Joel Smith, Associate Partner at the global management company, Synpulse, has said that the success of insurance fund managers (ILS) will be driven by “delivering predictable returns, promoting transparency for investors, and managing a strong platform for execution. strategy. their financial management.”
Writing in Artemis’s Q2 2022 report on the disaster and the ILS market, he pointed out that although each of the three pillars has a very important role to play, a solid platform is often lacking.
Today, most ILS fund managers are located at, or near, exchange locations. After enduring years of recent losses, they have managed to stabilize their business and are set to grow. However, Smith points out that the opportunity for this growth depends on the ability to effectively and efficiently manage operations.
“Success means more money which means more things to fix,” Smith explained in the Artemis report.
“The ILS fund manager can manage these increasing challenges with five key elements for success: digital channels, ways to acquire and manage risks and investments, a strong ecosystem, good data management, and advanced technology. “
In addition, Smith explains that a system-based system is at the heart of the right platform for the future. He also points out that technology solutions are available today that can accommodate variations and nuances in managing ILS operations.
“At the same time they can also improve repetitive, volume-based processes, including post-trade processing and reimbursement, account statements and claims filing, as well as functional accounting, thereby helping to grow and better position the source of high-value managers. talents, to deal with any difficult and exceptional cases,” he explains.
In addition, digital archiving reduces operational risk and streamlines operations, making it less painful to roll back when someone leaves the organization.
At the same time, the future-oriented ILS fund manager makes his own risk assumptions and prices them accordingly. However, when they are tied, they convert the risk into an expected return.
In the Artemis report, Smith said that in the long run, it uses a method of managing risks and capital throughout the life cycle, which ultimately achieves a timely view of the flow of money, as well as creating information for investors and managing everything. legal requirements.
Smith continues, explaining how much of today’s ILS is a collaboration with fronters, modelers and third-party managers.
“The importance of friendship will increase in the future,” he said. “When a manager is trying to focus on what he has – creating, delivering, and managing financial solutions – he will look to his colleagues to support his work.
“This is made possible by abandoning documents shared via e-mail, and going to real API-driven communication and data exchange. The future-proof manager integrates employees directly, and provides consistent information as an extension of the organization.”
Finally, Smith explains that talent acquisition and retention is important and often rightly emphasized as the key to an organization’s future proofing.
“Additionally, the right managers of the future look to their employees to provide key insights and ideas on topics such as emerging technologies and other innovative strategies that can be reintroduced into the organization.”
Comments from Smith of Synpulse can be viewed in full here, along with findings from the Artemis Q2 2022 disaster report & ILS market.