Mobile apps could disrupt the auto insurance market

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Google and Apple may become market disrupters by supporting mobile applications Both Google and Apple may soon become disrupters in the auto insurance market. A growing number of insurers are beginning to use telematics to offer new, usage-based policies that are popular among consumers. These companies are using relatively expensive devices to monitor the driving habits of policyholders and this information is being used to determine the cost of an actual insurance policy. Mobile application may soon become a powerful tool in helping insurers cut the upfront costs associated with…

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Usage based insurance boosts popularity by assuaging privacy concerns

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Both consumers and commercial fleets are increasingly embracing UBI programs and their tracking devices. Consumers and managers of commercial fleets, alike, are experiencing a shift in their opinions with regards to usage based insurance, as the benefits of being able to save money and encourage safer driving practices appear to be winning out over concerns with regards to privacy. These auto insurance programs have been slow to be accepted due to the telematics devices that track vehicles. Drivers are starting to discover that there are some considerable financial benefits that…

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Health insurance may get much more expensive for common care

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Consumers expected to see major shift in health insurance costs in 18 months U.S. consumers may be in for a shock if they need to visit the hospital for any reason soon. Over the next 18 months, employer-sponsored health insurance is expected to become vastly more expensive as companies push workers to contribute more to their policies. Other companies are expected to drop coverage in an attempt to cut costs, driving workers to seek out policies from private insurance companies, which are also looking to limit their exposure to financial…

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Employer sponsored health insurance here to stay

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Study takes aim at employer-sponsored health insurance The Affordable Care Act has created a degree of uncertainty surrounding the issue of employer sponsored health insurance. The law is slated to make significant changes to the U.S. health care system, but the majority of these changes will not go into effect until 2014. The law was passed in 2010, providing ample time for worry and concern to take root in consumers and businesses alike. A recent study from Towers Watson, a leading professional services firm, takes aim at the issue of…

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Insurance industry revolutionized through the use of predictive models

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Models enable insurers to predict future events and their impact The global insurance industry has long been keen to make note of the changes in the world that could affect its exposure to risk and financial loss. Over the many decades of its existence, the insurance industry has become quite proficient at predicting the future and adapting according to the dangers it foresees. This is largely due to the advent of predictive models, a tool used throughout the industry to calculate risk and price coverage accordingly. These models were the…

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North American companies avoiding cyber insurance according to Towers Watson

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Are companies leaving themselves vulnerable to a cyber attack? Towers Watson, a leading consulting firm with expertise in risk assessment, has released its annual review of corporate risk this week. The firm surveyed several corporations throughout North America and found that most do not take cyber security seriously, especially in terms of insurance coverage. The firm has also found that the corporations purchasing cyber security insurance are doing so in limited capacity and seem unwilling to purchase comprehensive coverage. This may be a problem in a world where the Internet and…

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Towers Watson receives patents for its insurance risk modeling technique

Towers Watson, the worldwide professional services company, has announced that it has received two patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its unique financial modeling technique using Replicated Stratified Sampling (RSS) in the insurance industry. These two key patents (U.S. Patent No. 8,131,571, which was issued on March 6, 2012, and U.S. Patent No. 8,126,747, which was issued on February 28, 2012) are for the RSS smart modeling technique at Towers Watson, which is designed to make complex insurance calculation run times exceptionally faster, and to…

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