Two primary trends are emerging that are impacting the state of underwriting in the P&C market. The first is the drive to reduce complexity. New technology is simplifying systems and reducing the amount of manual document-handling between carriers and agents. The second trend is an increased use of data-driven decision-making for more predictable underwriting results.This is the conclusion of research conducted by TowerGroup, a Needham, Mass.-based research and advisory firm to the financial services industry.

The study, which was released at the ACORD/LOMA conference in May, also revealed the following:

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