BMI View: As of mid-2014, the latest results from the leading players in the life and the non-life segments of the United States' massive insurance sector confirm that gross written premiums have been growing at fairly pedestrian single-digit rates and, for most lines, will continue to do so. However, the United States is par excellence an example of an insurance market where the absolute level of premiums and growth therein, is far from the whole story. In the non-life segment, companies are benefiting from the accelerating growth in the economy, the increased activity in particular sectors (such as energy), firming price s and the re lative absence of claims costs. This is at a time when levels of capital (and protection of property & casualty providers by catastrophe bonds) are at record high levels. In the life segment, it is easy to identify opportunities. Due to the tens of millions of households who are uninsured or underinsured, the life insurance gap is estimated by industry sources as amounting to approximately USD15,000bn. Demographic changes remain favourable. Many companies are undertaking initiatives in terms of products and distribution that should boost profits and/or sales.
In the coming year, almost all US insurance companies will benefit from their ability to exploit leadership positions in particular niches: economies of scale, access to capital - regardless of corporate structure, suitably broad portfolios of products, multi-channel distribution, widely recognised brands and innovation in terms of the products that they offer. External trends, such as the recovery in the stock market (and, consequently, improved investment earnings), the sustained growth in the economy and the relentless expansion of health insurance are additional positives. Both the insurance companies themselves and their enormously diverse customers will likely benefit from the changes that are underway.
The prospects for the United States' insurance sector...
The United States 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.
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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.
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.
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.