Brexit Is Moving 61 Billion pounds in London Insurance Business to Rival Financial Centers

Insurance Journal | September 03, 2019

Brexit Is Moving 61 Billion pounds in London Insurance Business to Rival Financial Centers
London’s outsized role in the global insurance industry is being whittled down by Brexit. As much as 61 billion pounds ($75 billion) of business is shifting to rival financial centers in the European Union as a consequence of Britain’s vote to leave the bloc. And it’s happening regardless of the divorce terms. The EU’s insurance and pensions regulator has ordered every U.K.-based underwriter to transfer policies held by European clients to units on the continent. While the bulk of those total liabilities — the potential payout of all the policies, an industry gauge of scale — has moved or is moving to Belgium, Luxembourg, Ireland and elsewhere, about 5 billion pounds will still be in Britain if Brexit happens Oct. 31, according to the Bank of England’s Financial Stability Report in July.

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Insurance is a service that is currently very non¬transparent. Most notably, the reasoning behind the calculation of premiums is not disclosed and, therefore, cannot be considered intrinsically fair by customers. For auto insurance in the USA, a typical loss ratio is about 60 percent and adjustment expenses make up another 10 percent of premiums. Only half of the premiums are paid back as reimbursements.

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Insurance is a service that is currently very non¬transparent. Most notably, the reasoning behind the calculation of premiums is not disclosed and, therefore, cannot be considered intrinsically fair by customers. For auto insurance in the USA, a typical loss ratio is about 60 percent and adjustment expenses make up another 10 percent of premiums. Only half of the premiums are paid back as reimbursements.

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Alacrity Solutions, Fourseventy Claim | February 02, 2021

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CyberCube | May 12, 2020

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Snapsheet | August 27, 2021

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