Aon: Demand for International Insurance Programmes Grow as Asia Pacific Businesses Expand Beyond Local Borders
SINGAPORE (23 February 2023)
– Aon plc
(NYSE: AON), a leading global professional services firm, has published the Q4 2022 Global Market Insights Report
, which provides insights on risk and insurance market trends around the world, powered by industry-leading data and analytics. The insights from this qualitative study aim to help insurers and businesses assess the macro events that impacted the insurance market in the last quarter of 2022 and trends to watch this year.
The report revealed that insurers in Asia Pacific continued to focus on profitable growth and retention. While increasing claims pressured premium pricing, increasing investment income served to ease the pressure on underwriting profit. Demand for international insurance programmes grew as businesses in the region continued to expand beyond local geographic borders, even as insurers were selective of underwriting policies and valuations remained under scrutiny.
Climate risk continues to play a significant role in underwriting and insurance. Parts of the region that are susceptible to natural catastrophe events such as heavy rainfall, typhoons and drought experienced challenging market conditions. Natural catastrophe events continued to drive large losses and pressure market conditions for property insurance. Changes to the reinsurance market, including higher costs and retentions, and some coverage restrictions, will drive rate increases for both local and international insurers. Underwriters sought to impose sub-limits and increase deductibles for insuring property against catastrophe risks.
Owen Belman, chief executive officer for Asia at Aon, said: “Traditional and newer forms of volatility are exposing organisations to risks that impact their employees, clients and businesses. We must therefore prepare for the risks of tomorrow, equipped with tools to measure both near- and long-term risks. While businesses commit to building resilience and maintain a strategic approach to risk, the need for insurance industry to invest in data-driven insights, real-time catastrophe monitoring and risk modeling to identify alternative risk management solutions that are cost-effective is vital.”
The report further highlights that while supply chain efficiencies have historically helped companies to optimize short-term financial performance, over time they have led to accelerated risk and reduced resilience. As a result, many companies are now willing to balance a proportion of their supply chain efficiency to allow for greater certainty. Aon expects this trend to continue into 2023, with companies deploying strategies such as dual sourcing, contracts with improved supplier terms, supply chain financing or holding increased quantities of inventory. Continued scrutiny will be exerted on strategic suppliers to build assurance around their ability to supply goods and services.
The cyber insurance market remained challenged in the last quarter of 2022 but showed signs of stabilizing, as companies enhanced security and risk management, the claims experience improved, and retentions reached levels deemed sustainable by insurers. While rate increases continued, they varied widely based on risk management maturity and the level of adjustment made in prior years.
In addition, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues pose a broad and complex set of risks and opportunities to companies and investors. Insurance underwriting, for example, is becoming increasingly focused on understanding and assessing ESG-related risks. Proactively preparing for underwriting meetings clearly addressing issues facing insurers will be a key differentiator in underwriting decisions and is likely to impact a company’s total cost of risk.
Paul Young, head of Commercial Risk Solutions for Asia at Aon, said: “Persistently high inflation combined with supply chain challenges, talent shortages and climate change concerns highlight the ongoing uncertainty in the market as volatility continues as a key theme for companies to manage. Businesses must engage with insurers across the portfolio, rather than narrowly for a single product. This will help deepen the relationship and encourage insurers to look beyond only in-appetite products and risks, to help inform better decisions for the business.”
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