Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Asia: The New Frontier of the Insurance Industry?

Even though the region has a notoriety of being “underinsured”, will the Asian region prove to be the new marketing frontier of the world’s leading insurance providers? 

By: Ringo Bones 

The tragic November 8, 2013 super-typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda that battered Tacloban, Leyte has highlighted the Asian region’s notoriety of being underinsured, but if Prudential has its way, Asia might prove to be a veritable growth industry for the world’s leading insurance providers. Given that a majority of this region’s inhabitants can hardly afford the relatively exorbitant premiums of top-tier insurance policies that cover climate change related catastrophes, will the Asian region prove to be a new and lucrative marketing frontier for the global insurance providers? 

U.K. based international insurance provider Prudential plc, which started in London back in May 1848 as The Prudential Mutual Assurance Investment and Loan Association that provided loans to professionals and working people has now provided their interim second quarter results for the year 2014 a few weeks ago showing that most of their profits and expected growth will be in its Asian markets. At the moment, Prudential operates across 13 Asian markets and is one of the Top 3 insurance providers in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, India and Cambodia. 

Given the projected results showing that most of its positive growth market will be in Asia, the insurance company is now focusing its Asian market – as in its largest division in the name of Prudential Corporation Asia. The insurance company’s 13-million clients are expected to grow in the future, and most of the growth will probably be in Asia. Prudential also owns Jackson National Life Insurance Company which is currently the largest life insurance provider in the United States. Will Prudential now be concentrating more on its Asian clients than its American and European ones? 

1 comment:

Georgia Rain said...

Prudential has been eyeing on expanding its Asian insurance markets since the last quarter of 2013 - time for dibs on the Prudential profit bandwagon?