Taking a leap into blockchain insurance, Fineqia International Inc has announced that it is taking an equity allocation in a digital insurance startup on the blockchain, Black Insurance.
The strategic investment allows Fineqia to strengthen its existing pipeline of asset-backed debt securities that will be offered to investors on its platform.
Fineqia's CEO, Bundeep Singh Rangar said the company is excited to back Black Insurance, which allows for a wide variety of investors to participate in a high quality insurance finance product.
Rangar added that Black represents everything Fineqia wants from issuers on its platform: innovation, disruption and ambition. He commented that the company believes insurance is one sector ripe for blockchain disruption and Black Insurance has the right team experience to make this happen.
Black Insurance to become a licensed insurer
Black intends to become a licensed insurer and enable the underwriting of new insurance policies via insurance syndicates akin to the Lloyd's market. Insurance brokers and agents will be able to create bespoke insurance deals faster and cheaper using the Black platform.
Black will price the risk of specific syndicates and sell fractional ownership in such pools in the form of tokens representing the unit value of each syndicate's expected financial return. This process makes participation in insurance syndicates more efficient and transparent via time-stamped and traceable transaction records recorded on the blockchain.
Black is gearing toward an ICO later this year, to sell utility tokens that will be used for transacting on its platform, once it is publicly available.
Research by Accenture indicates that a third of all insurers are planning to use blockchain in the next two years and another third have it on their agendas for consideration.
There is a lot of appetite in the insurance industry to innovate and cross the threshold to a radically new era, adds Risto Rossar, Black's founder. He said the company already has dozens of requests from brokers across the world to join the platform. They have grown impatient of the innovation-averse, slow mindset dominating the industry, and see Black as a way to make their aspirations a reality.
Black's utilization of blockchain in insurance means a decrease in operational costs, increased security and transparency, mitigation against any single point of failure and enhancement of the reputations for all parties involved. By establishing a marketplace where investors and insurance underwriters can directly trade with one another, Black seeks to minimize transaction costs.
Fineqia's investment in Black Insurance is in line with its strategy to invest in blockchain related companies that support its business model. Fineqia's investment sum represents less than 1% of its market capitalisation. Terms of the investment remain confidential.