Underwriting loss: Declining investment returns have subdued industry revenue growth

The General Insurance industry provides protection for individuals, households and businesses from financial loss associated with events such as car accidents, floods, break-ins and malpractice. General insurers provide this coverage at a fraction of the potential loss by spreading risk over many policies. Operators generate revenue from insurance policy sales and investing premium reserves in bonds, stocks and other assets. Premiums tend to fluctuate between soft and hard market conditions, which typically change following certain events, such as severe underwriting losses or changes in the competitive landscape. Hard market conditions will generally drive revenue growth without a change in coverage levels.Industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 0.4%...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising insurance premiums have supported industry revenue growth over the period
  • Several large-scale natural disasters in Australia have constrained profit margins
  • Continued economic growth is likely to yield steady demand for general insurance
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The geographic distribution of the industry is closely linked to the spread of the Australian population. The eastern seaboard represents an important market for general insurance, as most business is written in these states. The eastern seaboard also accounts for the largest share of claims expenses. While New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria still maintain the largest shares of the industry, Queensland has declined in significance over the past five years.Queensland and Western Australia hold a significant share of the industry, which has declined over the past five years. Queensland's declining share of industry revenue has been due to the slowing of premium increases over the period. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the General Insurance Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the General Insurance are:

  • Ability to effectively manage risk
  • Management of a high-quality assets portfolio
  • Provision of a related range of goods and services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Cost of natural disasters and year bond rate in the General Insurance industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the General Insurance Industry?

    The industry includes general insurers and reinsurers. General insurers underwrite insurance policies to cover individuals and businesses’ financial loss associated with property, casualty, liability and other risks. Underwriting involves assuming risks and assigning premiums. Reinsurers assume all or part of the risk associated with existing insurance policies underwritten by other insurers.

    Industry Products
  • Motor vehicle insurance
  • Home insurance
  • Reinsurance
  • Fire and ISR insurance
  • Public and product liability insurance
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Employers' liability insurance
  • Other insurance
  • Industry Activities
  • Motor vehicle insurance provision
  • Household insurance provision
  • Fire and industrial special risks (ISR) insurance provision
  • Public and product liability insurance provision
  • Professional indemnity insurance provision
  • Employers' liability insurance provision
  • Mortgage and consumer credit insurance provision
  • Travel insurance provision
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Cost of natural disasters
  • year bond rate
  • Number of households
  • Number of motor vehicles
  • All Ordinaries index

  • Current Performance
  • Operating environment
  • Financial Services Royal Commission
  • Natural disasters
  • Investment returns
  • Online aggregators
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry profitability
  • Financial Services Royal Commission
  • Natural disasters
  • New competition
  • Technology
  • Table: General Insurance Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - General Insurance Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Mining
  • Health Services
  • Agribusiness
  • Integrated Logistics
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Insurance Brokerage

  • Products & Services
  • Motor vehicle insurance
  • Employers' liability insurance
  • Home insurance
  • Reinsurance
  • Other insurance
  • Fire and ISR insurance
  • Public and product liability insurance
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Chart: General Insurance Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Private clients
  • Commercial clients
  • Insurers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the General Insurance Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs General Insurance

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the General Insurance Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Insurance Australia Group Limited, Suncorp Group Limited, Allianz Australia Limited, QBE Insurance Group Limited,
  • Table: Insurance Australia Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Suncorp Group Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Allianz Australia Limited - financial performance
  • Table: QBE Insurance Group Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the General Insurance Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the General Insurance Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Alien Insurers
  • Insurers formed in a different country to where they conduct a portion or all of their business.
  • Cessation Ratio
  • The proportion of insurance ceded, or passed on, by an insurer to a reinsurer.
  • Combined Ratio
  • A measure of underwriting performance that equals the sum of the loss and expense ratios. A combined ratio above 100% indicates an underwriting loss.
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