Revealed: The most valuable insurance brand in the world

insurancebusinessmag | May 16, 2019

Whoever said there’s nowhere to go but down when you’re at the top surely didn’t have insurer Ping An in mind. The Chinese firm has kept its place in the latest Brand Finance Insurance 100, thanks to its 93% surge in brand value to US$50.5 billion.Launched in association with Insurance Business, the 2019 edition of the annual report features not only the listing of the top 100 insurance brands but as well as sections on brand value by country, performance by sector, and Brand Finance’s brand valuation methodology.

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The report identifies five macro trends that are creating emerging risks for insurance customers and their businesses: disruptive environmental patterns, technological advancements, evolving social and demographic trends, new medical and health concerns, and business environment changes. Yet most insurers have been slow to respond to these trends and equip customers for them. Under 25% of business customers across all geographies, and less than 15% of personal policyholders, feel they have sufficient coverage to insure against any one of the emerging risks driven by these macro trends. Fewer than 40% of life and health insurers said they have built a pipeline of new products to cover emerging risks comprehensively.

Spotlight

The report identifies five macro trends that are creating emerging risks for insurance customers and their businesses: disruptive environmental patterns, technological advancements, evolving social and demographic trends, new medical and health concerns, and business environment changes. Yet most insurers have been slow to respond to these trends and equip customers for them. Under 25% of business customers across all geographies, and less than 15% of personal policyholders, feel they have sufficient coverage to insure against any one of the emerging risks driven by these macro trends. Fewer than 40% of life and health insurers said they have built a pipeline of new products to cover emerging risks comprehensively.

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Yum China Holdings, Inc. | November 26, 2021

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Bindable Unveils its New Digital Solution - The Agent Wholesale Platform for Insurance Industry

Bindable | November 19, 2020

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