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Insurance & Risk Management OVERVIEW

Insurance and risk management make up an immense global industry.  According to a survey conducted by a leading global insurance firm, Swiss Re, worldwide insurance premiums totaled $7.3 trillion in 2022 (the latest data available). 
In America alone, the insurance business employed about 2.94 million people as of July 2023 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Gross life and accident & health insurance premiums in the U.S. totaled $1,172.0 billion during 2022 (up from $1113.0 billion in 2021; this is the latest year available), per the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).  A large number of companies underwrite insurance in America, but the industry is dominated by a handful of major players.
Premiums on a per capita basis remain very low in much of the world, pointing to excellent long-term opportunity for expansion of sales of insurance products of all types, including annuities.  It would be hard to overstate the importance of developing nations, such as India, Brazil and Indonesia, to the future growth of the insurance industry.  Much of the world is still clearly a fertile field for expansion of insurance companies that are willing and able to invest time and money in emerging markets.  The insurance markets in these areas will be boosted by a combination of rising household incomes; increasing education and financial sophistication among consumers; extending life spans; and a tradition of families relying on personal savings and initiative rather than government social programs to provide for retirement funds and health care.
Massive amounts of insurance company earnings come from the sale of annuities and other retirement and investment products, along with profits (or losses) that insurance underwriters earn on the investment of their own assets and reserves. 
In America, insurance is unique in the financial services field because, unlike banking and investments which are regulated to a large extent (although not entirely) by federal agencies, insurance is regulated primarily at the state level.  This means that insurance firms must deal with up to 50 different sets of state regulations and 50 different state regulatory agencies, which may vary widely in their requirements related to allowing an insurance firm to offer policies in their states.  At the same time, they must develop dozens of different premium rate structures that appropriately reflect the costs of meeting local risks and fulfilling state requirements.  As a result, few insurance underwriters offer all of their insurance products in all 50 states; many do business only in a limited number of states.  It is a regulatory and administrative nightmare that limits consumer choices and drives up overall insurance costs.
Insurance underwriting does not earn consistent levels of profits.  A property and casualty insurance company may, from time-to-time, face a year of losses, rather than profits, due to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes or floods.  Insurance underwriters also face risks in the investments that they make with the funds they are holding in reserve against future payouts.  If they make poor investment choices, it can lead to serious financial problems.  Occasionally, insurance underwriters go broke, and firms that rate the financial stability of insurance underwriters always list more than a few that are not financially sound.  Today, however, nearly all U.S. insurance underwriters were in excellent financial condition and had very substantial reserves on hand to cover losses.  This was particularly important during the Coronavirus pandemic, when businesses made substantial insurance claims—although the extent to which insurance firms are liable for such claims remains to be seen.  In addition, most insurance firms lay-off a substantial portion of potential losses to third-party “reinsurance” companies and hedge funds willing to take such risks.  Consequently, even major disasters may not put the insurance industry in financial jeopardy.
The insurance industry includes a wide variety of sectors and services.  The most obvious are the insurance underwriters that cover the risks and issue the policies, along with the agencies that sell insurance.  However, there are also large numbers of consulting firms, claims processing firms, data collection firms, consultancies, loss inspectors (“insurance adjusters”) and myriad other specialized fields serving the industry.  In addition, there are insurance brokers, which have traditionally posted enviable profits.  Insurance brokers represent the interests of corporate clients while finding their customers the best coverage at the best rates.  Elsewhere, banks such as Wells Fargo are doing reasonably well in the sale of insurance products, particularly annuities and life insurance.  Investment companies like Merrill Lynch (part of Bank of America) have been eager to sell insurance to their customers as well.
While there are tens of thousands of small insurance firms worldwide, the industry tends to be concentrated in a few hundred major companies, many of which enjoy brands that are household names.  A handful of these top firms operate on a truly global scale.
Health coverage is a major component of the insurance field.  Health spending in the U.S. is projected to grow steadily.  Health care spending in America accounts for a larger share of GDP than in any other country by a wide margin.  Despite the incredible investment America continues to make in health care, including government-provided programs such as Medicaid, millions of people continue to lack health coverage.  For some, insurance was unavailable or unaffordable.  In other cases, a lack of insurance was due to a personal decision not to pay for it.  (It is worthwhile to note that the official uninsured count includes aliens who are in the U.S. illegally.)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to strengthen insurance company regulation and provide medical coverage to millions of uninsured Americans.  Consumers whose annual incomes do not exceed set amounts may purchase health insurance at subsidized rates.
The act called for sweeping changes on most insurance policies, including coverage for adult children up to age 26 on their parents’ policies; other rules that make it unlawful for insurers to place lifetime caps on payouts or deny coverage should a policy holder become ill; and requirements that policies must pay the full cost of selected preventive care and exempt such care from deductibles.  
Online health care insurance “exchanges” began enabling consumers to shop for health coverage.  Special investment income taxes on above-average earners were instituted to help fund the program.  

