June 27th, 2012

Emerging Markets Trends

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas stories that have referenced (re)insurers doing business in emerging markets.

State of the Reinsurance Market: Deleveraging Cycle, Growth Expectations:  As we bid farewell to a tumultuous 2011 and enter 2012, it is becoming very clear that the (re)insurance sector will remain exposed to profound changes in the global economy. The coming year promises to be one of economic, monetary and political transition.

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Capitalizing on Growth Opportunities in Emerging Markets, Part I:  As (re)insurers are challenged to deliver healthy, accretive returns in maturing and increasingly competitive markets, emerging markets present growth opportunities that may not be found in the United States or Europe. Regulatory challenges, tightening reserve levels and capital requirements, coupled with volatile global economies and a low interest rate environment, are forcing companies to seek non-traditional or emerging growth strategies.

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Capitalizing on Growth Opportunities in Emerging Markets, Part II:  For (re)insurers considering entry into an emerging market, several developments should be monitored in the regions under consideration. Is there a growing need for infrastructure and commercial/industrial insurance for transportation, utilities and agribusiness industries? Is there a prospect for deepening insurance penetration, especially in personal lines, as the population’s disposable income grows? Are income levels growing, allowing the purchase of “middle class” lifestyle products that require insurance? How is longevity increasing and creating new/additional insurance needs?

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Achieving Growth in a Directionless Market:  There is really only one word that adequately describes the state of the (re)insurance market: “adrift.” Profound uncertainties exist at all levels of the economy, the financial markets and the industry itself. Until these are resolved it will be all but impossible to predict with any confidence the (re)insurance market’s next move.

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Guy Carpenter Expands Asia Pacific Team With New Appointments in Singapore and Sydney:  Guy Carpenter announced the expansion of its risk management capabilities in the Asia Pacific region with a number of senior-level appointments.

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