STATISTICS: POLAND, 1H2017: Recovery trend confirmed thanks to the MTPL line increasing premiums volume
The Polish insurance market's recovery announced by the Q1 results, after four years of decline, seems to become confirmed reality, judging by the 1H results: the market ended the first half of 2017 with GWP of EUR 7.4 billion, 21% up y-o-y.
AEGON Poland takes over NORDEA pension fund's management
AEGON Poland has received the Polish Financial Supervision Authority's approval to take over the management of the NORDEA open pension fund (OFE) between September 1 and November 17, 2017.
STATISTICS: POLAND, 1Q2017: GWP up by 20.5% supported by the MTPL line
Polish insurers ended 1Q2017 with GWP of EUR 3.78 billion, 20.5% up y-o-y, mostly supported by the MTPL line which saw total GWP going up by almost 50%.
STATISTICS: Poland FY2016: life insurance falling GWP offset by the MTPL premiums' increase
Polish insurers' business remained stable in 2016, with total GWP of PLN 56.04 billion (EUR 12.7 billion), 2.25% up y-o-y in local currency, but slightly decreasing (-1.5%) when denominated in European currency. Life insurance continued to witness a falling trend, especially on the UL products line, which saw a 23% reduction in premiums.
Michael KRUPINSKI, head of PZU, awarded "Insurance Manager of the Year 2016" in Poland
Michael KRUPINSKI, head of the Polish insurance leading group, PZU, has been awarded "Insurance Manager of the year 2016" by the national financial journal "Gazeta Bankowa", while the company won the "Most friendly insurance company" award in the category of motor insurance. The awards have been granted in recognition of PZU's impressing financial evolution last year, as well as of its customer centric culture.
STATISTICS: Poland 3Q2016: Motor insurance still unprofitable despite the increasing premiums
The descendant trend established during the previous quarters in the Polish insurance market continued in Q3, with GWP falling by another 2%, to EUR 9.44 billion. While the absolute driver of the falling trend was again the life insurance segment, it is worth noting also that given the slightly weaker domestic currency has also a saying in the matter. Denominated in Polish Zloty, the GWP figure only shows a stagnant trend.
STATISTICS: POLAND 1H: Severe crop damages caused by frost pushed up claims for damages to property by almost 140% y-o-y
After a quasi stable 2015, the Polish insurance market ended the first half of 2016 with an 8% y-o-y decrease in GWP, entirely driven by the decreasing life insurance business.
Crop insurance seminar in Torun, Poland
Between June 27th and 29th, 2016, Polish Reinsurance Company (POLISH Re) together with CONCORDIA Insurance organized an underwriting and claims handling seminar dedicated to crop insurance, which took place in Torun, the city in the northern part of Poland. The seminar gathered more than 50 people, representatives of 10 insurance markets, such as: China, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany and Poland.
STATISTICS: POLAND, 1Q2016: maintained profitability in life insurance despite the decreasing GWP volume
The downsize trend of the Polish insurance market continued in Q1, driven by the strongly negative change recorded on the life insurance segment. Thus, total GWP amounted to EUR 3.14 billion, 10.76% less y-o-y, while the GWP decrease in life insurance GWP was of 23.37% y-o-y, to EUR 1.34 billion. The Polish zloti depreciation against euro had also a say in the significant market decrease.
POLAND: AEGON takes over management of NORDEA pension fund
AEGON Poland has signed an agreement with a Nordic financial services firm, NORDEA to take over the management of NORDEA's Polish Pillar II pension fund. The deal will make AEGON Poland the fourth largest pension fund in the country. The deal is subjected to regulatory approval.
ON THE MOVE
Industry veteran David LUNDGREN to head InsurTech Pioneer Quantemplate
David LUNDGREN has been appointed CEO and Board Director of Quantemplate, an InsurTech firm which uses machine learning to help re/insurers grow their business through data transformation and analytical insights.
Swiss Re appoints new CFO and proposes new members to the BoD
Swiss Re announced that John DACEY, currently Group Chief Strategy Officer, is appointed Group Chief Financial Officer, effective 1 April 2018. He succeeds to David COLE, who will step down to pursue a non-executive career, while remaining a board member of several Swiss Re subsidiaries.
