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United Kingdom Insurance Report

Published 25 November 2013

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United Kingdom Insurance Report

BMI View: As of late 2013, both the non-life (re)insurers and the life companies are proactively working to boost profits (and, in many cases, premiums) in a global economic and financial environment that remains quite challenging.

Key Insights And Key Risks

Strategies vary from company to company but, as is apparent from their latest published results, include: acquisitions; development of new products; development of new channels (and, in particular, affinity marketing); realignment of portfolios, even if this means that premium growth is curtailed in the short-term; divestments of non-core businesses; and, even greater discipline in underwriting.

As expected, the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) has emerged as a key issue for many companies that are providing life insurance products and pensions. In the short-term, RDR will continue to present challenges, because it implies massive changes for the UK's community of advisers - who are important distributors' of the insurers products. In the long-run, it is undoubtedly an opportunity. It will encourage open architecture and the provision of savings solutions via platforms, an element of the UK's financial services infrastructure in which the insurers are leaders. RDR is clearly good for consumers, and should serve to boost public perceptions of organised savings, including the life insurance companies. In their Interim Management Statements for the first three quarters or 2013, several of the leading life companies made it clear that they benefited from the changes.

Both Lloyd's and the major non-life companies have highlighted three broad themes. One is the greater need to rely on underwriting profits - because investment earnings continue to be crimped by very low interest rates. The second is the generally benign catastrophe loss experience. The third is the downwards pressure on prices and rates. In the globally-connected UK non-life (re)insurance markets, this is substantially because of an increase in...

The United Kingdom Insurance Report has been researched at source and features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent assessment and forecasts for the insurance sector. It examines industry developments, key growth drivers and risk management projections, including the macroeconomic situation, government policy, regulatory environment and the level of development and potential for growth, broken down by line. Leading insurers are profiled, covering premiums, products and services and competitive positioning.

BMI's United Kingdom Insurance Report provides professionals, consultancies, government departments, regulatory bodies and researchers with independent forecasts and regional competitive intelligence on the British insurance industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent insurance industry forecasts for United Kingdom to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in United Kingdom's insurance market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in United Kingdom through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, investments and macroeconomic developments.
  • Exploit latest competitive intelligence on your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts and views, covering the Life and Non-Life segments, the evolving competitive landscape and business operational risks.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the insurance sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

Regional Outlook

Individual analysis of both Life and Non-Life insurance sector developments and prospects across developed states and emerging markets - supported by BMI's global industry growth forecasts. This is followed by an in-depth evaluation of region- and country-specific trends, focusing on BMI's country-by-country market growth data.

Business Environment Rankings

BMI's Insurance Business Environment Rankings provide a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors (Life and Non-Life) in the insurance market.

The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industry, economic and demographic data points and is part of BMI's integrated Country Risk-Industry Rankings products.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for key industry and economic indicators (see list below) supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

Premiums: Total (US$mn), growth (% y-o-y), penetration (% of GDP), density (US$ per capita) for Life and Non-Life sectors, and total premiums.

Life: Data on gross written premiums for all major non-life segments (e.g. motor, fire, work).

Non-life: Data on gross written premiums for all major life segments (e.g. life, retirement).

Economic: Nominal GDP (US$bn), real GDP growth (%), GDP per capita (US$), population (mn), unemployment (%), exchange rate (against US$).

Competitive Landscape & Rankings

Illustration of the insurance industry via rankings tables comparing gross written premiums by company (US$mn) and market share (%). This chapter also includes in-depth regional analysis of the market position, business strategies and investment potential of the leading insurance companies.

Company Profiles

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.

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