Smart-home technologies are rapidly becoming mainstream, and insurers have an opportunity to participate in this market. When engaging with potential partners, even the largest insurers should have a realistic appreciation of their level of influence over consumers, and therefore what they can bring to the table for smart-home device-makers, installers, and distributors. In conversations with firms that have tried to partner with insurers, we found that too often large insurers show up at the table with an inflated sense of the value they can bring. This can backfire on insurers. Frustrated with the exaggerated demand from insurers, a major North American smart-home player has recently curtailed the amount of data it is willing to share with insurers.
I live in Atlanta, and aside from being famous for bad traffic and payment processing, it’s a major center for barbecue, which is arguably more important than payments without anything else being said. There’s a barbecue place near my house, Grand Champion Barbecue, and they’re one of the best. It’s a family-run business in a strip center, and they have a sign on their door with their hours. Here’s what’s on the sign:
“Open 11:00 – 8:00, or until we run out of meat”
With 477 million records breached in 2015 alone, exposure to identity theft and payment card fraud is very much on the mind of many consumers. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from friends, family, and colleagues over the past few weeks, and I’ve also had to deal with the fallout from criminals getting their hands on my own identity, so it seems like a good time for a blog.
First, it’s important to understand that there is a big difference between a payment card compromise and a compromised identity. Payment card compromises are a nuisance to be sure, but the impact is relatively minor compared to a true identity theft. To protect yourself against unauthorized payment card use, here are some tips:
Insurance carriers have been collecting data and information since the Stone Age, it seems. The amount of data they have on their current and past policyholders as well as consumers that have inquired yet never purchased is far more extensive than that of any other industry. But what are they doing with the data?
According to the Small Business Administration, the value of small-business loans outstanding in the United States is about US$600 billion. This large number, coupled with small businesses’ growing need for credit to start and run their businesses, makes this space an attractive one not only for financial institutions but also for the growing number of alternative lenders popping up and posing a threat to traditional ways of evaluating and originating credit.