Apr 6, 2021

Lloyd’s COVID-19 insurance payouts could reach £6.2bn

William Girling
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Lloyd's COVID-related insurance losses are high, yet the company is striking a positive tone: it is committed to digital transformation and helping its customers
Lloyd’s recently released 2020 full year results revealed that the insurance giant’s COVID-19-related payouts could exceed £6.2bn in total...

Furthermore, the insurer made an aggregated market loss of £900m for the year, with COVID contributing approximately £3.4bn in specific losses.

Other comparative statistics provided in the report included:

  • Gross written premiums down: £35.5bn (2019 = £35.9bn)
  • Net investment income down: £2.3bn + 2.9% return (2019 = £3.5bn + 4.8% return)
  • Net resources up: £33.9bn (2019 = £30.6bn)

Despite the clear negatives for Lloyd’s during an unprecedentedly challenging year, the company struck a tangibly optimistic tone that emphasised the positives - most notably improved underwriting (£1.9bn) and premium rate increases of 10.8%.

Supporting insurance customers

Rather than focus on the large sum forecasted to be paid out, John Neal, CEO, preferred to highlight Lloyd’s dedication to supporting its customers, not just through the pandemic but also several other large-scale market shifts:

“The year [was marked by] a high frequency of natural catastrophe claims and the UK's formal exit from the EU, driving further losses and uncertainty.

“Against this unprecedented backdrop we have made good progress across our performance, digitalisation, and culture transformation plans. 

“Our disciplined underwriting approach and determination to become the world's most advanced insurance marketplace have set us up for real success this year alongside the continued positive rate momentum that will see the market supporting growth for the first time in four years.”

Shaping the modern industry

Indeed, despite being over 300 years old, Lloyd’s has maintained its position as a market leader by evolving with insurance and its customers.

Earlier in the year, it released a report on the increasing threat of cyber attacks in an era of proliferating IoT devices. The wave of digital transformation still being accelerated by COVID-19 has only made the consideration of these risks even more relevant.

When Neal highlighted that COVID-19, although one of the most visible, is far from the only industry pain point today, he is signalling that the upcoming insurance challenges (not least of which is climate change) will require a revitalised approach, understanding and investment in tech, and a highly customer-centric approach.

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Jun 9, 2021

Startup spotlight: SIMON adds Nationwide to its platform

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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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