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LexisNexis Risk Classifier – An Effective Indicator of Mortality Risk (Munich RE)

Munich Re, US (Life) (Munich Re) assessed LexisNexis® Risk Classifier, which is a predictive modeling tool that was developed by and is proprietary to LexisNexis. LexisNexis allowed Munich Re access to the Risk Classifier in order to perform an objective review of its ability to accurately assess mortality risk using publicly available and easily obtainable non-biometric criteria.

Transforming Life Insurance with Design Thinking

Better addressing the evolving needs of consumers can help incumbents win their loyalty—and protect against new competitors.

MIB Life Index Reports U.S. Life Insurance Activity up 1.0% in April

The growth trend in U.S. application activity for individually underwritten life insurance showed signs of restraint in April, up 1.0% year-over-year, all ages combined.

The Specter of Antiselection

The phenomenon we call antiselection constitutes a clear and present danger to the life insurance industry. A simple definition of this scourge is “not disclosing information known by the insurance applicant in order to get life insurance per se or acquire coverage at a lower premium rate than if that information had been revealed on the application.”

From Insurance to Surveillance: Experts Debate Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Big Data is scary. That's the one thing that four people from very different professions agreed on during a panel at a Kenyon College political-science conference about technology's impact on privacy in the 21st century.

Self-Diagnosis: Does the Consumer Have the Advantage over the Insurer?

The purchase of any type of insurance is based on the premise that the applicant/proposed insured will disclose any and all pertinent information related to insurability and that the insurer will act upon that information in good faith. If information is withheld, the balance of the transaction is altered.

Eight Startups Aiming to Transform the Life Insurance Business

This is part two of research by guest author Amy Radin on the Life Insurance business. In Part 1 last week, Amy outlined the fundamental business issues behind the decline in Life Insurance and the white space opportunities this opens up for entrepreneurs. In today’s research note, Amy looks at 8 startups aiming at the white spaces.

Impaired Risk Review: Insurance for an Organ Donor

The miracles of transplant surgery have given so many whose body organs have failed a new lease on life. Heart, liver and kidney transplants are no longer experimental procedures done with fingers crossed and only temporary results expected. Receiving these organs is a lifesaver for those recipients involved. But what is the insurance fate of organ donors?

Infographic: How Life Insurers are Using or Plan to use Big Data and Predictive Analytics

Life insurers in North America are preparing for a dramatic shift in their use of big data and predictive analytics, according to a Willis Towers Watson survey. While many are just getting started, life insurers expect their use of big data and predictive analytics for decision making to soar dramatically within the next two years.

Genetic Testing

In the next decade, genetic tests may become significant and cheap enough that advisers begin suggesting insurance customers test prior to applying for insurance cover. Will consumer behavior change as genetic testing becomes more accessible?

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