Agents & Brokers News

Willis Updates ‘Unify’ Platform in Response to New Solvency II Challenges

Willis Towers Watson has released an updated version of “Unify,” the systems integration and workflow platform. Unify 2.0 introduces new features in response to the tightening of reporting timescales under Solvency II, which continue to pressure insurers to process vast …

Ed Names Howden’s Plummer as Chairman of Property & Casualty

Ed, the London-based reinsurance, wholesale and specialty broker, announced the appointment of John Plummer as chairman of Property & Casualty. Plummer takes up his role with immediate effect. Plummer brings over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry to …

ILS Market Continues Growth Trend in Q1 2017: Willis Towers Watson

Non-life insurance-linked securities (ILS) capital grew again in Q1 2017, continuing the trend from 2016, according to the latest ILS Market Update from Willis Towers Watson Securities, the investment banking business of Willis Towers Watson. Following a strong Q4 2016, …

Demand Rises for Political Risk Cover as Buyers Think the Unthinkable

Rocked by a shakeup in the Western political order, companies are buying more insurance to protect themselves against the threat of rising protectionism and upheaval to their operations in emerging markets. Insurers say demand is being driven by uncertainty over the consequences …

Aon, JLT, Marsh, UIB, Willis Investigated by UK Regulator over Aviation Broking

Britain’s financial watchdog is investigating five insurance brokers over information-sharing on aviation insurance, the companies said, in one of the first cases of its kind by the watchdog. Aon, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT), Marsh , UIB and Willis Towers Watson issued statements …

Worldwide Broker Network Adds Members in Germany, Croatia

Worldwide Broker Network (WBN)* announced the addition of two members in Germany and Croatia, bringing the network of independent insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firms to 109 in 101 countries. Based on combined annual member revenues, WBN said it …

Political Risk a Growing Concern, Say Brokers, Insurers

Evan Freely has been insuring global risks for years — through the 2008 market meltdown, the 2002 crisis in Argentina, and the 1993 downturn in Venezuela. Yet turmoil now seems to be coming at a more rapid pace than he’s seen …

Beazley Joins EbixExchange Accounting Platform

Ebix Europe, the electronic messaging communications specialists for the global re/insurance market, announced that insurer Beazley is the latest carrier to join its EbixExchange accounting platform. Using ACORD standards, the platform adds transparency and accelerates the accounting and settlement process, …

UK Car Premiums Rise by 16% to $949 with More Pain Ahead: Willis Towers Watson, Confused.com

U.K. car insurance premiums rose 1.8 percent in the first quarter of 2017, with motorists now paying an average of £781 ($949), which is £110 ($134), or 16 percent, higher than average premiums paid in the same period last year, …

Willis Towers Watson Launches Cyber Aviation Cover with AIG Collaboration

Willis Towers Watson has introduced CyFly, an insurance solution specifically tailored to cover cyber exposure affecting the airline industry. The recent Willis Towers Watson Industry Risk Index identified failure of critical IT systems as the most significant risk facing the …