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  • 6 Dec 2016
    • Global life insurance sector will continue to contend with low rates and high market volatility in 2017
      Persistently low interest rates, rising financial markets volatility and legislative changes have moved the outlook on the global life insurance sector to negative from stable. Despite the post-US election bump in yields, historically low interest rates continue to depress investment returns and profitability, pushing insurers to take greater asset risks. Elevated geopolitical risks in 2017 are likely to drive financial markets volatility, while multiple legislative changes would disrupt sales. M&A will continue in 2017... Full Report
  • 5 Dec 2016
    • Japan life insurance industry outlook changes to negative from stable
      The change in outlook reflects our expectation that the industry's credit profile over the next 12-18 months will be pressured by persistent ultralow interest rates, following the introduction of a negative interest rate policy by the Bank of Japan in February 2016. The consequent downward revision of return assumptions for new investments could trigger significant adjustments in business and product strategies that could in turn hurt the insurers' sales and strain their underwriting and sales capacity... Press Release l Full Report
  • 15 Nov 2016
    • US life insurance industry outlook changed to negative from stable
      The outlook change reflects weaker prospects for profitability given the dual challenges of low interest rates and increased regulatory requirements. The need to invest in digital technology will also increasingly differentiate winners from losers across the industry... Full Report
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