PICC Property & Casualty says auto insurance in China may boost profits

According to PICC Property & Casualty, the decision made by China to permit foreign insurance companies to sell mandatory auto insurance might help the local insurers to make base rate government changes for those policies. The board secretary in Beijing for this largest non-life insurance in the country, Zhang Xiaoli, said that the result of bringing in compulsory vehicle coverage with third-party liability will be “quite limited” for the countries based in the country. He explained that insurance companies from other countries probably won’t “launch any big offensive” because they…

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Current Chinese insurance and reinsurance marketplace influx

There have been many changes to the Chinese insurance marketplace over the last few months, with the introduction of foreign insurers as well as the recent increases in the premiums for property and casualty insurance. Aon Benfield has just announced that those premiums had risen to $6.5 billion in 2011, which was a 67 percent increase over those in 2005. Furthermore, it has been forecasted that this growth will continue to rise as the China Insurance Regulatory Commission places its focus on premium increases and policies that will form a…

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China State Council may discuss allowing foreign auto insurance companies into the country

Since 2009, China has been able to boast a profit in its auto insurance sector, as it experienced a tightening on the regulation of price controls that turned it around after years of losses within the insurance industry as a whole, as 70 percent of its profits were from that sector. Now, China’s State Council is thinking about taking things a step further, with the consideration of a plan that would permit some foreign insurers to sell their own liability policies for the first time within the country, increasing the…

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Italian insurance market looks healthy, attracts foreign investors and insurers

Despite the growing economic crisis in Italy, the nation’s auto insurance industry is showing promising signs of expansion. The industry is beginning to attract the attention of foreign insurers, consumers, and independent agents due largely to its strong presence on the Internet. Insurance sold through banks in Italy is also on the rise, imbuing the industry with tentative hope for future growth and solvency. According to the Institute for the Supervision of Insurance (ISVAP), one of Italy’s regulatory authorities, online sales of auto insurance rose by 7% in the first…

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Vietnam opens its doors to foreign insurers

Vietnam is opening the doors to its insurance industry, inviting foreign insurers to set up shop and do business within the country. The move comes as government officials begin to make significant changes to the country’s regulatory framework. Vietnam is home to one of the most rapidly growing insurance markets in the world and the rate of growth has only increased in recent years. A.M. Best Company, a renowned rating agency for the world’s insurance industry, expects that the demand for insurance will soar as the nation continues to develop…

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