Category: Insurance

Fraud – A Sign of The Times

Fraud – A Sign of The Times

Fraud always spikes during frothy markets. If it feels like we are beating you over the head as it relates to Quality CEOs and CEO Integrity it is because we are. High Quality, High Integrity CEOs are the best preventive measure against getting burned by fraudulent companies. 2020 has delivered massive equity market valuation froth … Continue reading Fraud – A Sign of The Times

Consolidation Will Not Save Asset Managers

Consolidation Will Not Save Asset Managers

Mass Mutual and Athene made a bid for American Equity Investment Life. Activist Trian took stakes in Invesco and Janus in an effort to build one of the largest Asset Managers. M&A is a quick way to scale AUM, but it does not change the paradigm for legacy Asset Managers. Legacy Asset Managers (and depository … Continue reading Consolidation Will Not Save Asset Managers

Amazon Wants To Watch You Inside Your Home

Amazon Wants To Watch You Inside Your Home

Millions of Americans will invite Amazon into their homes via Amazon's in-home drone video service ("Always Home Cam") powered by Amazon Ring. Ring's Always Home Cam will do more than provide customers with on-demand, in-home video surveillance. The Always Home Cam will provide Amazon with a visual map of customers' homes and insights into personal … Continue reading Amazon Wants To Watch You Inside Your Home

Technology, Healthcare and Structural Unemployment

Technology, Healthcare and Structural Unemployment

The employment statistic that has concerned us most over the past number of years is the labor force participation rate which stood at only 61.7% as of last week's Employment Situation Summary. Our view is that the labor participation rate will only shrink over time as the global economy continues to become more Technology and … Continue reading Technology, Healthcare and Structural Unemployment

Advanced Analytics in Insurance – A Conversation with Upendra Belhe

Advanced Analytics in Insurance – A Conversation with Upendra Belhe

We hosted a podcast episode with Upendra Belhe as our guest. Upendra leads TEK2day's "On-Demand CAO" advisory service. We covered a variety of topics related to Data and Advanced Analytics, perhaps most notably the recent sense of urgency that insurance carriers have around standing up Analytics operations (COVID-related claims are of course a driver along … Continue reading Advanced Analytics in Insurance – A Conversation with Upendra Belhe

Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service

Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service

We believe large insurance carriers could bolster their valuations by taking equity stakes in leading InsurTech, AutoTech, PropTech, HealthIT, FinTech and CyberSecurity companies. Sound too ambitious? Sounds rational to us. First, an announcement: We have launched a new Data & Analytics advisory service - "On-Demand CAO" - which is primarily geared to mid-market insurance carriers. … Continue reading Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service

Lyft Tapped Out In California. Uber May Be Next.

Lyft Tapped Out In California. Uber May Be Next.

Lyft decided to suspend its rideshare service in California after being ordered to account for drivers as employees. Uber may be next. It is unlikely that Uber or Lyft could ever operate profitably were they both forced to account for all drivers as employees. In equity and fixed income analysis we have the "consolidation" principle … Continue reading Lyft Tapped Out In California. Uber May Be Next.

Amazon’s AWS Unit Is Differentiating Via A “Verticalization” Strategy

Amazon’s AWS Unit Is Differentiating Via A “Verticalization” Strategy

Amazon's AWS cloud platform is by definition a "horizontal" offering. "Horizontal" in that it is industry agnostic. Beginning with the Automotive vertical, AWS is deploying a "verticalization" strategy that layers industry vertical capability on top of its core horizontal offering to differentiate from competitors. We wrote about AWS' relationship with VW last year. Today, Toyota … Continue reading Amazon’s AWS Unit Is Differentiating Via A “Verticalization” Strategy

Debt-Loading Is Killing Innovation

Debt-Loading Is Killing Innovation

Ever "carb-load"? I used to. "Carb-loading" is the process of consuming large quantities of carbohydrates which are stored as glycogen and subsequently burned while competing in an athletic event. Doing so made me feel sluggish. Do you know who else feels sluggish? Software companies that Private Equity owners have loaded with debt. It's difficult to … Continue reading Debt-Loading Is Killing Innovation

This Dove’s Not Crying

This Dove’s Not Crying

Dovish Fed Chair Jerome Powell held day 2 of his semi-annual monetary report to Congress today. To summarize, the Fed's got your back if you are a company of most any size, if you participate in the capital markets, if you are a politician looking for a free lunch, if you desire low interest rates … Continue reading This Dove’s Not Crying