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No. 152, March 25th, 2010
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Feelings for MTPL

Insurers are sending contradictory signals. Some love the MTPL, and that is reflected by lower rates. After a while, the financial indicators force them to return to worse feelings regarding MTPL and tarrifs fall into normal on a market in which this segment brings losses. So, although not always the same ones, in the market there are companies that regularly love the MTPL.

MTPL is uncomfortable for the customers. People don't love anything that is mandatory, especially when it comes to an insurance "for others", ignoring that responsibility is of the guilty part, and anybody can be guilty. During this time, the wrong messages reach customers: MTPL is a tax that exists only in Romania, tarrifs increase to cover the losses of the companies that, anyway, do not pay their claims.

Yes, insurers do not pay claims for MTPL. As long as - we are not afraid to say it directly - there are companies that do not pay their obligations, can we blame the press or the customers for generalizing a state of fact seen punctually at the market level?

In a normal market, all insurers pay their claims. In Romania, the payment of claims in time is, along with the price, one of the main criteria for buying a certain insurance product. For MTPL, "cheap" is the keyword.

In this framework, a proposal comes: to make customers love the MTPL! What does this translate into? In short: in case of an accident, the claim can be paid to the damaged part by the company where it has bought the MTPL! Sounds simple, motivating for the client, maybe a little annoying for some insurers!

by alex.rosca@mxp.ro

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Interview with Antonio SOUVANNASOUCK,
Managing Partner,
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XPRIMM: How strong was the impact of the economic crisis on the insurance market in 2009?
Antonio SOUVANNASOUCK:
Insurance industry is a balancing segment of the economy, characterized by continuity (most of the insurance contracts are annually renewed), and because of that the impact of the crisis was quite low. Of course the insurance market has also been affected, but considering the collapse of the financial market, of the auto market and of consumption, where declines have been dramatic, the decrease of the insurance market is minimal. We were used to 2-digits increases and it is normal, given how much we are behind the insurance markets from the EU, but this minimum decrease emphasizes the stability. In addition, there were no bankruptcies or special closures of activity.

XPRIMM: How do you see the evolution of the insurance market in 2010? (in the context of an extension of the economic crisis)
A.S.:
I do not see an extension of the economic crisis. This is the crisis. It takes as long as it is necessary for a correct rearrangement of values. The insurance volume will still have a minimum fluctuation of +/- 5-7%. If the Romanian state will be able to implement solutions of accelerated stepping out of the crisis, especially if it succeeds to "unlock" investments in infrastructure, we will have an increase in 2010.

XPRIMM: What is currently the most pressing problem of the insurance brokerage market? (except the economic crisis)
A.S.:
"Throwing" all responsibilities on brokers and the marginalization of their activity. Insurers are "assaulted" by the claims that they suspect to be mostly fraud. This phenomenon exists anywhere in the world and it is unfortunately accepted as a "technological loss", within reasonable limits. Only that in mature markets there are analysis and discernment and, not least, the law is applied. A second reason for concern is the tendency of customers, both corporate and retail, towards the cheapest product. Services related to the insurance product, both from insurers and mostly from brokers, have no value anymore. The word of order is "as cheap as possible", forgetting the fact that insurance/insurance related services have various degrees of quality and that, usually, "the cheapest" means poor quality, as for any type of product, except for the fashion segment...

XPRIMM: How was the bonus-malus system perceived by your customers? What is your opinion on this?
A.S.:
I for one am particularly upset because of the introduction of the bonus-malus system last year. It should have been introduced a long time ago. Considering that the motor insurance segment has been taking a turn into the red for about 6 years, the introduction of this system 7 years ago, in full ascension of the insurance market, would have had a positive impact on the motor market, especially by changing the mentality. I am looking forward for the implementation of a system integrated in the market, for the application of the bonus-malus system and for Motor Hull insurance.

XPRIMM: Which will be, in your opinion, the consequences upon the profile market of the coming into force of the law of mandatory household insurance?
A.S.:
I see two important aspects. Part of the population will perceive this insurance as a new tax and some people, the "God-fearing ones", will pay, while the others won't. Another part will understand the need to insure and maybe they will be convinced to buy a voluntary insurance. I hope very much that voluntary household insurance will be "boosted" a lot, maybe not in the first year, but over time people may understand better the need for voluntary insurance.

XPRIMM: How did the corporate segment evolve in 2009? But the retail one?
A.S.:
Both segments had very much to suffer. Many companies have gone bankrupt or have dramatically reduced activity. Others have decided to self-insure or could no longer pay insurance premiums. Insurance revenues have also decreased due to the fact that property insurance has benefited from a 15-20% decrease of the premium quotations, due to increased capacity of reinsurance markets and to the re-orientation from motor insurance that brings losses. Regarding the retail, it suffered equally, as the population grew poorer because of the financial crisis, besides, motor insurance, which represents over 95% of the retail insurance segment, got more expensive by 15-20%.

