Reinsurance in the Netherlands, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2017

Date: 2015-09

“In terms of written premium, the Netherlands’ insurance industry is one of the global leaders. During the review period (2008–2012) the nation’s reinsurance segment registered negative growth due to the adverse effect of the global financial crisis and subsequent European debt crisis. Overall, the premium ceded to reinsurance recorded a review-period compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2.3%. The life and personal accident and health insurance segments held retentions above 90%, indicating an underutilization of reinsurance as a risk management tool. Moreover, the non-life segment, which previously displayed a reliance on reinsurers for the purposes of sharing risk, recorded a decline in the percentage of premium ceded from 18.9% in 2008 to 15.8% in 2012. This was due to intense competition in the segment, which forced non-life insurers to reduce premiums.

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