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  • Global insurance review 2017 and outlook 2018 /19

    Global growth prospects continued to improve during 2017 and a recession next year is unlikely. Even so, only moderate growth is expected this year, with real gross domestic product (GDP) estimated to increase by slightly more than 2% in the US and Euro area, by about 1.5% in the UK, and by 6.8% in China.

  • Comprehensive small and micro-enterprise policy

    The majority of small and micro-enterprises (SMiEs) do not buy insurance in Chile. Only a few products are offered in Chile, mainly focusing on larger SMiEs, and uptake remains low. This new product has the potential to be more successful because it is simple and offers a broad scope of cover. It can be marketed through a distribution channel that caters for small and micro-enterprise development, such as a bank.

  • Typhoon parametric insurance in China

    The majority of small and micro-enterprises (SMiEs) do not buy insurance in Chile. Only a few products are offered in Chile, mainly focusing on larger SMiEs, and uptake remains low. This new product has the potential to be more successful because it is simple and offers a broad scope of cover. It can be marketed through a distribution channel that caters for small and micro-enterprise development, such as a bank.

  • Global Economic Outlook

    US employment rebounded, up 261,000, in October after a weak hurricane-induced September report. Despite the hurricanes, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose 3% in 3Q17, led by a rise in inventories, vehicle sales and net exports. As a result, the Fed is still expected to hike rates in December. The President has chosen Jerome Powell as the Fed chair, a current governor on the Fed Board and as such a source of continuity in the Fed's policymaking. The Administration's tax proposals are now being modified by Congress.

  • US Economic Outlook

    The economy added 261,000 jobs in October as leisure and hospitality jobs recovered from the Harvey and Irma hurricanes. Despite the hurricanes, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose 3% in 3Q17, led by a rise in inventories and vehicle sales after the hurricanes, plus higher net exports.

  • The Australian commercial insurance market

    Australia’s commercial insurance market is the ninth largest in the world, with total premiums of USD 12 billion in 2016. However, penetration (premiums as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP)) is still low relative to other advanced markets. For example, commercial insurance penetration was 0.9% in 2016, compared to 1.6% in the US and 2.4% in the UK.

  • The health insurance frontier in India

    Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes are on the rise in India. The major drivers behind rising incidence rates are primarily demographic and lifestyle changes. These critical illnesses (CI) are a burden for the Indian population. Being diagnosed with a severe illness puts heavy financial strains on individuals and their families, especially those who are uninsured. Insurers play an important role in raising awareness of existing protection gaps and in helping society to close them. This study demonstrates an approach for deeper insights into the drivers behind consumers' preferences and product choices for CI insurance in India. It focuses on what creates value for consumers and how much they are willing to pay to close their CI protection gap.

  • US Property & Casualty Quarterly

    The US P&C industry's profitability deteriorated year-on-year in 1H17. Underwriting losses increased to USD 3.5 billion, from USD 0.9 billion in 1H16, mainly driven by higher catastrophe losses in 1H17.

  • China Economic Outlook Quarterly

    China's economic growth slowed slightly to 6.8% in 3Q17 from 6.9% in previous quarter, as fixed asset investment slowed. On the other hand, domestic consumption and external demand bolstered growth in the quarter.

  • 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.

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