Jan 21, 2021

Chubb and Revolut: The importance of digital partnerships

revolut
Chubb
Digital partnerships
Insurance
William Girling
2 min
Chubb and Revolut: The importance of digital partnerships
Global insurance leader Chubb has announced a new partnership with Revolut, one of the UK’s leading digital-only banks...

Global insurance leader Chubb has announced a new partnership with Revolut, one of the UK’s leading digital-only banks.

The deal will see the latter’s customers receive purchase and refund protection, as well as coverage for event ticket holders who have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 (providing said ticket was purchased from their Revolut account). 

The bank reportedly selected Chubb because of its global scale, multinational capabilities, and position as accident and health cover leader. As such, the new programme will be rolled out in 22 countries.

"Our new partnership with Revolut marks a significant step for Chubb as we continue to drive relationships in the digital space. We are looking forward to working with the Revolut team to deliver valuable insurance solutions to their customers," said Goulven Thépot, Regional Head of Underwriting, Accident and Health, Continental Europe.

Felix Jamestin, Head of Premium Product at Revolut, added, “We're always looking to provide the best value possible to our customers and help them get more from their money. We're constantly improving our paid plans and are delighted to partner with Chubb to add purchase protection, refund protection and ticket cancellation for our customers.”

The importance of digital partnerships

Who a company chooses to partner with can have a significant impact on its long-term success. Insurance remains a highly vulnerable industry to digital disruption from startups, Big Tech, and ecosystems that leverage its historically conservative nature against it. 

Chubb’s collaboration with Revolut is a shrewd recognition that incumbents must join forces with modern tech infrastructure if they are to maintain their relevance. Accenture’s research indicates that 67% of insurers expect to “overhaul their business model” within the next five years. 

Customers expect 24/7 access to customisable products that can be bought in a matter of minutes. The report highlights Zurich, AXA, and Lemonade as among those already meeting this demand, but others must form and utilise their own partner ecosystems to remain competitive. 

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Jun 9, 2021

Startup spotlight: SIMON adds Nationwide to its platform

SIMON
Nationwide
Insurance
Fintech
2 min
InsurTech Digital takes a closer look at SIMON Markets, an award-winning fintech that has recently added Nationwide as its latest insurance carrier

Headquartered in New York, SIMON has a singular goal: transforming the digital experience for financial advisors and unlocking greater levels of service for their clients. It achieves this through:

  • A comprehensive platform featuring a full suite of digital tools
  • On-demand education
  • An “intuitive” marketplace
  • Real-time analytics
  • Lifecycle management

The company’s fusion of cutting-edge tech with leading expertise is resulting in a new industry standard, one that is simplified, codified, and consolidated within a single ecosystem.

Creating value for financial advisors

At the time of writing, SIMON works with over 85,000 finance professionals who collectively manage more than US$3tn in assets. 

The startup’s solutions include: 

  • Spectrum: A multi-dimensional framework that quantifies the risk profile of investments using five metrics - protection, upside, liquidity, simplicity, and history
  • An investment platform: Featuring risk management tools, over 90 educational videos, inclusive product training, a compliance tracker, and more.
  • Analysis tools

Furthermore, SIMON’s quality as an organisation is attested by both its awards (such as being listed among the NYC Annual Awards’ ‘Best Places to Work’ category) and the status of its investors. So far, these include Barclays, JPMorgan, Prudential, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, and others.

Another high-profile name has now been added to SIMON’s list of associations: Nationwide. The Fortune 100 US insurance firm has been added as a carrier to SIMON’s marketplace. Nationwide, which is almost a century old, is an ideal fit for an insurtech focused on delivering broad solutions and expertise in a rapidly evolving sector.

Protecting peoples’ financial futures

Regarding this latest partnership, Scott Beshany, Chief Distribution Officer at SIMON, said, “Nationwide has an incredible history of innovation and advocacy and we couldn’t be more thrilled to collaborate with their team and make their products available in our Marketplace. 

“Both firms are strongly aligned in the value we seek to create for financial professionals. SIMON’s dedication to delivering intuitive technology that builds simplicity and transparency around annuity offerings supports Nationwide in its mission of helping people prepare for and protect their financial future.”

Craig Hawley, Head of Annuity Distribution at Nationwide, expressed similarly positive sentiments about the collaboration:

“Nationwide has a decades-long track record of incorporating smart technology into the financial professional’s day-to-day workflow. This is another big step forward in that effort, with a proven, innovative partner at our side. 

“With SIMON’s platform, financial professionals can seamlessly integrate a range of annuities into their holistic planning process, creating greater efficiencies for their practice and a more comprehensive wealth management experience for their clients.”

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