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The Four Waves of Insurtech

In a thorough analysis of the current Insurtech scenery, Roger PEVERELLI and Reggy de FENIKS, DIA founders, analyze the evolution of the companies activating in the field. The article, included below, presents a 'history' of the Insurtech start-ups, underlining the way things changed in a short period of time.

Pool Re: Only one in five UK businesses have a terrorism insurance policy

According to Pool Re, between February 1st, 2018 and May 31st, 2019 there were 323 terrorist acts causing 1,744 deaths and 2,335 injuries. The most affected regions were South Asia (118 attacks), Sub-Saharan Africa (100) and Middle East & North Africa (70). Europe (6 attacks) and Russia & CIS states (0 attacks) were the safest regions in this period.

Dan GLASER, Marsh & McLennan: "The Age of Risk has just begun"

"There is no better time to be in the risk business than right now," said Dan GLASER, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marsh & McLennan, in his opening address to delegates at the MMC Rising Professionals' Forum 2019 in London.

Insurance Europe: GDPR may hinder insurers' efforts in the digital innovation area

"Despite significant efforts to modernize privacy rules, the GDPR and the guidelines adopted by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) are not entirely innovation-friendly or fit for a digital age. Certain rules seem at odds with fast evolving technology and may slow the pace of insurers' digital innovation," is one the conclusions of the insight briefing published by Insurance Europe.

UK: From 9% to 95% insurable households against floods

It is estimated that about 5.3 million households in the UK are at the risk of flooding. The resulted costs from this highly damaging natural hazard have made UK insurers unable to take the risk of vulnerable households without significant losses or without charging a very expensive insurance premium. There is a solution to this problem and it comes from Flood Re.

The Riskiest Routes around the World

To mark Global Road Safety Week, data from WHO has revealed that each day, 3,700 people die in road crashes, meaning that 1,350,000 fatalities occur every year on the world's roads. Moreover, according to data revealed by WHO, India, China and Brazil are the top 3 most dangerous places to travel by road.

SWISS Re: Earthquakes in Italy are insurable

10 years after the earthquake that has destroyed the medieval heart of the Italian city of L'Aquila, Swiss Re promotes, together with the Italian Association of Insurers - ANIA, the idea of increasing the Italian cities' resilience by adopting country wide insurance solutions to mitigate earthquake risk and protect communities, by providing the financial means to recovery.

Number of road fatalities in EU is decreasing

In 2018, more than 25,000 people lost their lives on EU roads, European Commission data shows. Last year the number of fatalities at EU level decreased by 21% compared to 2010. On April 2019, EU has initiated new programs to be introduced, to further reduce the number of accidents and improve road safety.

March 2019 analysis on Brexit impact

A New Financial analysis found that 275 firms are moving or have already moved their businesses, staff and assets from Britain to the EU because of Brexit. The report shows Dublin, Luxembourg and Paris were the common choice, while Frankfurt was preferred by banks or investment banks.

BI non-physical losses: the UK solution

With the Royal Assent being given to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2018 - allowing Pool Re to cover non-physical losses incurred following a terrorist attack -, the British market has set a precedent at global level, by finding solving a challenging issue born by the changed character of the terrorist attacks of the recent years.

WEF's global Top 5 most concerning trends 2019: changing climate, cyber dependency and increasing social disparities and national sentiment

Rising geopolitical and geo-economic tensions are the most urgent risk in 2019, while environmental degradation is the long-term risk that defines our age, with four of the top five most impactful global risks in 2019 related to climate. Rapidly evolving cyber and technological threats are the most significant potential blind spots; we still do not fully appreciate the vulnerability of networked societies. These are some of the main conclusions of the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2019.