May 27, 2018

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KSA: The Price of Restructuring

After the bumper increase in net earnings in 2016 in the insurance industry of Saudi Arabia, S&P finds that companies have seen a decline in profits this year. A Premium report. With all listed insurers in Saudi Arabia having published their preliminary year-end 2017 financial reports, S&P Global Ratings calculates...

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An Opportunity for Life Insurance

Social protection for low-income groups is an attractive segment for the life insurance industry. It is yet untapped due to lack of knowledge and access to coverage, according to a Democrance report. Low-income migrant workers in the UAE view life insurance as a most vital type of social protection, and...

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Wins or Losses?

CFO’s outlook to the challenges, opportunities and threat for the following year, surveyed by Moody’s. A Premium report. Moody’s 2018 survey of 12 CFOs from the region’s leading insurers have discussed challenges, threats and opportunities in the insurance industry. The survey results have stated that profitability ceases to be a...

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Economies of Scale

Insurers will need to use their resources more efficiently and consequently adjust their investment exposures, underwriting policies, and internal controls to stay stable in 2018, states S&P. Despite ongoing regulatory and competitive challenges in the insurance sector in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, S&P Global Ratings (S&P) anticipates that...

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Survival of the Fittest

Insurers with more robust balance sheets, rationalised dividend policies, preferential access to business and geographic expansion are in a better position to withstand current operating pressures, states A.M. Best in its latest report. A.M. Best has a negative outlook on the insurance markets of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Insurers...

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The Silver Lining

The MENA (re)insurance environment is still attractive in spite of challenging operating conditions, according to A.M. Best’s latest report. Against the backdrop of ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), political, financial, and economic risks for (re)insurers operating in the region remain elevated. This situation is exacerbated by...

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In a World of Increasing Risk

What are the main risks for the world at the moment? The Global Risks Report 2018 publishes some perceptions based on their annual survey. A Premium report. Caution, resilience and added emphasis on risk management and foresight are the watchwords of The Global Risks Report 2018 published by the World...

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Life gets a New Look

Swiss Re’s Sigma study on life insurance yields many strategies that organisations can employ in order to enhance long-term profitability. A Premium report. Life insurance has been at the receiving end of many regulations and draft rules that have been recently introduced by the regulators. Swiss Re’s latest sigma study...

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UAE, Oman, KSA on a Rapid Growth Trail

Alpen Capital’s latest report on the GCC insurance sector highlights growth potential for the region. A Premium report. Alpen Capital, an investment banking advisory firm, announced the publication of its report on the GCC Insurance Industry. The report showcases the current state of the insurance industry across the GCC nations...

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Impacted From All Sides

Economic sanctions forced the country to diversify its own local markets making Iran’s insurance industry a resilient one. A Premium report. In the year 1979, Iran faced economic sanctions imposed by the US which was then extended in various stages till 2016. With the sanctions lifted and the Joint Comprehensive...

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