What Next? SoFi Wants to Sell Life Insurance
After student loans, mortgages and parent loans, Sofi is making a new leap into life insurance.
The company is set to launch a life-insurance product in partnership with Protective Life Insurance Co, that was acquired by Japanese life insurance company Dai-ichi, last year. The Wall Street Journal reported that SoFi obtained licenses to operate as an insurance broker in states including Arkansas, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York and South Dakota.
According to KPMG and CB Insights report ‘Pulse of Fintech 2016,’ the first two quarters of 2016 saw $1 billion in VC investment, making insurance “ripe for disruption.”
“Insurers across the world are struggling with a myriad of challenges: low levels of consumer trust, high competition, a low interest rate environment, shrinking profitability and legacy IT issues. Addressing these challenges and creating opportunity for growth can be difficult as any solutions, especially those involving technology, can be complicated, expensive and potentially high risk,” the report said.
Founded in 2011 by Mike Cagney and his fellow classmates at Stanford School of Business, SoFi started refinancing student loans with a pilot loan program of $2 million. Since then, the company has branched out into mortgages, personal loans, parent loans and wealth management services.Last modified: December 18, 2016