XPRIMM: Do you consider Bucharest to be a saturated market in terms of competition?
A.S.:
Competition is always welcomed. I believe that the loss of a customer in front of competitors can teach you many things. This is basically valid in a developed and civilized market. Unfortunately, in Romania we do not have such a thing and I observe, in this time of crisis, a worsening of the competitive environment in general and its contamination in Bucharest in particular. To be more explicit, I mean: bribes, nepotism, group interests or others...

XPRIMM: Is an expansion of the sales force appropriate, at this time? Do you think the economic situation brings new oportunities of finding people to work in insurance?
A.S.:
I see that on the market there is plenty of labor force in the field. Unfortunately, much of it is made up of former insurance agents/insurance advisors, who were abandoned by their insurance companies and are looking for income. Their training was often mediocre and unidirectional (life insurance, retail etc.). But I think that it is an opportunity of investment for the future, especially for retail, the more so as the profit margin in the field will keep decreasing, so the volume must be increased.

XPRIMM: What opportunities do you see for your company's activity in the next period?
A.S.:
If this year the market conditions do not allow a growth, we will take advantage of this to reorganize the sales structure, to optimize the management procedures, to develop new services. We are also considering the development of a structure of partners in franchise.

XPRIMM: What is the portfolio structure now? Did it suffer changes as a consequence of the economic crisis?
A.S.:
Looking at the structure of the portfolio on risk classes, it has not changed and it is similar to the structure of the market. In 2009, we had a decrease on the corporate segment and a slight increase on retail.

XPRIMM: How do you assess the company's results in 2009? How do they present themselves if we compare them to the 2008 results?
A.S.:
I do not have the final data yet, but preliminary results show a small decrease, of about 5% compared to 2008. I think that we have surpassed very well an extremely difficult year.

XPRIMM: What are the main objectives of your company this year? (Total volume of mediations, personnel structure etc.)
A.S.:
Honestly, I think it cannot be worse than in 2009, so I predict a 10-15% increase in turnover, based on a slight recovery of the economy, on the further growth of the premiums on the motor segment and on a rebound of premiums for property insurance. I rely also on offering new services to customers and on the development of the franchise system.

XPRIMM: Thank you!
by mihai.cracea@mxp.ro

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PAID contracted the IT service provider and will issue policies starting July 1, 2010
The Pool of Insurance Against Disasters (PAID) has signed a contract with the company ESSENTIAL Systems, for the purchase and realization of the IT system that will manage the policies sold by the company, according to statements of Marius BULUGEA, General Manager of PAID, at a specialty seminar.
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 18.03.2010



UNSAR requests deductibility within the limit of EUR 400 for life insurance
The National Union of Insurance Companies in Romania (UNSAR) requires authorities to introduce deductibility for premiums written on life insurance, with a maturity of more than ten years, within the limit of EUR 400, for the employee and for the employer. UNSAR filed yesterday, at the Government, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Labor and the specialty committees from the Parliament, an official letter in this respect, according to which the limit of deductibility for the income tax (respectively, profit tax for the employer) would be similar to that for the voluntary private pensions segment.
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 23.03.2010



Brokerage market in 2009: mediations up by 18% and revenues down by 15%
In 2009, insurance brokers have mediated 36% of the value of the underwritings on the market, up by 6% compared to the previous year. Thus, last year, the volume of mediated premiums amounted to almost RON 3.2 billion (gross written premiums), 18% more than in 2008, according to the National Union of Insurance Brokerage and Consulting Companies (UNSICAR).
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 19.03.2010



ISC forces the companies to answer complaints within 30 days
Insurance companies will be required to develop on-line systems for receiving the complaints of clients, according to a draft law posted for debate on the ISC (Romanian Insurance Supervisory Commission) website. The deadline for the implementation of this module on the sites of companies is of 30 days from the date of the entry into force of the norms.
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by mihaela.circu@mxp.ro, 16.03.2010



GENERALI Group is interested in acquisitions in the region, including Romania
The Italian insurer GENERALI announced it aimed to grow operations in Russia, Poland and Romania, evaluating possible acquisitions in those countries, according to statements of Giovanni PERISSINOTTO, the CEO of the group, quoted by BLOOMBERG.
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by andreea.ionete@mxp.ro, 22.03.2010



The business of UNIQA Asigurari fell by 4% in 2009, to RON 487 million
UNIQA Asigurari has ended 2009 with gross written premiums of RON 487 million, down by 4% compared with the 2008 results of the company, of RON 507 million, according to preliminary data published by the insurer. Also, the claims paid in the same period totaled RON 409.51 million, 5% more than in the previous year.
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by andreea.ionete@mxp.ro, 22.03.2010



