Life Insurance Carriers Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 12/3/2018
SIC Codes: 6311, 6321
NAICS Codes: 524113
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Companies in this industry underwrite life insurance and related products including annuities, long-term care, disability, and accidental death and dismemberment policies. Major companies include MetLife, New York Life, and Prudential Financial (all based in the US), as well as AEGON (the Netherlands), AXA (France), Nippon Life (Japan), and Prudential (UK).

Global life insurance premiums totaled about $2.6 trillion in 2016, up 2.5% compared to 2015, when premiums grew by 4.4%, according to Swiss Re. A return to growth has pushed global life premiums above the pre-financial crisis average. In emerging markets, life premiums grew 17% in 2016, compared to 11.7% the prior year. The rise was mainly driven by China, as well as India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Premiums in advanced markets fell by 0.5%.

The US life insurance industry includes about 8,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with annual revenue of about $550 billion.

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Demand is driven by demographics and the economy. The profitability of individual companies depends on effective marketing and investment strategies and on the ability to accurately estimate future payments. Large companies take advantage of economies of scale in administration and in access to capital, as well as advertising and marketing. Small companies can compete successfully by providing specialized services to communities and organizations, such as current and former military personnel, church affiliations, and fraternal organizations. The US industry is highly concentrated: the largest ...

 
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