Piotr OZAREK is the PZU's first Ombudsman
Piotr OZAREK was appointed to perform the newly established function within PZU, as the first client's spokesperson of the insurer. His main task will be of helping in the most difficult and complicated cases in which PZU's clients are not satisfied with the solution.
Desmond BOHAN joins JLT Re as Senior Vice President
JLT Re, part of the global provider of reinsurance broking and consultancy, has appointed Desmond BOHAN as Senior Vice President in Stamford, Connecticut. He will focus on the continued expansion and development of JLT Re's Program practice in North America.
"Insurance and Pensions reloaded" - the 7th EIOPA Annual Conference
The 7th EIOPA Annual Conference takes place today in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. A review of the current supervisory covergence issues and of the prospects of the Pan European Personal Pension Product are on the event's agenda, together with analyzing the ways in which regulation may enable innovation.
NBMR, Moscow: Regulatory changes have challenged the Russian insurance market in 2017
"The Russian insurance market is ending a difficult year," Igor ALEKSEEV, Chairman of the Steering Committee of November Business Meetings of Reinsurers, Deputy Head of the Reinsurance Department, INGOSSTRAKH said today in Moscow.
"IIF2017 - Insurance in the DIGITAL World" Conference took place in Vienna
"IIF2017 - Insurance in the DIGITAL World" conference brought together in Vienna well-known insurance professionals from all over the world who analyzed the latest digital trends in the industry, taking into account the fast digitalization of the financial services providers' world, in particular in the insurance field, which is creating both huge opportunities and strong challenges for the players.
Croatian Insurance Days Live
On 9 November has started in Opatija, Croatia, the 2017 edition of the Croatian Insurance Days Conference, the traditional meeting of the Croatian insurance top professionals with their European peers. XPRIMM Publications are supporting the event as Media Partners.
The 2017 Baden Baden Meeting: Short recap
The Baden-Baden meeting, one of the key events in the reinsurance calendar, has just set the final point of this year's edition. XPRIMM Publications have reported from the meeting's premises. Let's recap!
Baden Baden Headlines 3: CEE insurance markets are attractive for reinsurers
Central and Eastern Europe insurance markets are an important source of business for Lloyds, total premium income from this region increasing by EUR 64 million since 2010, pointed out the Lloyd's representative in a seminar dedicated to CEE insurance markets: "We are seeing strong growth from Czech Rep, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. At the same time are some contractions from Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary due to challenging trading conditions as political implications and other sanctions".
Baden Baden Headlines 2: cyber insurance market set to grow under regulatory presure; nat cat events more frequent, but losses per event are decreasing
Asian insurance market, especially the Indian market - are considered to be "the new El-Dorado" of the global re/insurance market, with rapidly expanding markets and an dynamic environment: "Indian P&C re/insurance markets are expected to grow at a pace of 15% per annum", according to Victor PEIGNET, CEO, Global P&C, SCOR SE. The French -based reinsurer setted-up its Indian branch in 2016, after the authorisation from the local market authority - IRDAI. India's re/insurance market has become more attractive for global companies following the relaxation of regulatory requirements, and lately, "big names" in the industry entered the market by opening branches: GEN Re, SCOR, Lloyd's of London, MUNICH Re, SWISS Re, Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), HANNOVER Re, XL Catlin and others.
JLT Re: Harvey, Irma and Maria brought a decisive end to a five-year period of below-average global catastrophe losses
"2017 looks set to become the most expensive catastrophe loss year ever for the P&C sector, mostly due to the hyperactive 2017 hurricane season," finds the Viewpoint Report - Winds of change launched yesterday by JLT Re.
5th Insurance Claims & Underwriting Management Asia Summit 2018
6-9 February 2018
Singapore, Rendezvous Hotel Singapore
Organizer: Equip Global Pte Ltd
Media Partner: XPRIMM Publications
More details: equip-global.com
6th Edition Nordic Asset Allocation: Investing in Alternative Asset Classes
7-9 March 2018
Organizer: marcus evans
Media Partner: XPRIMM Publications
For details: marcusevans-conferences-paneuropean.com
European Consumer Protection Conference
22 March 2018
Prague, Czech Republic
4th Annual African Insurance Forum
5-6 April 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa
Media partner: XPRIMM Publications
For details: ins.fextons.com