The key data still suggests that both the life and non life sectors are growing at a fairly sluggish rate and that by most metrics the industry remains underdeveloped in 2014. There are a few key reasons preventing both of these sectors to grow at a faster rate, firstly there is an apparent underlying disinterest in insurance in New Zealand which is reflected in the fairly low market penetration in both the life and non life sectors, compared to other more developed regional peers.
Other issues contributing to the lack of growth in the industry include rising prices and reinsurance costs which have the potential to decrease growth in the future. All of this is in the context of an economy which itself is going through a period of slow growth and economic activity does not bode well for the future.
- South African insurer Youi officially launches in NZ targeting the IAG dominated car, home and contents insurance markets
- Life companies are increasingly reliant on non insurance portion of the business such as KiwiSaver or other wealth management offerings.
- The cost of reinsurance looks like it will continue to rise in the future as companies react to residual affects of 2011 Christchurch earthquake and adverse weather...
The New Zealand Insurance Report has been researched at source and features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent assessment and forecasts for the insurance sector. It examines industry developments, key growth drivers and risk management projections, including the macroeconomic situation, government policy, regulatory environment and the level of development and potential for growth, broken down by line. Leading insurers are profiled, covering premiums, products and services and competitive positioning.
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Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts and views, covering the Life and Non-Life segments, the evolving competitive landscape and business operational risks.Industry SWOT Analysis
Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the insurance sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.Regional Outlook
Individual analysis of both Life and Non-Life insurance sector developments and prospects across developed states and emerging markets - supported by BMI's global industry growth forecasts. This is followed by an in-depth evaluation of region- and country-specific trends, focusing on BMI's country-by-country market growth data.Business Environment Rankings
BMI's Insurance Business Environment Rankings provide a country-comparative Risk-Reward Rankings index aimed at investors (Life and Non-Life) in the insurance market.
The rankings methodology makes sophisticated use of over 40 industry, economic and demographic data points and is part of BMI's integrated Country Risk-Industry Rankings products.BMI Industry Forecasts
Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for key industry and economic indicators (see list below) supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:
Premiums: Total (US$mn), growth (% y-o-y), penetration (% of GDP), density (US$ per capita) for Life and Non-Life sectors, and total premiums.
Life: Data on gross written premiums for all major non-life segments (e.g. motor, fire, work).
Non-life: Data on gross written premiums for all major life segments (e.g. life, retirement).
Economic: Nominal GDP (US$bn), real GDP growth (%), GDP per capita (US$), population (mn), unemployment (%), exchange rate (against US$).Competitive Landscape & Rankings
Illustration of the insurance industry via rankings tables comparing gross written premiums by company (US$mn) and market share (%). This chapter also includes in-depth regional analysis of the market position, business strategies and investment potential of the leading insurance companies.Company Profiles
Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI's industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.
Both the life and non-life segments of New Zealand's insurance industry continue to produce results which do not inspire much confidence for the future. In terms of the life markets premium growth remains fairly flat although profits have been driven by non-insurance based activity. In terms of the non-life market there is still adverse ripple effects being felt from 2011 Christchurch/Canterbury earthquakes and 2013 weather effects which pushed up reinsurance costs. In both life and non-life markets the poor results stimulated a number of changes in the competitive environment including a number of large scale acquisitions in which larger firms aim to achieve greater economies of scale in the long run .