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Umbrella Coin (UMC) believes the insurance industry is full of inefficiencies, hidden costs and as a result is ripe for disruption. To break the monopoly and lack of choice for customers, Umbrella Coin is building a blockchain-based solution to provide policies to cover the out-of-pocket costs which insurance entails. The decentralized platform will avoid the management costs and fees associated with traditional insurance companies.

UMC’s goal is to decentralize benefit payouts and give power to policyholders. The company plans a crowdsale August 20 to October 20 for tokens to allow coin holders to submit and make claims.

Insurance today

Total net premiums for property/casualty (P/C) and life/health (L/H) insurers was about $1.2 trillion in the U.S. in 2015. In comparing net premiums with net profits, UMC believes there is a $100 billion opportunity to remove middle men and end overpaying for coverage. In addition, policyholders’ deductibles and other hidden costs deliver even greater overhead in attempting to make claims.

Insurance is sold based on perceived risk of the policyholder. Actuaries assess the risk factors and determine the acceptable rate. Policyholders are viewed as a greater liability and are forced to pay more based on perceived risk or prior claims. In the event they don’t make a claim, their premium provides considerable profit to the insurance agency with no monetary gain for the policy holder.


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Insurers pool funds from policyholder premiums and invest them in commodities like bonds, stocks, precious metals and possibly cryptocurrency. They therefore collect the growth and interest on policyholder money as opposed to the policyholder themselves. This, coupled with high premiums, means policyholders stand to lose on both their premium cost and what they would collect in interest.

The pooling model causes the insurance industry to crowdfund funds needed to pay claims while serving as overhead for the funds.

When government mandates are coupled with the insurance business model, policyholders lose an even larger share of their income at the expense of the insurance companies.

UMC

UMC believes it can offer complementary solutions to traditional insurance policies by covering the out-of-pocket or denial costs for all kinds of insurance (automobile, healthcare etc.) such as deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance globally. What truly sets UMC apart in a market crowded with policy sellers is it’s promise to refund the entire contribution amount if it’s not used by the policyholder until maturity time of 1 year.

The policies will be sold in UMC tokens, which can be exchanged using ETH during the crowdsale or over the exchanges afterwards. In order to keep solvent and ensure customer’s claims are treated with utmost priority, UMC aims to maintain a float amount. They will invest it like traditional insurance. The beneficiaries of policy will be able to obtain as much as 5 times their original contribution amount in UMC.

There will be a “cooling period” of 90 days before submitting claims to prevent abuse, and termination of policy prior to maturity time will have a penalty but afterwards entire amount will be refunded.

Policy Creation

A policy created by a coin holder will be tied to their wallet address. A claim has to be made against a certain policy. A policyholder cannot make a claim against a policy not associated with their address.

Claims will have to be judged by the community to be approved or denied. Users will be required to submit at least two pieces of information when making a claim, and the community will be given a board to discuss it.

The main product to be developed during the crowdfund will be the infrastructure and client for exchanges, penalties, fees, voting and claims. Following this, UMC will explore marketing the product to existing agencies that accept claims directly and will expand into different areas. Their current development can be followed on their Github page.

Crowdfund Planned

The crowdfund runs from August 20 to October 20. The total sales goal is 100,000 ETH while the minimum is 5,000 ETH. There will be 100 million tokens issued. The first 5,000 ETH gets a 100% bonus to tokens, making the rate 1ETH to 1,200 UMC.

The minimum transaction is 60 UMC to 0.1 ETH. The maximum transaction is 1.8 million UMC to 3,000 ETH.

All collected funds will be received and stored on wallets with multi-signatures.

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Posted by Lester Coleman

Lester Coleman is a media relations consultant for the payments and automated retailing industries. He is available for writing and media relations assignments.