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- What is the business?
The insurance business consists of investing collected premiums to make a profit. Insurers reimburse policy holders once a loss is incurred or once a policy matures. The present report focuses on non-life insurance activities, including health lines and property and casualty businesses in Europe. Non-life insurance (sometimes referred to as general insurance) covers a broad array of policies, ranging from automobile and home insurance to private health, travel and personal accident insurance. Additionally, insurers provide a wide choice of specialised policies for corporations. […]
- What are the main markets and who are the key players?
The geographical scope of the report is limited to Europe, the industry's largest profit pool, as competition in the insurance sector takes place predominantly at a regional/continental level, with only a handful of players (e.g. AXA, Allianz, Chubb, Mapfre) conducting global operations. Even so, global insurers do not compete directly in each regional market, taking on regional/local players instead. For instance, while both Mapfre and Chubb are leading insurers in Europe, outside Europe, Mapfre is the leading property/casualty insurer in Latin America, a market where its main rivals are Brazil's Porto Seguro and Puerto Rico-based Triple-S, while Chubb's stronghold is the North American corporate channel. [...]
- How intense is competition?
Leading non-life insurers draw a significant part of their turnover from individual motor, property and health, and to a lesser extent commercial, markets. Differentiation is limited, whether in motor, home or commercial lines, and competition is thus strong. A depressed economic context in Europe has further exacerbated price pressure, with motor and property insurance low-margin, high volume businesses. Companies invest significant amounts to attract and retain clients through brand image and marketing communications. [...]