Insurance Agencies & Brokerages Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 4/22/2019
SIC Codes: 6411
NAICS Codes: 524210
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Excerpt from Insurance Agencies & Brokerages Industry Profile

Companies in this industry act as agents to sell insurance policies and annuities underwritten by insurance carriers. Major companies include Arthur J Gallagher, Brown & Brown, and Marsh & McLennan (all based in the US), as well as Aon, Lloyd's, and Willis Towers Watson (all based in the UK).

The global insurance industry, which includes carriers as well as agents and brokers, generates about $4.9 trillion in premium volume each year, according to Swiss Re. The non-life insurance (property/casualty and health) market is experiencing growth in developed countries in North America, Asia, and Europe, while growth in life insurance premiums is driven by strong sales in emerging markets in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

The US insurance agencies and brokerages industry includes about 134,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with annual revenue of about $138 billion.

Many companies that primarily offer insurance products to businesses function mainly as brokers. Captive agencies operate as a sales agent for a single insurer, working on its behalf; independent brokers sell products from several providers. Insurance carriers are covered in separate industry profiles.


Low interest rates, sluggish premium growth, and rising catastrophe losses are putting downward pressure on margins for insurance agencies and brokerages. Soft market conditions drive consolidation in the industry as companies look to maximize revenue growth.

While the traditional intermediation model remains dominant worldwide, ...

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