AIR+09 Jul 2024

Higher rates in Taiwan to increase competition

| 09 Jul 2024

In recent years, the global reinsurance market has been influenced by changes in climate-related risks, rising catastrophic losses and economic uncertainties. The market continues to lean towards a hard market stance, and Taiwan is no exception. Reinsurers see opportunities arising from rate increases and improvements in terms and conditions in this hard market. Additionally, after P&C insurers paid over TWD270bn ($8.3bn) due to COVID-19, the demand for reinsurance increased as insurance companies aimed to protect capital from volatile underwriting result. According to statistics from Taiwan Insurance Institute, gross written premiums grew by 10.6% in 2023. Meanwhile, reinsurance premiums ceded grew by 20.8%, with the majority of the increase in fire insurance. The improved reinsurance conditions in recent years may attract new market participants and increase competition in the Taiwanese reinsurance market.

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