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“If the regulators aren’t with you, expect insurance innovation to take longer and cost more.” This comment surfaces repeatedly in Celent’s research. We believe this is true and have seen this occur in the past (credit scoring, predictive analytics, telematics). In order to address this issue, we at Celent have begun to proactively engage regulators […]

Nov 24th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

AM Best came out today with a revision for the reinsurance sector from stable to negative as the reinsurance market continues to soften. When it comes to reinsurance, it’s been a buyers’ market. Competition in the global reinsurance industry is fierce as there is significant excess capacity. Reinsurers have experienced lower than anticipated cat losses […]

Aug 20th, 2014 | Filed under IT, Market Trends, Strategy

The following text was published today in Inter-American Dialogue’s Financial Services Advisor under the title: “What is driving the insurance market in Latin America?” I provided my view to FSA in advance, and now that it is out there I thought it made sense to share it with you through our blog. Growth continues to […]

Mar 18th, 2014 | Filed under Emerging Markets, Insurance, Market Trends, Regulation

The Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office released its report on federal insurance regulation (http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2245.aspx). As predicted in the Celent Boardroom Series Report issued on August 10, 2009, the report calls for a “hybrid model” of regulation, or as Celent described it, a coordinated effort between the states and the federal government.  (Celent subscribers can access the […]

Dec 13th, 2013 | Filed under Insurance

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced yesterday that they have brought charges against a broker dealer for offering fictitious securities for sale on social sites. There are several good messages involved with this announcement. First, the person charged was caught before completing a sale. There is no more proactive protection than that. Second, this […]

Jan 6th, 2012 | Filed under Insurance

We are now in the final stages of our report on the opportunities and challenges facing the Life & Pensions industry resulting from the UK’s Retail Distribution Review (RDR – see my June blog entry ) and will publish shortly. In total, we have conducted 22 interviews from across both the industry and technology partners […]

Oct 26th, 2011 | Filed under Insurance, Market Trends, Regulation, Strategy

Getting back to December 2008, I wrote a blog post mentioning that Solvency II was under threat and that we could expect some more delays of its effective implementation. Last week the FSA in the UK announced that it is likely that the effective date of the new regulation implementation will have to be delayed […]

Oct 10th, 2011 | Filed under Insurance, Regulation

With less than 400 working days to go until ‘go live’ for the UK Retail Distribution Review, many Life and Pensions companies are deep in the middle of planning their implementation. Due to start on 31st December 2012, this legislation will introduce major changes to the way that new long-term savings and investment products are […]

Jun 27th, 2011 | Filed under Insurance, IT, Regulation

The much feared UK emergency budget speech was made yesterday, and amongst a raft of changes impacting every corner of the British society was an increase in the tax on insurance purchases. The rate is to increase to 6%. A new peculiarity to this system is that tax on insurance sales will rise to 17.5% […]

Jun 23rd, 2010 | Filed under Insurance, Regulation, Vendors

The British property insurance market is a sizable one, and is the second largest sector in general insurance, after motor, with a reported premium of £12.1 billion in 2008. In the last five years, claims and expenses for the sector have risen by 22%, while premium (commercial, household, and domestic) has only grown by 15%. […]

Jan 18th, 2010 | Filed under Insurance, Market Trends