2013-12-27 13:42:06 - Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "United States Insurance Report Q1 2014", is now available at Fast Market Research
H113 was, for most insurers, a constructive period in spite of the patchy performance of the economy and occasional volatility in financial markets. Property/casualty companies (ie the majority of the non-life segment as BMI defines it) benefited from firmer rates and substantially lower claims losses relative to the previous year. In a sign of confidence, major life companies have been buying back stock.
Key Insights On The US Insurance Sector
The United States Insurance Report considers the prospects for both life and non-life (property & casualty and health) insurers. As of mid-2013, the newsflow continues to highlight the strength of both major segments - in face of substantial challenges.
In spite of a patchy economy and an interest rate environment that reduces demand
for (and/or profits from) particular products, most leading life insurance companies are reporting higher sales volumes (and/or prices) for their offerings - with fixed annuities being the main exception. The implication is that the industry continues to enjoy the trust and support of households and businesses at a time that the numbers of people who are at or near retirement age is growing. Several of the leading life insurance companies (and non-life companies) have been buying back stock. Prudential Financial's agreement to buy the individual life operations of The Hartford, in a deal which closed in early 2013, is another landmark. Most of the leading life companies have benefited from strong growth in demand for at least some of their insurance and/or wealth management offerings. As ever, it is easy to find examples of innovation in terms of product development and/or distribution.
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The property/casualty insurers, which are the main element of the non-life segment as BMI defines it, have prospered. Returns on policyholders' surplus surged sharply in H113. This was partly due to higher underwriting profits for most lines. Catastrophe-related losses are down relative to those of the previous corresponding period. In most cases, insurers have maintained good control of claims and other costs. Prices have firmed. However, the abundance of capital available to the non-life insurers means that prices have not risen as quickly as might have been expected given the scale of losses arising from Hurricane Sandy in late 2012 and from the various enormous disasters of 2011.
For all the insurers, the environment of persistently low interest rates remains a challenge. However, overall investment earnings of the property/casualty insurers picked up in H113 thanks to greater realisation of capital gains.
Report Table of Contents:
BMI Industry View
- Table: Total Premiums, 2010-2017
- Business Environment
- Table: Life Premiums, 2010-2017
- Table: Non-Life Premiums, 2010-2017
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
- Developed States Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
- Table: Developed States Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
- United States Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings
- Table: United States Insurance Risk/Reward Rating
- Life Sector Update
- Non-Life Sector Update
Industry Trends And Developments
- Life Growth Drivers And Risk Management Projections
- Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Demographics, 2010-2017
- Non-Life Growth Drivers And Risk Management Projections
- Macroeconomic Outlook
- Political Stability Outlook
- Domestic Politics - Shutdown To Worsen Tensions And Increase Gridlock
- Table: Developed States Security Risk Ratings (scores out of 100, with 100 the best)
- Healthcare Sector
- Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Disease Adjusted Life Years 2010-2017
- Table: Insurance Key Drivers, Autos 2010-2017
- New York Life
- Prudential Financial
- State Farm
- ACE Group
- Catlin Group
- XL Group
- Developed States Life Sector Overview
- Table: Developed States Life Premiums, 2010-2017
- Developed States Non-Life Sector Overview
- Table: Developed States Non-Life Premiums, 2010-2017 (US$mn)
- Demographic Outlook
- Table: The United States' Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
- Table: The United States' Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
- Table: The United States' Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
- Table: The United States' Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020
- Industry Forecast Methodology
- Risk/Reward Rating Methodology
- Table: Insurance Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators
- Table: Weighting Of Indicators
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