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Swiss Re’s insurance outlook for 2015 sees growth opportunities for insurers in a difficult environment

The global economy is expected to strengthen modestly next year, according to Swiss Re’s latest publication, “Global insurance review 2014 and outlook 2015/16”. Non-life insurance premiums are expected to grow 2.8% in 2015, supported by strong economic activity in emerging markets. The life insurance sector will be notably stronger in both the advanced and emerging markets, and global in-force premiums are forecast to increase by 4.8% this year and by around 4% in 2015 and 2016. The low yield environment remains a profitability challenge, in particular for life insurers.

  • Global economy to strengthen moderately in 2015 but prospects for different regions are mixed
  • Long-term investments will continue to be a challenge despite growth and rising interest rates
  • Real non-life premiums forecast to rise by 1.4% in the advanced markets in 2015; growth in emerging markets to recover to 8%
  • Global life premium growth expected at 4% in 2015
  • Property catastrophe reinsurance rates will likely remain under pressure at the 2015 renewals; thereafter decreases are expected to slow
  • Aviation rates are increasing; in other segments, differences by market exist



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