Sep 24, 2020

Regology introduces a new regulation system for 20 countries

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Insurtech
Regtech
Deloitte
William Girling
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Regology's new platform could be invaluable as the insurance sector tries to keep pace with digital regulatory frameworks
Palo Alto-based regtech Regology has announced the launch of its new regulation management system, available in 20 countries...

Palo Alto-based regtech Regology has announced the launch of its new regulation management system, available in 20 countries.

Using artificial intelligence (AI), the company’s system is able to scale millions of laws across the aforementioned 20 locations (including the US, Germany, France, Canada and others) and set billions of links between them.

Estimating that, despite technological advances, large US-based firms pay $10k per employee in regulatory costs, Regology’s digitised and integrated platform provides a faster, cheaper and more reliable method for navigating a complex environment.

Available across seven languages and covering millions of legal requirements, Mukund Goenka, Co-Founder and CEO, states that the company is on a mission to revolutionise modern regtech.

“Our world-class team and network of experts in international law, algorithms and linguistics are pushing this mission forward every day. 

“One such example is year-long research in AI-based context-awareness in laws that we conducted in conjunction with experts from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. We opened this research to the public domain by presenting it at the esteemed KDD NLLP conference in August 2020.”

Regtech: vital for insurance’s future

Although the process of digitising insurance has many benefits, one consequence has been an increasingly complex regulatory environment that makes further developments difficult.

Regarded as a wholly necessary albeit innovation-stifling component of the industry, regulations continue to dictate insurance’s future and meeting them successfully could be both transformational and profitable.  

In a previous article, we explored Deloitte’s thesis that regtech would soon prove itself to be pivotal in the growth of insurtech. 

The report ultimately concluded that insurance companies should adopt a ‘watch, but don’t wait’ mentality; they must be cautious while also investing in technology and/or partnering with regtechs that can enable leaner and more agile operations.

“Regtech can no longer be labelled as a buzzword, as it is most certainly a reality now,” said Deloitte.

“A consequence is the changing focus of the classic business model, which now needs to integrate regulatory risk management as a key enabling business practice together with product profitability and meeting customer needs.” 

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May 28, 2021

FCA bans ‘price walking’ for insurers from Jan 2022

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insurers
Insurtech
3 min
The City regulator has said insurers must not raise prices at renewal and penalise loyal customers

Insurers will no longer be allowed to raise premiums upon annual customer renewals following a new ruling by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

The new move, which comes into effect in January 2022, will directly affect people renewing their home or motor insurance because they will pay no more for their premiums than a new customer. 

The FCA said the change will save loyal customers an estimated £4.2bn over a 10-year-period. However, it also admitted the move could mean cheaper deals for new customers can no longer be sustainable for insurers attempting to attract business. 

Price walking practices ended

According to reports, the FCA has been working on changing the rules on ‘price walking’ as it is termed, because customers are charged more their annual premiums, even though their level of risk remains the same. The system has resulted in complaints from consumer groups that loyal customers pay more unnecessarily.

Speaking about the regulatory change, Sheldon Mills, from the FCA told the BBC

"These measures will put an end to the very high prices paid by many loyal customers. Consumers can still benefit from shopping around or negotiating with their current provider, but won't be charged more at renewal just for being an existing customer."

Victory for the customer

Consumer groups have hailed the change as a victory for customers who have ended up paying higher premiums unnecessarily, but admitted it presented huge implications for insurers in the short term.

Consumer Intelligence CEO, Ian Hughes said, “These changes represent a tsunami for both insurers and their customers, but we should be in no doubt that the fault line that sits underneath this is fair value, mentioned 153 times in the final statement. GIPP changes will feel like just a ripple for those who don’t offer fair value to customers."

He continued, “This is going to be a bumpy ride for insurance brands and consumers alike in the short term. Today, the FCA has revealed that cash and cash-equivalent incentives, other than toys and carbon off setting, cannot be used to entice new customers without being offered to renewing customers. This means the savviest consumers who shop around each year will see prices rise and discounts and offers disappear.

“However, there is an opportunity for the industry to take advantage of all this change that is coming and do something that will be good for brands, good for the industry and good for consumers."

Consumer Intelligence PR and communications manager, Catherine Carey agreed, and described the victory as “a shot in the arm for innovation.”

Carey said the move “presses a giant reset button on the relationship between price and value, it will change the relationship between brands and consumers.”

She explained, “We expect to see insurers changing their models and new firms entering the market for the first time as loss-making year one pricing phases out. If you look at these new rules, and specifically the introduction of fair value, it’s the most exciting time for the development of the general insurance market for decades.”

Hughes also warned against insurers resisting the regulatory change, “Those that don’t take advantage of the opportunity are going to find it really tough.”

He added, “The tipping point we find ourselves at today is a critical point in the journey of this industry and there is an opportunity to be positive.”

 

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