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How Pharmaceutical Firms Are Using Blockchain to Track Down Counterfeit Drugs

Some of the industry’s largest pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer Inc. and Eli Lilly and Co., have developed a blockchain-based system to track prescription drugs across the supply chain to better halt the flow of counterfeit medicines, company officials said on …

B3i’s Blockchain Platform Places 30 Reinsurance Contracts, Including Cat XoL Treaties

B3i Services AG, a two-year-old company owned by members of the insurance industry, announced that 30 contracts of reinsurance have been concluded on its platform, including some of the most complex catastrophe excess of loss (XoL) reinsurance treaties. Nine insurers, …

HSBC to Shift $20 Billion Worth of Assets to Blockchain-Based Platform

HSBC aims to shift $20 billion worth of assets to a new blockchain-based custody platform by March, in one of the biggest deployments yet of the widely hyped but still unproven technology by a global bank. The platform, known as …

Cryptocurrency Fraud Losses Surge to $4.4 Billion: CipherTrace Report

Cryptocurrency theft has surged in 2019 compared with last year, with more money flowing through digital exchanges and criminals looking to carry out bigger heists, according to a report from blockchain forensics company CipherTrace obtained by Reuters. Losses from digital …

FEMA Envisions High-Tech Flood Insurance Program Using Parametrics, Blockchain

Blockchain technology and parametric insurance should be included in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s toolbox as it strives to close the nation’s flood insurance coverage gap, according to a draft report by an advisory committee that makes recommendations to the …

China’s Ping An Insurance to Spend $22B on Tech, From AI to Blockchain

Ping An Insurance wants to be valued more like a technology company. Its executives have yet to convince investors their planned $22 billion spend on everything from artificial intelligence to blockchain will work. While Ping An (Group) Co.’s Hong Kong-traded …

B3i’s Blockchain Re/Insurance Network Begins to Offer Real-Life Industry Solutions

The author Douglas Adams once said, “We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.” Many of us can relate, especially with new technology such as distributed ledger technology (DLT), also known as blockchain, …

Blockchain Initiative, B3i, Deploys Cat Excess of Loss Product for January Renewals

B3i announced it has released the latest version of its property catastrophe excess of loss (XoL) reinsurance application in time for the January 2020 renewals. The product enables customers and their counterparties to negotiate terms, agree on rates and complete …

Facebook Loses Backers for Its Libra Digital Currency But Could Still Proceed

Facebook faces a rough road ahead with Libra, but defections by high-profile partners are still unlikely to spell the end for the digital currency. On Friday, Visa and MasterCard announced their departures from the Libra project, as did e-commerce giant …

Rethinking the Limits of Parametric Insurance

It’s time to rethink the limits of parametric insurance. The concept behind parametric insurance is not new. Insurance payouts automatically triggered by an event exceeding an index level have existed for decades. It’s traditionally been applied to events like natural …