During February 2020, Fitch Ratings, the leading provider of credit ratings, affirmed the ratings of Russia ('BBB'), Kazakhstan ('BBB'), Georgia ('BB'), Turkey ('BB-'), Bulgaria ('BBB') and Hungary ('BBB').
Total number of complaints about insurers decreased by 34% in 2019, according to the Bank of Russia. This indicator was the best performing among non-credit financial institutions, the regulator noted.
In 2019, life insurance decreased by 9% y-o-y and amounted to RUB 433.2 billion (~EUR 6.24 billion), as the preliminary market data show. At the same time, life paid claims increased by 87%, to RUB 140.7 billion, according to Igor YURGENS, President of the All-Russian Insurance Association (ARIA).
Experts predict a 5% decrease of MTPL GWP in 2020 due to the new regulation and stagnation of the motor insurance market, one of the latest Deloitte study over Russia mentions.
The Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank developed and submitted to the government a document providing the sale conditions of SBERBANK shares, owned by the Bank of Russia, which will help to avoid a conflict of interests due to combining the roles of the regulator, shareholder and supervisor, the ministry said.
The Russian financial ombudsman service was included into the International Network of Financial Services Ombudsman Schemes. This decision was made at the meeting of the Organization's Committee, as ASN reports with reference to the Chief Financial Ombudsman, Yuri VORONIN.
According to the Russian National Reinsurance Company (RNRC), its GWP amounted to RUB 14 billion (~EUR 0.2 billion) in 2019, while its profit exceeded RUB 3 billion (EUR 43.24 million), as Natalia KARPOVA, President, Chairman of the Board of RNRC, announced.
In 2019 almost 90% of car owners (33.8 million people) got MTPL discounts (bonus-malus coefficient less than 1) and 48% of all car owners (18.3 million people) had discounts of 20% or more, according to Igor YURGENS, the president of the Russian Association of Motor Insurers (RAMI).
Victor DUBROVIN has been appointed the vice-president of the All Russian Insurance Association (ARIA). He will, among other things, develop life insurance and digitalization of the insurance market, ASN reports.
General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re), the state reinsurer of India, announced they will expand their business in Russia.
As the preliminary data of the National Association of Agriculture Insurers (NAAI) show, the agroinsurance market at the end of 2019 amounted to RUB 5.3 billion (~EUR 76.4 million), as ASN reports.
At the end of 2019, Russian MTPL GWP decreased by 3.4% y-o-y to RUB 220.2 billion (~EUR 3.17 billion), while paid claims, on the contrary, grew by 5.6%, to RUB 150.1 billion (~EUR 2.16 billion), as preliminary data of the Russian Association of Motor Insurers (RAMI) show, ASN reports.
The leader of the Russian insurance market in terms of GWP and paid claims, SOGAZ group, increased its charter capital to RUB 30 billion (~EUR 0.43 billion). The changes of the insurer's charter were registered on December 31, 2019, ASN reports.
SBERBANK Insurance renewed obligatory reinsurance protection of property risks accepted for insurance, for a capacity of RUB 5 billion (~EUR 73.48 million*), ASN reports.
On January 1, 2020, a new procedure for financing the State program for agricultural development entered into force. The procedure provides targeted subsidies for regions to support agroinsurance, considering insurance practices of each region, as the National Association of Agriculture Insurers (NAAI) informed.
In 3Q2019, Russian insurance market GWP reached RUB 1100.0 billion (EUR 15.66 billion), thus remaining almost at the level of 3Q2018. The market in euro grew by 9.15% thanks to a more favorable rate, than a year ago. Paid claims reached RUB 433.5 billion (EUR 6.16 billion), as the data of the Central Bank, show.
By 2021, the Russian insurance market won't be able to reach the goal set by the All-Russian Insurance Association (ARIA) of RUB 2 trillion (~EUR 28.8 billion), part of its development strategy, as the national rating agencies Expert RA and NCR (National Credit Ratings) consider.
On December 17, the Ministry of Agriculture announced the planned volume of agroinsurance subsidies in Russia for 2020, which could be increased to RUB 4.2 billion (~EUR 60 million) vs. the initially planned RUB 2.2. billion (~EUR 31.5 million), ASN reports.
As the data of the Bank of Russia show, from January to September 2019, MTPL GWP amounted to RUB 154 billion (~EUR 2.18 billion), which is 6.7% less y-o-y. Paid claims exceeded RUB 103.1 billion (~EUR 1.46 billion), ASN reports.
According to the market results for 9 months of 2019, the total number of agents of ROSGOSSTRAKH company grew by almost 41% y-o-y, which allowed the company to regain its first place on the market in terms of total number of individual agents, ASN reports.