Thailand Insurance Report Q2 2013
Published by Business Monitor International
on Mar 21, 2013
, 109 pages
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Key Insights And Key Risks
The Thailand Insurance Report considers the prospects for both life and non-life insurers in the country. BMI continues to rate Thailand as a medium-sized, but rapidly growing insurance market that is undergoing transition. Both segments are rising at double-digit rates. In the life segment, the increase in business is coming - as far as we can see - from the wealthiest 24% of the population that already use life insurance. Over the last year or so, we have highlighted initiatives from the major companies such as: the development of new products; expanded agency networks; increases to agent productivity; bancassurance deals, and the development of direct sales and other distribution channels. In short, life insurance is developing further as an important conduit for those households who can afford it. The major life companies responded very well to the challenges posed by the floods in late 2011. They took a flexible approach with customers, whose ability to pay premiums was temporarily compromised by the disruption. In the meantime, the revised mortality tables mean that life insurance customers will probably enjoy a reduction in rates and premiums over the next year or so.
As of early 2013, it is clear that floods of 2011 have had a profound impact on the non-life segment. Substantial hikes in reinsurance costs have been passed on to customers by way of across-the-board, and large rises, in prices and rates in all lines (including motor, which accounts for about half of all premiums written). Some of the non-life insurers' corporate customers have clearly had problems in paying for flood cover, if they have been able to get it at all, in 2012. However, the non-life segment as a whole has been boosted by Thailand's economic recovery in the wake of the floods. Non-life penetration has clearly shifted upwards, having been kept down by the competitive pressures of a fragmented segment for years.