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.
The Russian National Reinsurance Company (RNRC) recently issued a comprehemsive report on the Russian reinsurance market's evolution in 2016. Please find below a summary of the main report's findings, together with the 2017 forecast, courtesy to RNRC.
2017 is an anniversary year. A hundred years after a series of key
events in the history of our country and in one separate segment of the
Russian economy such as insurance there will be also revolutionary
events, after which the insurance market, apparently, will never be the
Whether it's buying the best airline ticket or finding the best travel insurance, people want an easy way to understand and compare products online. But, when it comes to submitting a (flight delay compensation) claim, people will find it difficult, time-consuming and complicated. Would a legally eligible claim need to be covered under a travel insurance policy or would a traveller seek to file a complaint to the airline carrier him-/herself? Would there be a strong support for travellers, who are eligibly entitled to compensation, with customer-friendly travel insurance benefits?
Total economic losses and global insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2016 were the highest since 2012, reversing the downtrend of the previous four years, Swiss Re sigma says. Globally there were 327 disaster events in 2016, of which 191 were natural catastrophes and 136 were man-made. In total, the disasters resulted in economic losses of USD 175 billion, almost double the level in 2015.
Initial projections by ALLIANZ Research suggest that total global premium income rose to a new record high of eur 3,650 billion last year (excluding health insurance). In a y-o-y comparison, the nominal increase - after adjustments to reflect foreign currency translation effects - comes to an estimated 4.4%.
Cyber risk is a growing concern for businesses, with recent attacks
demonstrating that the costs of a cyber breach can escalate well beyond
managing the fallout of lost or corrupted data. Swiss Re's latest sigma
report "Cyber: getting to grips with a complex risk", says businesses
need to do much more to integrate cyber security into their risk
management programmes. Initiatives to boost cyber resilience are