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Global Trends 1H 2017: Upside Potential

Key Highlights

External influencers: mixed macroeconomic signals

  • Uptick in global growth and rebound in employment levels, if
    sustained, will have favorable implications for the sector.
  • As central banks turn cautious, bond yield improvements are likely to slow in the near term, implying limited investment yield upside for insurers.

Sector trends: hurricanes to set course

  • Supported by a strong bull run, global insurance stocks continued
    to rise as several large insurers saw improved investment and
    underwriting results.
  • Pick-up in long-term buy recommendations for U.K. and E.U. insurers reflect improved analyst expectations.
  • Natural catastrophe (NatCat) losses: Active hurricane season is
    expected to halt the relatively benign period of losses and limit
    further pricing weakness that has persisted after 2012.

See also: Insurance Technology Trends in ’17, Beyond  

Tech disruption: blockchain rising

  • Addressing the evolving nature of risk through innovation is a key
    imperative for insurers.
  • Blockchain has now progressed beyond pilot stage, with early
    adopters looking to gain significant advantages.
  • EY has taken a strong lead in helping insurers create a blockchain-based new-age information infrastructure.

Regulatory landscape: insurers prepare for impact

  • Insurers need to initiate implementation plans to
    effectively address the changes introduced by the new accounting regulations (including IFRS17 Insurance Contracts).
  • General Data Protection Regulation (May 2018): With more than
    half of the two-year post-adoption grace period now over,
    insurers will have to act fast to address the impending challenges.

You can find the full EY report here.