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December 16, 2019 by Joseph E. Krull

In 2020, we will see substantial increases in wireless data speeds as well as new applications and business models that will leverage fifth-generation (5G) wireless and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). Both technologies will give enterprise users, consumers, and, yes, attackers the ability to rapidly transfer an enormous amount of data using new devices that will become available in 2020. The potential impact of these wireless technologies should be included in enterprise risk assessments and factored into policies such as bring your own device (BYOD). Coupled with a marked increase in mobile malware attacks in 2019, introduction of new wireless devices supporting 5G and Wi-Fi 6 will necessitate a deeper look at mobile device policies and defenses in 2020.

December 16, 2019 by Inci Kaya

Individual coverage health reimbursement arrangements (ICHRAs) and their sisters, excepted benefit HRAs (EBHRAs) and qualified small employer HRAs (QSHRAs), are ringing in the new year as the new shiny thing in health benefits. The excise tax for high-cost employer-sponsored health plans looms over health plans, and presidential candidates are betting on entirely different health insurance delivery models that give health plans the shivers, as seen from a range of efforts to discourage or bury the possibility altogether. The question for 2020 then, is which health plans can adapt to change—challenging or not—and survive.

December 12, 2019 by Alois Pirker

The RIA market is one of the fastest-growing industry segments in the wealth management market in the United States (see Aite Group’s New Realties report). The RIA market growth has outpaced any other full-service business model for over a decade now. The fee-based nature of the RIA space paired with a fiduciary standard of care has made this market segment very attractive for breakaway brokers (i.e.,  financial advisors leaving large institutions), digital startups, custodians, and asset managers alike.

December 11, 2019 by Mitch Wein

As most expense dollars for insurance carriers are claims-related, claims operation efficiency remains a top priority for carriers. Customer and employee expectations are changing due to new technology and experiences with other industries, and the need for advanced capabilities in claims is increasing.