Internet Research Tip:
Excellent sources of in-depth insurance industry information can be found at the following sites:
=         Insurance Information Institute,
=         National Association of Insurance Commissioners,
=         National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies,


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Plunkett Research Provides Unique Analysis of the Following Major Trends Affecting the Insurance Industry

  1. Introduction to the Insurance Industry
  2. Sophisticated Risk Management and Prevention Programs Lead to Lower Losses
  3. Risk Managers Seek Certification
  4. Independent Agencies Continue to Dominate Commercial Insurance, but Play a Lesser Role in Personal Lines
  5. Insurance Direct Selling and E-Commerce Grow
  6. Insurance Underwriting Uses Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Policy Holders Allow Their Habits to Be Tracked for Lower Insurance Rates
  7. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Enables Life Insurance Underwriting
  8. States Pick Up Some Wind and Flood Risk for Homeowners/Underwriters Rely on Sophisticated Risk Analysis Technology to Set Rates
  9. No End in Sight to the Growth of Specialized Insurance Lines
  10. Health Sharing Ministries Attract Millions of Members
  11. Annuity Account Managers Create New Product Strategies
  12. Major U.S., Japanese and European Insurance Firms See Vast Promise in Chinese, Southeast Asian and Emerging Markets
  13. Continued Rise in Health Care Costs
  14. Number of Uninsured Americans Declines But Remains High
  15. U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 Rewrote the Rules and Increased Coverage, But Costs Continue to Rise
  16. Employers Fight Rapidly Growing Health Care Premiums/Require Employees to Pay a Significant Share of Costs
  17. Insurance Companies Change Strategies Due to Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Rapidly Rising Costs of Care
  18. Malpractice Suits Are Blamed for Rising Health Care Costs/Tort Reform Is Capping Awards for Damages
  19. Hedge Funds and Private Equity Play a Major Role in Financial Products Including Derivatives, Lending and Insurance
  20. Aging Populations, Baby Boomers Create Opportunities/U.S. Pension Accounts Top $36.7 Trillion
  21. Basel III, Dodd-Frank Act and Volcker Act Increase Regulation/European Solvency II and MiFID 2 Take Effect
  22. Financial Technology (FinTech) Enables Online Lending, Insurance and Robo Advisors
  23. Drones Save Time and Money in a Variety of Industries Including Insurance, Real Estate and Construction
  24. Gig Economy and Self-Driving Cars Pose Insurance Challenges and Underwriting Opportunities
  25. The Future of the Insurance Industry and Risk Management

Plunkett Research Provides In-Depth Tables for the Following Insurance Industry Statistics

  1. Insurance Industry Statistics and Market Size Overview
  2. Assets & Liabilities of U.S. Property-Casualty Insurance Companies: 2020-2nd Quarter 2023
  3. Assets & Liabilities of U.S. Life Insurance Companies: 2020-2nd Quarter 2023
  4. Employers' Costs for Total Compensation and Health Insurance, by Selected Characteristics, U.S.: Selected Years, 2019-2023
  5. The Nation's Health Dollar: 2023 Where It Came From (Projected)
  6. The Nation’s Health Dollar: 2023 Where It Went (Estimated)
  7. Number & Percent of Persons of All Ages with and without Health Insurance Coverage, U.S.: 2007-2022
  8. Number & Percent of Persons without Health Insurance Coverage, by Age Group, U.S.: 2000-2022
  9. Medical Care Benefits in the U.S.: Access, Participation and Take-Up Rates, March 2023
  10. Retirement Benefits in the U.S.: Access, Participation and Take-Up Rates, March 2023
  11. Employment in the Insurance Industry, U.S.: 2017-July 2023

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