Press Release
October 8, 2020

InsTech London: Parametric insurance – 2021 outlook and the companies to watch

Insurtech emerged in around 2015 as new entrants looked to challenge traditional insurance by providing a better client experience, access to new capital and ways of insuring the uninsurable. The expectation was that this could be powered by massive amounts of new data, sophisticated analytics and powerful computing technology. Insurtech, as it was originally conceived, has not yet delivered any major changes to how conventional insurance is offered, but parametric insurance does have potential in all these areas. The lure of parametric insurance is the ability to increase the certainty between a loss occurring and a pay-out being made, quickly, accurately and cheaply.

Parametric insurance is not new, but it has seen the most success in providing alternatives to property catastrophe reinsurance, an important but somewhat niche product. A handful of micro-insurance offerings have used parametric triggers. Weather derivatives providing hedges against extremes of heat or rainfall have been around for a couple of decades but take up has been slow.

This is changing. Parametric covers are now being considered across the full spectrum of risk types and sizes. Technology exists to define and deliver insurance coverage based on real-time reporting of accurate data. Parametric insurance is starting to offer attractive solutions where conventional insurance has failed.

About Parametrix

Parametrix, the leading provider of cloud monitoring, modeling, and insurance services, is a Managing General Agent and Lloyd’s Coverholder based out of New York that underwrites parametric insurance against digital supply chain interruption. Parametrix uses proprietary technology to continuously monitor the performance of a variety of third-party IT services across the globe, and to collect granular data on service interruptions. It uses that data to assess risk, provide instant insurance quotations, and to streamline claims payments, which are delivered within days. Parametrix policies are backed by major A-rated global insurers.

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