Total Asia Pacific catastrophe limit purchased in 2013 increased for the tenth year in a row, but once again failed to keep pace with strong gross domestic product growth in the region, according to a new report released today by Guy Carpenter.
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With growth opportunities limited in mature markets, many insurers are looking to emerging markets for future expansion, in particular China, Southeast Asia and Central and Latin America. Figure F-10 highlights gross written premium (GWP) growth in emerging markets compared to developed markets from a 2003 base.
Joan Lamm-Tennant, PhD, Global Chief Economist and Risk Strategist, and Stefano Dominedo, Vice President
While markets in some developed countries are demonstrating signs of recovery from the economic uncertainty of the last few years, and the growth in some developing markets is slowing, emerging countries remain attractive for insurance companies seeking opportunities for profitable growth. Latin America is an especially significant emerging region - it is rich in natural resources, geographically close to the United States and all of its governments are democratic. Before entering and engaging in business in this region, it is necessary for companies to be familiar with the economic environment, political situation, regulations, trends and risks that may be encountered.
Richard Booth, Vice Chairman, Guy Carpenter, considers where opportunities for growth might lie in today’s market. Both emerging and mature risks afford such opportunities. “Take catastrophe risk,” he said. “A common view is that this is a saturated commodity market, yet between 1970 and 2012 70 per cent of total global economic losses from natural catastrophes were not insured amounting to US$1.7 trillion. The gap between economic and insured catastrophe losses continues to widen.” He added: “Elsewhere, new risks such as cyber risk, renewable energy, food and water security, urbanization, growing prosperity and longevity to name but a few present opportunities and gaps that can be filled by insurers and reinsurers.”
Here we bring together recent GC Capital Ideas stories focused on the growth opportunities afforded by emerging markets.
In honor of her being awarded Insurance Woman of the Year by the Association of Professional Insurance Women, we highlight Joan Lamm-Tennant’s recent article that appeared on GC Capital Ideas. Joan is Guy Carpenter’s Chief Economist and Risk Strategist.
Here we review recent stories on GC Capital Ideas that covered microinsurance.
While reinsurance premiums remained broadly stable in the established markets of the United States, Canada and Western Europe between 2007 and 2011, strong growth has been recorded in emerging market regions, particularly China, India and other countries in South and East Asia.
Flood risk is poorly modeled at a global level, particularly in developing countries where flooding is a regular occurrence.