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22. Nonlife Insurance Dr. Jan-Juy Lin Dept. of Risk Management and Insurance ETP course, CNCCU Introduction Policies sold by nonlife insurance companies Selected nonlife insurance markets internationally Nonlife insurance issues Discussion Questions

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22. Nonlife Insurance

Dr. Jan-Juy Lin

Dept. of Risk Management and Insurance

ETP course, CNCCU


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Introduction

  • Policies sold by nonlife insurance companies

  • Selected nonlife insurance markets internationally

  • Nonlife insurance issues

  • Discussion Questions



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Classification of Non-life Insurance

  • Based on purchaser

    • Personal lines

    • Commercial lines

  • Based on the Object

    • Property

    • Liability

  • OECD (table 22.1)

  • Taiwan’s ?


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Property Insurance Policies – Common Aspects

  • Nature and property

    • Real (immovable) vs. personal (movable) properties

    • Tangible vs. intangible properties

  • Property losses

    • Direct loss

      • Reductions in property values caused by a loss event

    • Consequential (indirect) losses

      • Reductions in income or increases in expenses that result from direct losses


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Property Insurance Policies – Common Aspects

  • Nature of covered perils

    • Named-peril policy

      • Indemnification to the insured only if the cause of loss is “named as covered”

    • All risks policy – by exclusion

      • Basic form

        • Named-peril coverage for damage

      • Broad form

        • Broader coverage than the basic form

      • Special form

        • All-risks coverage for damage (with exclusion)


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Property Insurance Policies – Common Aspects

  • Nature of indemnification

    • Actual cash value (ACV)

      Replacement cost less depreciation in value

    • Replacement cost (reinstatement value)

      At the time of loss to replace the property with the same kind of like-kind

    • Economic (use value) of property

      Lost of utility associated with damaged property

    • Market value


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Property Insurance Policies – Common Aspects

  • Pricing

    • Characteristics of the covered property, such as construction, occupancy, protection, exposure and location (for Fire Insurance, Public Liability)

    • Scope of insurance requested

    • Limit of insurance along with

      • Deductible, coinsurance, and other optional coverages

      • Different meaning of “coinsurance” Insight 22.1


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Property Insurance Policies – Types

  • Package policies / multi-line policies

    • Cover both direct and indirect property exposures plus

    • financial obligations and

    • legal expenses arising from the insured’s legal liability for injuries to others or damage to their property.

    • eg. Homeowner policy


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Property Insurance Policies – Types

  • Fire insurance

    • Cover 2 perils: fire. Lighting

  • Commercial property insurance

    • For large business, both movable and immovable business property

  • Consequential loss insurance (business income insurance)

    • For specific indirect losses form an insured peril


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Property Insurance Policies – Types

  • Industrial all-risk insurance (special risk insurance)

    • All-risk contracts of high-value movable and immovable properties

  • Contractors’ (builders) all-risk insurance (CAR)

    • For damage during the course of construction

  • Boiler and machinery

    • For the direct physical losses from an explosion


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Property Insurance Policies – Types

  • Fidelity/crime insurance – for employee dishonesty & Criminal acts

    • Fidelity bond/ insurance

    • Computer fraud insurance

    • Employee dishonesty

    • Extortion

    • Forgery or alteration

    • Theft and robbery


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Property Insurance Policies – Types

  • Insurance for self-propelled property

    • Insurance for motor vehicles – covering the direct loss of or damage to their vessels

    • Insurance for ships – when the term “marine insurance” is used, the policy provides both hull insurance and insurance on the vessel’s cargo.

    • Insurance for aircraft – for damage to the aircraft, its equipment, its cargo


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Property Insurance Policies – Types

  • Insurance for property being transported

    • Cargo insurance – from the departure to the final destination (international trade, risk of cargo)

    • Insurance for transportable property – including items worn, carried from place to place, temporarily removed


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Liability Insurance Policies

  • General (public) liability insurance

    • All-risks coverage for individuals and organizations for their tortuous actions

    • NCCU campus need one?

  • Automobile (motor) liability insurance

    • Cover insureds’ legal liability to third party

    • CALI v. voluntary insurance

  • Product liability insurance

    • Pay claims on behalf of the insured made by third party (desperately needed in China)


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Package Insurance Policies

  • Workers’ compensation insurance

    • Employer’s liability insurance

    • Civil law, Labor law, others?

  • Professional liability insurance

    • Errors and omissions insurance

    • Doctor, D&O, Lawyers, Engineers

  • Homeowner's (householder’s) insurance

    • Commonly cover loss of or damage to the residence and its contents, consequential expenses while the property is being repaired


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Package Insurance Policies

  • Business owner’s insurance

    • Commonly cover loss of or damage to the business premises and its contents, consequential expenses following a direct property loss

  • Commercial multi-peril insurance

    • Covering both the property and general liability loss exposures of large business



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The Americas – the U.S.

