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Commercial Auto: An Old Dog Up to New Tricks

For the seventh consecutive year, commercial auto is losing money. Despite rate increases in 23 of the last 25 quarters, the combined ratio topped 111 percent in 2017. The line has been a weak spot for many insurers, forcing them …

Verisk to Acquire London Market Pricing Software Firm Rulebook

U.S.-based data analytics firm Verisk has agreed to acquire Rulebook, a provider of business intelligence and software for the London Insurance Market. The purchase price is $87 million in cash, which Verisk said will be funded through cash on hand …

Marsh Joins with Insurtech Firm Concirrus to Drive Behavioral Analytics in Marine Market

Concirrus, the London-based insurtech company specializing in marine analytics, announced it has formed a multi-year agreement with insurance broker Marsh. The agreement will see the two companies working together to drive the use of behavioral data in the global marine …

Experian’s Hickman Joins Marsh as Global Head of Data Science Unit

Global insurance broker Marsh has appointed Andrew Hickman as global head of Data Science within its broader Digital, Data and Analytics Practice. In this newly-created role, Hickman is responsible for advancing Marsh’s risk modeling and actuarial capabilities. He will build …

XL Catlin Is Lead Investor in $16.5M Financing for Israeli Maritime Risk Analytics Firm

XL Catlin’s venture capital arm is the lead investor in a $16.5 million financing for Windward, a maritime risk analytics firm, based in Israel. XL Innovate led the Series C financing, though previous investor Horizons Ventures participated along with individuals …

Partnering with Insurtech to Transform Rather Than Disrupt Insurance

The insurance industry is experiencing a convergence with technology that is transforming the way it develops products, underwrites, prices and sells policies, and services its customers. This change can seem disruptive, so it’s critical that insurance companies better understand how …

Private Equity Firm Blackstone Eyes Insurance Data Analytics Business

Blackstone Group LP has bigger plans for insurance companies than just managing their money. The world’s largest private equity firm is expanding into a lucrative business dominated by BlackRock Inc.: portfolio risk analytics. Bennett Goodman, co-founder of Blackstone’s GSO credit …

Travelers Taps Gifford for New Chief Data and Analytics Officer Position

The Travelers Companies has named Bruce Gifford to the newly-created role of enterprise chief data and analytics officer to further strengthen the company’s data and analytics capabilities. Gifford previously served as senior vice president and chief actuary for the company’s …

American Family Insurance Acquires Data Analytics Firm; Also Home Tech Firm

American Family Insurance said it intends to accelerate its use of data, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) with its purchase of Chicago-based data and analytics software company Networked Insights. American Family is a Networked Insights client and has been …

Verisk to Acquire Bankruptcy Data and Risk Management Firm LCI

Verisk Analytics Inc. has agreed to acquire LCI, a provider of bankruptcy risk prediction and management tools for banks and creditors. When the transaction is complete, LCI, based in Burlingame, California, will become part of Argus, Verisk’s data and advisory …