Many life insurers are focused on enhancing the value of existing
business by delivering sustainable value for consumers in order to grow
long-term profitability, Swiss Re Institute's latest sigma report shows.
Online and direct channels are the fastest growing business models in both life and non-life insurance industry in Europe. The market share of the online/direct channel business was, in 2015, 8.2% of the total business, while the total gross written premiums of this channel throughout all Europe reached 99.3 billion EUR.
Over 12 months, average prices for Poland's mandatory motor third-party liability (MTPL) insurance have shot up by about 47%. S&P Global Ratings attributes part of this spike in policy prices to the rising cost of bodily injury compensation claims in Poland over recent yearsPolish motor insurers have also seen fierce competition and inflation in spare parts claims, reads a study recently published by S&P Global. Courtesy to S&P's, XPRIMM readers are exclusively offered access to the study's findings.
For the first time in recent history, Asia has surpassed Europe in terms of Gross Written Premiums, according to SWISS Re. Could this be the beginning of a new era or just a glitch?
The global commercial insurance market was worth about USD 720 billion
in premiums in 2016. The 10 largest markets mirror the world's biggest
economies, and account for 73% of global commercial premiums. They
include the leading industrialised countries of the G7 group, China,
Australia and South Korea. The latest sigma study "Commercial insurance: innovation to expand the scope of insurability" is about the innovative risk transfer solutions available to cover the ever-evolving range of exposures that companies face.
For some families living in the former industrial regions of Eastern European countries, the social welfare payments offered by the Government are the most expected moment, each and every month. They are most helpful as a survival tool but, at the same time, combined with insufficient or even sometimes inexistent state-driven programs for tackling these issues, are considered by experts as a factor against actual change in both mentalities and lives.
The future of the mandatory Second Pillar pensions is among the most disputed subjects, in the last period. After the rumors saying they'll be nationalized, the last discussions show that the participants' contribution will be reduced possibly to 1% from the current 5.1%, which will have a significant impact over the future pensions.
Customers got the "king" status in terms of quality services since many years, but the specs of the product were determined by the supplier. This is changing radically, says FRISS, citing the "on demand" insurance example.
Pricing discipline by Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re and SCOR is proving an important competitive advantage in the face of declining market pricing and investment yields, Fitch Ratings says in a report published on 16 August.
Following a record-setting first quarter, catastrophe bond issuance activity surged even further. Sponsors completed 21 transactions and raised an eye-popping USD 6.5 billion. That brought first-half totals to 29 transactions and nearly USD 8.8 billion in new limit, reads the recent PCS® H1 2017 Catastrophe Bond Report.