  • The importance of understanding the U.S. market

    • It has been the world’s largest nonlife market for decades.

    • It remains highly competitive

      • Encourages experimentation in product development, methods of distribution and general business practices

    • The size and complexity of many U.S. risks demand the capacity and expertise of the global insurance and reinsurance markets.


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The Americas – the U.S.

  • Features

    • Ranks second in per capita expenditures and first on premiums as a percentage of GDP

      • The U.S. per capita spending for privatehealth insurance the world’s highest

      • U.S. businesses and families spend more on liability insurance than do the citizens of any other country


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The Americas – the U.S.

  • Features (continued)

    • A fast growth in recent years, especially after September 2001

    • A market prone to natural catastrophic losses

    • More than 2,500 nonlife insurance companies compete.

      • About 800 or so insurers are independent.


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The Americas – the U.S.

  • Products and distributions

    • Virtually any type of non-life insurance is available.

    • Insurers use multiple distribution channels to reach their customers.

    • Brokers also figure prominently in the market.



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The Americas – the U.S.

  • Issues

    • State regulation

      • Stated based, with differences in each of the regulatory jurisdictions.

      • The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) strives toward uniformity in regulation.

      • Major issue – rate regulation (deregulated is key?) (Justification of rate control)


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The Americas – the U.S.

  • Issues

    • Market consolidation

      • A large number of relatively small insurers

    • Loss reserve adequacy

      • A lack of precision in their establishing loss reserves

    • Impact of catastrophes

      • Significantly affected by natural catastrophes


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The Americas – Canada

  • Features

    • Shares some similarities with the U.S. market

    • As noted earlier, Canada maintains a dual regulatory system.

      • Nonlife insurance accounts for 36% of the Canadian insurance market.


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The Americas – Canada

  • Products and distributions

    • The agency form of distribution dominates the Canadian non-life insurance market.

  • Issues

    • The government continues to regulate rating of automobile insurance premiums.


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The Americas – Latin America

  • Features

    • Two groups

      • The Caribbean (developed insurance markets)

      • Other countries (including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela)

    • A high growth potential

    • Many Latin American governments have privatized insurers and opened their markets to foreign interests.


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The Americas – Latin America

  • Products and distributions

    • Traditional intermediaries (brokers and agents) and employees of insurance companies dominate the markets

    • Bancassurance introduced in selected countries


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The Americas – Latin America

  • Issues

    • Economic crisis – led to the collapse of several non-life insurers

    • Many Latin American insurers have comparatively high expenses, making their products less attractive.

    • With increasing bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and more regional arrangements, future competition promises to be even more vigorous.


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Europe

  • Features

    • Consists of big three markets – Germany, the U.K. and France

    • Rich history and tradition that are reflected in the markets

    • Gained more attention globally with the creation of a single E.U. market

    • Bancassurance primarily in life insurance


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Europe – Germany

  • Features

    • The world’s second largest nonlife insurance market

    • Creation of Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority or BaFin) in 2002

  • Issues

    • Coping with the E.U. single market policy


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Europe – Germany

  • Products and distributions

    • Workers’ compensation as part of the government’s social insurance program

    • Distribution dominated by exclusive agents

    • Guaranteed renewal features common in many non-life insurance contracts


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Europe – the U.K.

  • Features

    • Insurers generate business from accepting domestic risks and overseas risks. (insurance export)

    • See Table 22.3

    • The world’s third largest nonlife insurance market

    • 886 insurers including 50 composite insurers

    • Foreign-owned companies generated about 40 percent of premiums written



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The London Market

  • An international insurance center

    • Specializes in large accounts and target risks such as MAT and hard-to-place business

    • Comprises insurance and reinsurance companies and Lloyd’s syndicates

    • It is a subscription marketin that the coverage needs are often satisfied by a group of insurers or reinsurers on a collective basis.

      • Insurance brokers play a crucial role.


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Lloyd’s of London

  • A marketplace for 64 syndicates

    • Names

    • Underwriting members

    • Generated about one-half of their business from direct insurance for risks situated mainly in North America and Europe

  • Reconstructed to regain reputation and financial strength

    • Adding limited liability corporate and individual members

    • Creation of Equitas to manage run-off nonlife liability business


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FRANCHISOR

Lloyd’s of London

MEMBERS

Corporate groups

Private individuals (unlimited liabilities)

Private individuals (limited liabilities)

Lloyd’s Brokers

FRANCHISEE

Managing agentsSyndicates

CLIENTS

Commercial

Personal

Member’s agents

Service Companies

Capital Flow

Business Flow

Insurance Transactions at Lloyd’s (Figure 22.1)

Source: Lloyd’s of London [www.Lloyds.com]


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Europe – France

  • Features

    • The fifth largest nonlife insurance market globally

    • 470 insurers, including AXA and Groupama

  • Products and distributions

    • Company employees and agents dominate.

