AON Asia Market Review 2016February 18 2016
Last year saw continued pricing pressures across most classes and a challenging investment environment that forced underwriters to focus on improving underwriting performance.
While both insurance and reinsurance markets continue to be very competitive, there is a growing recognition that continued reduction in rates and broadening of terms and conditions is not sustainable in the medium term, particularly in the current economic environment. However, market capacity generally remains plentiful.
Another relatively benign year saw very few significant insurable losses despite some regional and global insurers sustaining large losses, such as the Tianjin China port explosion. However, this seemingly had little effect on the local Chinese market or the region as a whole. Coupled with more than adequate capacity in the region, the current competitive environment appears very sustainable.
Whether the recent El Niño effect causes any change of note during 2016 remains to be seen; and how the industry deals with fast-emerging risks continues to be a challenge for the market. Where emerging risk is concerned, the more data and analytics that can be brought to bear is of immense importance to all involved.
- August 20
The move comes as the broking group's MGA division acquires AIG's HNW home and contents portfolio.
- July 2
The Asia chief executive discusses Covid-19, going digital and restructuring.
- April 10
Climate change, increased urbanisation and a growing concentration of assets were on the risk agenda for 2018.
- March 19
Economic uncertainty, more complex risks and tighter underwriting are all influencing Asia's markets.
With power demand soaring and coal placements declining, fossil fuel plants and insurers must work in tandem to accelerate decarbonisation and ensure the region’s resilience.
Climate modelling and risk engineering expertise can help with risk mitigation and insurance affordability.
Embedded insurance is more than just a tick in the box, it calls for a hands-on approach involving thoughtful consideration of customer value.
Multiple positive growth drivers underpin optimism about the insurance outlook of the region.