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RESEARCH LIBRARY

Insurance in sub-Saharan Africa: growth stutters, but fundamentals are strong

The latest Expertise Publication from the Swiss Re Institute reviews recent developments in the economy and insurance markets of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) excluding South Africa. It assesses the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Though still positive, in real terms SSA insurance premium growth has slowed notably from 2014 and came to a halt in 2016, mainly because of the weaknesses in oil exporting countries. However, the outlook is still positive based on the expectation of a recovery of economic activity and a continuation of the trend of increasing middle class. Key growth areas in the insurance sector lie in agriculture, health/medical and life/funeral coverage. The report is available on request for distribution to Swiss Re clients in hard copy only.

Year: 2017 | Type: Publication

US Economic Outlook

The US economy lost 33,000 jobs in September due to the Harvey and Irma huricanes (Maria caused job losses in Puerto Rico, but this is not in the national statistics). Assuming there would have been about a 150,000 job gain without them the huricanes caused about 180,000 job losses. The tabulation could be worse next month, when there will be more information.

Year: 2017 | Type: Publication

sigma 4 2017

sigma 4/2017 Insurance: adding value to development in emerging markets

The standard measure to gauge the development of a country's insurance market is the insurance penetration rate. But premiums expressed as percent of a country's GDP do not help elucidate how, in terms of real-life experience, insurance ownership can help improve the quality of peoples' lives.

Type: Article

sigma 4/2017

sigma 4/2017 - Insurance: adding value to development in emerging markets

The standard measure to gauge the development of a country's insurance market is the insurance penetration rate. But premiums expressed as percent of a country's GDP do not help elucidate how, in terms of real-life experience, insurance ownership can help improve the quality of peoples' lives. The latest sigma reviews recent evidence-based research, which offers more granular insights about the contribution of insurance across a broad range of development metrics. The sigma also addresses local demand and supply-side barriers, such as lack of awareness, institutional factors and behavioural biases that can hinder extension of the reach of insurance to cover more people.

Type: Video

Canada Economic Outlook

Canadian economic data releases continue to surprise on the upside. Overall, real GDP in 2017 is projected to expand by a sturdy 2.9%, up from 1.5% in 2016, before slowing again to (still-above-trend) 1.9% in 2018. Due to the recent faster-than-expected growth, the Bank of Canada (BoC) now sees the output gap closing before year-end 2017, and thus is projected to hike rates one more time this year, most likely in October, followed by three increases next year. However, the uncertainty around the pace and quantity of hikes in 2018 is quite high and depends on the path of inflation in the near term.

Year: 2017 | Type: Publication

China Economic Outlook Quarterly

China had real GDP growth of 6.9% in 2Q17, higher than the market expectation of 6.8%. Growth was supported by strong infrastructure investment, manufacturing production and retail sales.

Year: 2017 | Type: Publication

sigma 3 2017

World insurance in 2016: the China growth engine steams ahead

The global primary insurance market grew solidly in the past year and China made the most significant contribution. Nevertheless, advanced markets remain the biggest in premium volume terms. A feature of the growth of China and other selected markets has been a strong increase in the share of online purchases of insurance. More broadly, however, the pace of development of digital distribution in insurance has varied across different markets and in some, agents and brokers remain dominant, the latest sigma says.

Type: Article

Future.Talk 1 / 2017

Future.Talk 1 / 2017 The Current InsurTech Landscape: Conference summary

What are the new InsurTech business models of the future? The first of 2017's Future Talks by the Institute of Insurance Economics of the University of St. Gallen (I.VW-HSG), in collaboration with the Swiss Re Institute, revealed the findings of their study at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue. The panel was moderated by Prof. Dr. Alexander Braun, member of the executive board of I.VW-HSG.

Type: Conference Summary

IVW The Current InsurTech Landscape - Conference video

IVW The Current InsurTech Landscape: Business Models and Disruptive Potential

How can established insurance companies take on the challenge of new disruptive business models? Is there a way to model the future of InsurTech? Experts from the Institute of Insurance Economics of the University of St. Gallen (I.VW-HSG), in collaboration with the Swiss Re Institute, revealed the findings of their new study at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue.

Type: Video

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