General Insurance Article - An Exciting Time to Consider the Microinsurance Market


Microinsurance is generally designed for low-income businesses and individuals who aren’t typically covered by traditional insurance. It is usually sold at low premiums and low coverage limits / caps.

 Claude PenlandBy Claude Penland, Actuary

 Some insurance analysts have said that microinsurance is an untapped market for emerging economies, especially in India, Bangladesh, China, the Philippines and many parts of Africa. Latin America should also see growth. In fact, microinsurance has a possible customer base of around 4 billion people. Interestingly, 200-300 years ago, sickness benefit societies, friendly societies and fraternal insurance plans were implemented in the United States and in Europe. These plans were essentially microinsurance, too.

 Swiss Re reports that the microinsurance market has an eventual potential annual premium of up to $40 billion.
 Credit life is presently a leading microinsurance product. Going forward, some expect other insurance products that are found to be necessary in the developed world – for example, health and property insurance – to develop a microinsurance following as well.
  

 Barriers to microinsurance growth include inadequate local regulation. Actuaries can find it difficult to price products with a lack of appropriate actuarial risk and exposure data. Insurance product distribution claims handling and underdeveloped microfinance sectors are also high hurdles to jump. And, finally, cultural acceptance and education can be significant barriers.
  

 Some insurers and governments are considering private-public partnerships to help develop the microinsurance sector. Reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter has even recommended microinsurance to reinsurers as a growing market where they could devote some excess capital.

 It is indeed an exciting time to consider the microinsurance market.
  

Back to Index


Similar News to this Story

Smaller insurers to benefit from new Solvency UK thresholds
PRA update increases gross written premium income threshold, by a further £10 million compared with original proposals, to £25 million. Insurers opera
Firms facing unprecedented polycrisis of risk
67% of leaders surveyed say that the risk landscape is now ‘many times more complex’ than it was just three years ago at the height of the covid crisi
Cascading effect of natural disasters and key emerging risks
The 2024 edition of Swiss Re's SONAR report features 16 emerging risks and their potential impacts on the insurance sector and society. Key risks

Site Search

Exact   Any  

Latest Actuarial Jobs

Actuarial Login

Email
Password
 Jobseeker    Client
Reminder Logon

APA Sponsors

Actuarial Jobs & News Feeds

Jobs RSS News RSS

WikiActuary

Be the first to contribute to our definitive actuarial reference forum. Built by actuaries for actuaries.