Insurtech dominated media headlines in 2016 and became a recurring theme in research reports. This year we can expect more of the same, as digital technology continues to reshape traditional practices and attract startups and challenger brands.
According to survey results released in January by Willis Towers Watson and Mergermarket*, insurers believe the immediate priority is to digitise their businesses as quickly as possible. Almost three-quarters (74 per cent) say they lag well behind fintech leaders and must catch up.
Fergal O'Shea, EMEA life insurance M&A leader at Willis Towers Watson, said: "Insurers recognise the importance of building a sustainable digital infrastructure to improve customer engagement and as an essential distribution channel, which is likely to be addressed through internally driven innovation, joint ventures and M&A activity. For those that hesitate, there remains the commercial risk that they will get left behind and fail to capture future generations and younger policyholders who are more likely to engage via digital distribution.”