Business of RON 2.15 million for AEGON, in the first year on the market
AEGON Asigurari de Viata, company launched on the Romanian profile market at the beginning of the previous year, reported in the first year of activity underwritings of RON 2.15 million (about EUR 520 thousand). Unit-linked policies accounted for approximately 80% of company sales (RON 1.76 million) or a number of 1,718 policies, out of the total volume of 2,153 contracts signed in 2009. The most important sales channel of the company was represented by insurance brokers, who own a 84% share of the total underwritings of the company.
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 12.03.2010



Parliament looks at MTPL problems
The Economic Policies Commission of the Chamber of Deputies will start an investigation that aims to analyze the activity of the insurance companies in Romania.
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by mihaela.circu@mxp.ro, 16.03.2010



KD Life is still alive
The Special Administration instituted by the ISC for the company KD Life at the beginning of March has as main objectives the relaunching of the company by increasing the share capital, either by the present shareholders or by other interested investors, the protection of the interests of the insured, as well as reducing costs in order to make the activity more efficient, according to a company press release.
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by andreea.ionete@mxp.ro, 16.03.2010


Health insurance: High potential, low achievements
The private health insurance market has a potential of EUR 400 million, but only 12% of it could be reached by 2012, according to estimates made by Polish research company PMR. According to the analysis, the profile segment will experience growth in the coming years, and insurers will begin to "steal" patients from healthcare providers.
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 24.03.2010



Revising the malpractice law
A new modification of the law on malpractice could enlarge the list of those to be held responsible in case of a medical fault. Thus, in a project of law found in public debate, is introduced the mandatory insurance in case of mistake for providers of healthcare, medical and pharmaceutical products and services.
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by mihaela.circu@mxp.ro, 15.03.2010

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6.3% decrease for Bulgaria's insurance market in 2009
For the first time in six years, Bulgaria's insurance market decreased by 6.3% on an annual basis, with premiums adding up to BGN 1.7 billion (EUR 869 million) - showed the figures presented by the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC). Life insurance tumbled by 18% to BGN 221.6 million (EUR 113,3 million).
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by Dvevnik, 22.03.2010



Croatian insurance market totaled EUR 0.22 billion
Croatian insurance companies reported gross insurance premiums of EUR 0.22 billion, a 1% decrease over the same period last year, according to cumulative data from the Croatian Insurance Bureau for January and February 2010.
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by limun.hr, 22.03.2010



Big plans for ERGO in Eastern Europe
Insurance Company ERGO (MUNICH Re's primary insurance unit) intends to triple the share of premium growth from Eastern Europe, where policy sales are coming off a low base, according to WSJ.
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by mihai.cracea@mxp.ro, 23.03.2010



PZU - interested to take over Belorussian BELGOSSTRAKH
Polish-based PZU, the biggest insurance company on the local market, has expressed its interest in Belorussian state-owned insurer BELGOSSTRAKH, according to sources from the local market.
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 23.03.2010



PZU posts record profit before IPO
PZU SA, Poland's biggest insurer, posted a record profit of USD 1.3 billion last year, improving earnings before its initial public offering planned in the second quarter of this year, according to BLOOMBERG.
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 24.03.2010



Sixth International Risk Management Conference to be held in Kazakhstan
The Sixth International Risk Management Conference will be held this year traditionally on 14-15 April 2010 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This will be the Sixth Annual Conference on Risk Management organized and sponsored by EURASIA Insurance Company.
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 25.02.2010



All-Russia Conference on Reinsurance has come to its 14th edition
All-Russian Union of Insurers, with the support of the business center "DELOVOY Format", proudly presents their next conference "Reinsurance Efficiency: Lessons of Crisis", to take place in Moscow, National Hotel, on 25-26 March 2010.
The annual All-Russian Reinsurance Conference has traditionally become a major social event which brings together Russian reinsures and their foreign colleagues for the 14th time already. In 2009, the Conference was attended by 450 Russian and foreign reinsurers and guests, members of government bodies, market experts and mass media from 18 countries.
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 25.02.2010



Russian Insurance Summit 2010
On May 20-23, 2010, the Russian Association of Insurers holds the VIIIth Annual International Insurance Summit in the city of Vladimir, club VELES. Within the framework of the Summit there will be discussions on the present situation and on problems of the national insurance market in the context of international insurance development. The main theme of the Summit will be "Insurance into the Second Decade of the XXIst Century".
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 25.02.2010



Tashkent International Insurance Forum
On April 8-9, 2010, SAIPRO holds Annual International Insurance Forum in the city of Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan.
Among the invited participants there are: top managers of foreign and national insurance, reinsurance and brokerage companies and other organizations, representatives of ministries, departments, state and public organizations, heads of foreign insurance market regulatory bodies, national and international associations, banks, investment and audit companies.
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by oleg.doronceanu@mxp.ro, 25.02.2010

