The price war in Greece's car insurance premiums is behind the dramatic
drop in the sector's turnover, which declined by 15.2 percent last year
compared to 2011 and another 6.5 percent on a yearly basis in the first
nine months of this year, according to a report on the sector issued by
the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies.
The Greek economy will shrink again, according to IMF estimates. In 2012 the GDP fell for the fifth consecutive year, while in 2013 it is expected to decrease by 5.3% to EUR 183.5 billion. At the same time, the private consumption will remain at a low level due to a record-high of unemployment: the unemployment rate at the end of 2013 will be 27% as compared with 7.7% in 2008 (IMF statistics). Under these circumstances, the financial industries continued to suffer.
Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc.'s Guy Carpenter & Co. L.L.C. unit has
made a "major strategic investment" in a new venture designed
specifically to help develop business in Greece, Cyprus and adjacent
countries, Guy Carpenter said Wednesday.
"Greece Insurance Report Q3 2013" reports that the news flow and data
from Greece's insurance sector highlights three key themes. First, the
economic crisis has finally had a (brutal) impact on the non-life
segment. Second, premiums in the life segment have held up remarkably
well. Third, the consolidation of Greece's banking sector is something
of a wildcard, and may bring around a consolidation among insurance
companies as well.
The Greek insurers reported gross written premiums of EUR 1.02 billion in the first quarter of 2013 as compared with EUR 1.18 billion a year earlier, according to the 1Q2013 Report published by the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies (HAIC).
Starting 14th April drivers will have to choose whether they will buy an MTPL insurance policy or give up their vehicles registration plates.
The paid claims due to the heavy rainfall that devastated the region of Attica and the whole territory of Greece by the end of February 2013 will be more than EUR 5 million, according to the first data published by HAIC.
Greek finance ministry considers to make property insurance against
earthquake and floods obligatory. According to daily Kathimerini, the
compulsory insurance of property against big natural disasters like
earthquake and flood is being considered by the finance ministry as an
attempt to forestall the possibility of a widespread economic damage
from an unexpected event such as an earthquake or flood.
With the total GWP reaching EUR 4.3 billion and a 10.71% drop in comparison with the previous year, one can say that the market is in serious trouble also for 2013. The total non-life gross written premiums reached EUR 2.37 billion. From EUR 2.69 billion in 2011 the fall stopped at 11.76%.
In 3Q/2012, the Greek insurance market managed to total EUR 3.22 billion, which means a 9.8% drop compared with the same period of 2011.
The Association of Insurance Companies in Greece wants to evaluate the impact of repurchasing Greek state bonds in order to create the conditions which will minimize losses.
The situation regarding the intentions of the Government to tax the premiums paid by an employer to an employee under a collective pension-saving plan as income remains uncertain.
Following the merger planned between the National Bank of Greece and
Eurobank groups, the linkup of their insurance activities will lead to
the creation of a domestic insurance giant with premiums of over 1.1
billion euros out of a total of 4.9 billion euros in the local market.
The insurance sector has stopped investing in state bonds since
incurring huge losses as a result of the private sector involvement
(PSI) in the Greek debt swap earlier this year.
Greece is characterized by its high seismic exposure. It is estimated
that the economic loss to the residential stock of a 1-in-200 year event
is likely to be greater than 22 billion Euros while for a shorter
return period 1-in-5 year it is likely to be 1.3 billion Euros.
From the beginning of 2012, the state and expectations of the Greek insurance industry have remained shrouded in the big "cloud" represented by the country's financial crisis.
Car owners in Greece will have to pay penalties for their vehicles by the beginning of autumn if they don't acquire an insurance policy. Fines will start from 250 up to EUR 1,000 depending on vehicles year of manufacture and engine volume. In case of non-payment, owners will be given an even higher fine and withdrawal of their license and plate numbers.
Mandatory civil liability insurance for all vessels that enter Greek ports remains on paper, as the implementation for the legislation imposed by relevant EU directive that was incorporated into Greek law in 2012 is yet to become active. The delay in enforcing the law is keeping Greek insurers away from a potential premium volume of EUR 100 million.
Insurance companies are less exposed than banks to contagion risk triggered by a Greek exit from the eurozone, because of insurers' ability to share losses with policyholders and their lower reliance on short-term funding. However, banks' resilience is enhanced by benefiting from any potential EU policy response and European Central Bank action.
Stress tests to insurance companies will be commencing normally this year also, in spite the transition period that was given to the companies in order to recover from their great losses over PSI+. These tests will determine the limits of the insurance market against plausible negative developments in capital markets, but also to disastrous or adverse insurance events.