Productivity Obsession in Underwriting Management: Report of an Unpublished 2016 Survey

Hank has written an extended commentary (including results of a new unpublished survey) on the implications of productivity obsession in underwriting.

Fukoku Mutual Life Replaces Office Workers with Artificial Intelligence

Insurance firm Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance is making 34 employees redundant and replacing them with IBM’s Watson Explorer AI

Capturing the Millennial Middle Market with Smart Analytics

By integrating data and advanced analytics into their processes, life insurers can capture one or more lucrative niches, including millennials in the middle market, before the competition does.

Coming in 2017: More Pot-Smoking Life Insurance Policyholders

Marijuana smoking has been on the rise in recent years. In the wake of the November 2016 elections, the number of users — already 25 million-strong — is likely to increase, and perhaps substantially.

Priorities for Innovation, Automation and Transformation

In 2016 our industry went from one that was slow to adopt emerging technologies to one that is well on its way toward digital transformation. With increasing disruption in the form of innovation and new market entrants, we’ve moved more quickly toward progress than any time in history.

NU Panelists Explore Innovations in Underwriting

What will the insurance underwriter's job look like in three or five years?

Underwriting Epilepsy in Life and Disability Insurance

Most underwriters will come across clients with epilepsy. It has been well documented that people with epilepsy have a higher mortality than the normal population. This is due to a number of factors but, as has been emphasized, a certain proportion of the excess mortality is related to the comorbid conditions that often accompany the disease.

Preparing for the Digitally Immersed Customer (LOMA Resource)

Rapid advancements in technologies such as IoT, wearables and AI is changing consumer behavior and expectations. How can you prepare for the customer of the future?

The Explosion in Accelerated Underwriting

A novel hybrid approach to simplified life underwriting has exploded onto the industry landscape. Each passing month finds several more carriers rolling out what has come to be dubbed “accelerated underwriting” (AU).

The Revolution in Impaired Risk Underwriting

Impaired risk underwriting isn’t what it used to be. Advances in medical technology, big data, and information sharing are transforming it from a 1970 Plymouth into tomorrow’s Tesla.

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