaches are on the rise, and companies across the globe are realizing with an ever-growing intensity that the negative impact of such occurrences can be devastating. In addition to the enormous risk to companies' assets, data breaches can result in loss of customers, sales, revenues and professional reputations. The following eight points are provided to help to inform and clarify how cyber insurance is...

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artificial-intelligence

Artificial intelligence technology has become more pervasive than ever. Complex algorithms within this technology enable companies across multiple business sectors to gather information and profile current and potential customers. This has enabled companies to easily provide solutions that fit customers' needs.   However, new legislation enacted by the European Union (EU) may make it difficult for insurance software providers to fully integrate AI into their platforms. The...

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The realm of blockchain technology is affording new opportunities for growth and optimization globally in the processing of financial transactions, and now a new prototype has been developed and is being successfully used in the captive insurance market.   The prototype, developed and implemented by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in cooperation with Ernst & Young, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions, and Ginetta, has successfully passed...

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