      • Brokers still strong in commercial business

    • Bancassurance not as successful as in life business


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Asia-Pacific

  • Features

    • Countries in various economic development stages

      • Middle East probably with least developed insurance markets

    • China and India continue to grow

    • The potential impact of WTO agreements in several countries


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Asia-Pacific – Japan

  • Features

    • The world’s fourth largest nonlife insurance market

    • Non-life insurance density ranks 20th worldwide

    • The local market is heavily skewed toward the life business


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Asia-Pacific – Japan

  • Products and distributions

    • Compulsory automobile liability insurance (CALI) and voluntary automobile insurance account for more than 50% of the non-life insurance business.  Table 22.4

    • Offer maturity-refund policies, which get less popular mainly due to the higher cost as compared to non-refund policies

    • The agency system generates 90% of direct premiums.

    • Brokerage systems emerge with a small size.



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Asia-Pacific – Japan

  • Issues

    • Reforms in the financial services market

      • Discussed in the life insurance chapter

    • Competition in the third sector

    • Dominance of a few local companies which have become bigger through a series of mergers and acquisitions

      • Figure 22.2

    • Management of catastrophic loss exposures

      • Earthquakes and earthquake insurance


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October 2001

Mitsui Sumitomo Marine & Fire

Sumitomo Marine & Fire

Mitsui Marine & Fire

April 2002

Millea Holdings

Nichido Fire & Marine

Tokyo Marine & Fire

October 2004

Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire

July 2002

Sompo Japan Insurance

Nissan Fire & Marine

Yasuda Fire & Marine

December 2002

April 2002

Taisei Fire & Marine

Dai-ichi P &C

April 2005

Meiji Yasuda Life General

Yasuda Life General

Meiji General

Mergers of Insurance Firms in Japan (Figure 22.2)

Source: Japan General Insurance Association (2005)


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Asia-Pacific – China

  • Features

    • A communist party, socialist state

    • PICC and its five subsidiaries are state-owned

    • The nonlife insurance market grew an average at 10.8% per annum between 1993 and 2003

    • But, still with low consumption and market penetration ratios


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Asia-Pacific – China

  • Products and distributions

    • New products are being added

    • Depend heavily on agents for distribution

    • Q: What a non-life product must be available in terms of international trade in China?

  • Issues

    • Continuous market reforms

    • Full compliance with the WTO accession agreement

    • Transparency


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Asia-Pacific – India

  • Features

    • The world’s 27th largest for 2005

    • Low insurance penetration and consumption

    • The market opened in 1999 following the creation of the IRDA

    • Public insurers dominate


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Asia-Pacific – India

  • Products and distributions

    • New products being added

  • Issues

    • Restriction on foreign ownership of local insurance companies

    • Stringent investment regulation


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Asia-Pacific – Australia

  • Features

    • The world’s 10th largest

    • A sophisticated nonlife market composed of 112 insurers and 21 reinsurers

    • Insurance business locally and from overseas

  • Products and distributions

    • Domestic motor vehicle insurance holds the largest share


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Africa

  • Features

    • Extremely low insurance consumption and penetration (exception: South Africa)

    • Northern Africa relatively active

  • Products and distributions

    • Minimum in most countries

    • Islamic insurance increasingly available in Northern Africa


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Africa

  • Issues

    • Numerous economic, social and political problems in multiple parts of the continent

    • Catastrophes – earthquakes, floods, draughts and cyclones

    • Compulsory reinsurance cession to state-owned reinsurers, African Re or both



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Nonlife Insurance Issues

  • Liberalization and deregulation

    • Competition is increasing worldwide in both developing and developed markets

    • Increased competition enhances social welfare, and is best achieved by liberty, open, and appropriately supervised markets.

    • Many developing nations are encountering the challenge – from closed and strictly regulated markets to new market deregulation


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Non-life Insurance Issues

  • Coping with catastrophes

    • Developing countries – depending greatly on catastrophe reinsurance

    • Developed countries – the financial consequences of catastrophes

  • Solvency

    • Some insurance lines are highly volatile and notoriously difficult to price

    • Insolvency becomes a more critical issue in open and competitive markets for regulators



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Discussion Question 1

  • This chapter discussed several key issues that affect nonlife insurance operations on a global basis.

  • How do these issues interact with each other and how could they affect the way that corporations manage their risks?


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Discussion Question 2

  • Compare the nonlife liability insurance markets in developed countries and developing countries with respect to the following:

    • Types of insurance products

    • Growth rates

    • Regulatory environments


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Discussion Question 3

  • Distribution systems are a key component of any nonlife insurance market.

    • Compare the distribution systems used in two countries of your choice or in the U.S. with those of Japan.

    • In your opinion, will nonlife insurance be transacted using the “information highway”?


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Discussion Question 4

  • Privatization and deregulation are “mega-trends” in many of the nonlife insurance markets in the developing world.

  • Discuss the challenges facing insurance executives of established domestic insurers in those markets.


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