New Financial Services research report from Business Monitor International is now available from Fast Market Research
Boston, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/15/2013 -- Key Insights And Key Risks
The Hong Kong Insurance Report considers the prospects for life and non-life insurers in the special administrative region (SAR). As of late 2012, developments in the industry highlight Hong Kong's position as a large, rapidly growing and dynamic market for non-life and life insurance. The coming months will likely include the establishment of the new Independent Insurance Authority, as the successor to the Office of the Commissioner for Insurance (OCI). Other protagonists include the local subsidiaries of many of the world's leading (re) insurance companies. Although they differ widely in their areas of interest and business models, almost all of them are able to achieve substantial economies of scale in their operations across the Asia Pacific region as a whole.
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In the non-life segment, growth is being driven by: the economic expansion of China, for which Hong Kong is a crucial services centre; the general development of the Asia Pacific region; pricing discipline in what is quite a fragmented market; new regulations, such as those that require apartment block owners' corporations to take out liability cover; and initiatives carried out by particular companies. In relation to the latter, marine insurers, for instance, are looking for new opportunities from the further development of Hong Kong as a trading port. Health insurance premiums are being boosted by demographics given that the population is ageing. A key development in the last year or so has been the purchase in early March 2012 of the Hong Kong non-life insurance operations of HSBC Insurance and Hang Seng Insurance by AXA and QBE, respectively. Both of these insurers will benefit from long-term bancassurance deals with HSBC and Hang Seng. AXA is now the largest player in the Special Administrative Region's non-life segment, with a low double-digit market share.
Bancassurance is also a major theme in the SAR's life segment, and has contributed to the ongoing growth of premiums through H112 - even as unit-linked product sales have fallen sharply (as a result of volatility in global markets). Yuan-denominated life products and sales of life insurance to mainland Chinese visitors continue to grow in importance. A key development in October 2012 was the sale of ING's insurance operations in Hong Kong (and Macau and Thailand) to Richard Li's Pacific Century Group (PCG). ING had previously sold its businesses in Malaysia to Hong Kong-based regional giant AIA.
Over the last quarter, BMI has made the following changes:
- Company profiles have been comprehensively rewritten and in many cases include comments released in August in relation to developments in Q312.
- The latest forecasts and projections for Hong Kong's economy, along with key aspects such as healthcare spending, have been incorporated into our analysis.
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