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Convergence program adopted
The Executive sanctioned the convergence program during a meeting held on the 23rd of March. The paper will be sent to the European Commission. The program includes a set of economic policy measures designed to correct the budget deficit and to solve structural shortcomings affecting economic competitiveness and actual convergence progress, MEDIAFAX informs. In fact, last week the EC said it would assess the stability and convergence programs filed by ten of the member states - Romania, Slovenia, Luxemburg, Malta, Denmark, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Poland. After being reviewed by the Economic and Financial Committee, the EC's assessment is then sent to the Council of the EU that, in turn, examines the document and issues an opinion on each member state's program. In its opinion, the Council may suggest specific action to be taken by a certain member state. Under the prevention component of the EU Growth and Stability Pact, euro zone countries prepare annual stability programs and non-euro zone states prepare convergence program. The aim is to safeguard reliable budgetary discipline by supervising and coordinating budgetary policies in the eurozone and in the rest of the EU. Romania's convergence program is subject to annual reviews and is sent to Brussels after being adopted by the Government.
by nineoclock.ro, 25.03.2010


Romania's auto trade with Germany scores surplus
According to Vergil VOINEAGU, President of the National Statistics Institute (INS), last year the services sector accounted for 50.1 percent of GDP for the first time. In recent years the services sector constantly accounted for almost 50 percent of GDP - 48.9 percent in 2008, 49.4 percent in 2007 and 48.5 percent in 2006. The industrial sector also hiked its contribution by almost 1 percent, from 22.9 percent of GDP in 2008 to 23.8 percent in 2009.
On the other hand, VOINEAGU pointed out a slight drop in the agriculture sector's contribution, a worrisome situation considering that 30 percent of the active population is employed in this sector and that Romania has a high agricultural potential.
According to the INS President, economic engines last year were industry and net exports, against the backdrop in which export adjustment was significantly lower than the drop in imports. Last year the constructions sector dropped by 13.6 percent against 2008, while the commerce sector dropped by 11.2 percent, with the two having the largest share in the economic contraction of 7.1 percent. In 2008 the economy grew by 7.1 percent. Romania is among the EU member states that reported the highest current account deficit adjustment, VOINEAGU added.
The same INS data show that last year Romania's auto trade with Germany reported a surplus of EUR 306.4 million, in contrast to a EUR 762.8 million deficit in 2008.
by nineoclock.ro, 24.03.2010


FITCH Ratings awarded "BB+" to Romania's Eurobonds issue
FITCH Ratings awarded "BB+" to the Eurobonds issue that expires every five years, EUR 1 billion worth. It was launched on Thursday evening, March 11, by the Romanian state, a financial evaluation agency report shows. This rating is similar to the one that Romania received for long term foreign currency debt.
On February 2, FITCH Ratings improved Romania's rating from "negative" to "stable" and confirmed "BB+" and "BB-" for long term debts in foreign and national currencies. At the same time, the agency confirmed the country limit and the rating for short term debt in foreign currency to "BBB" and, respectively, "B".
On March 11, Romania launched a Eurobonds issue EUR 1 billion worth, with a five-year maturity and a 5% coupon. The issue was oversubscribed approximately five times: the first was paid above the index of the market (mid-swap), amounting to 268 base points at the five-year maturity.
"The final read EUR 4.9 billion, almost five times the issue's value. The 5% coupon is an absolute record for Romania and a good price for regional issues. The total paid outturn is 5.17% per year", the State Secretary of the Public Finance Ministry, Bogdan DRAGOI, said.
Romania's Eurobonds issue has been carried out by DEUTSCHE Bank AG, EFG EUROBANK and HSBC Holdings Plc.
by hotnews.ro, 12.03.2010

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14th All-Russian Reinsurance Conference
25-26 March 2010
National Hotel, Moscow
Organizer: All-Russian Insurance Association& Group Delovoy Format
Media Partner: XPRIMM Insurance and Pensions
Official web-page: www.re-conference.ru


Tashkent International Insurance Forum
8-11 April 2010
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Organizer: SAIPRO
Media Partner: XPRIMM Insurance and Pensions
Official web-page: www.tiif.uz


Sixth International Risk Management Conference
14-15 April 2010, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Organizer: EURASIA Insurance Company
Media Partner: PRIMM Insurance&Pensions Magazine
Official web-page: www.theeurasia.kz


Russian Insurance Summit 2010
20-23 May 2010
VELES Hotel, Vladimir, Russia
Organizer: All-Russian Insurance Association
Media Partner: XPRIMM Insurance and Pensions
Official web-page: ins-conference.org


FIAR - International Insurance-Reinsurance Forum
24-28 May 2010
Sinaia, Romania
13th Edition
Organizer: Media XPRIMM
Official web-page: www.fiar.ro

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