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Takaful offers significant opportunities for insurance industry growth

Milliman has released the findings of the first known study analysing the general and the family Takaful industries, separately, across all major markets. The full report will be released and discussed at the International Takaful Summit in London today.

‘While there have been a few reports analysing the US$14.9 billion Takaful market, they typically provide a combined analysis,’ said Farzana Ismail, head of Milliman’s Life Insurance and Family Takaful consulting practice in South East Asia. ‘Since drivers for general Takaful can be significantly different from family Takaful, there has been concern around the distortion caused by analysing them together and demand for a separate analysis. This report helps meet that demand.’

‘The GCC region dominates the global market penetration of Takaful, which grew 14% in 2015,’ said Safder Jaffer, Milliman’s managing director for the Middle East & Africa. ‘However, a closer look at the market reveals that there is virtually insignificant penetration of family Takaful, providing a huge opportunity for growth.’

Highlights from the Milliman Global Takaful Report 2017:

• Coverage of the major Takaful markets: South East Asia, Gulf Cooperative Council and Africa and the smaller markets, by country, analysing data from 2011 to 2015
• Market trends including changes in gross written contribution (GWC) and financial ratios
• The regulatory environment and changes in each market and their impact on the industry
• Opportunities for and challenges preventing the growth of Takaful

To download the report, click here.

Authors of this report can be reached on:

• Farzana Ismail in Kuala Lumpur at +603 2722 7181, farzana.ismail@milliman.com;
• Safder Jaffer in Dubai at +971 386 6990, safder.jaffer@milliman.com

Mixed outlook for participating business across Asia

Milliman has released the findings of a study analysing and comparing participating (par) business across seven Asian insurance markets, notably Singapore, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. The report collates in-depth information not otherwise available and provides insight from survey results about par business in Asia.

‘Par products have been a core insurance offering for many decades in many markets across Asia Pacific and in Singapore, Hong Kong and India they remain a cornerstone of the industry,’ said Richard Holloway, managing director for Milliman’s South East Asia and India life consulting practice. ‘However, increased regulatory scrutiny of par business in countries such as Malaysia and the onset of risk based capital solvency regimes in most markets may lead to a gradual decline in the popularity of such products. This report unlocks key considerations for companies offering par products across the region, highlighting differences in performance, investment approach, and governance of par across the seven markets.’

The ‘Milliman Participating Business in Asia’ report includes:

• A regional view of common themes and differences among the seven selected markets
• Detailed country commentary on par business performance, regulatory environments and key challenges
• Results of our survey providing qualitative insights into par business in these countries
• Analysis of the governance frameworks in place and roles of policyholder advocates

To download the report, click here.