15.S08 | Spring 2020 | Graduate

FinTech: Shaping the Financial World

Class 10: Insurance

Lecture Slides

Class 10 Lecture Slides: Insurance (PDF)


Required Readings

Quarterly InsurTech Briefing Q4 2019’, CB Insights (January 2020) (excerpts only—Introduction & The Data Center Charts)

Three insurtech trends to watch in 2020’, Harry Menear, FinTech (March 11, 2020)

Fintech developments in the insurance industry—Executive Summary’ Bank of International Settlement (February 28, 2019)

Why Asia is fertile new ground for the insurtech startup movement’,

Optional Readings

‘The Future of Insurance: Fintech 50 2020’, Ashlea Ebeling, Forbes (February 12, 2020)

‘Top 15 insurtech companies in the US’, Geraldine Grones, Insurance Business News (January 17, 2020)

How Insurtechs are Transforming Insurance Underwriting—7 Examples’, Accenture Insurance (August 30, 2018)

Study Questions / Issues to Prepare

  1. What opportunities does the current insurance sector landscape and possible “pain points” present for ongoing technological disruption?
  2. How have machine learning, alternative data, and so-called “Internet of Things” devices begun to transform the underwriting, selling, administration, & claims processing of insurance?
  3. What are InsurTech trends and applications affecting each part of the insurance sector’s value chain? What are the capital, regulatory, and data challenges confronting startups in this space? To date, why have Big Tech firms been less engaged in insurance than other finance sectors?

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