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Underwriting Sustains Profitability In Saudi Arabia's Increasingly Competitive Insurance Industry Jan 12
Standard & Poors, January 2012
Domestic insurers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have seen their business expand very quickly in recent years as health insurance has become widespread. Once it became mandatory for expatriate staff in 2008, medical insurance spread to domestic employees, and is now the biggest line of business in the Kingdom. Compared with insurers in Western markets, insurers in the KSA tend to focus more on achieving a return on equity through underwriting alone. Investment strategies are conservative, and contribute little to the industry's overall good profitability. But as competitive pressures increase, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services expects that it will be harder for companies to maintain underwriting discipline. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA), which regulates insurance in the...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Tawuniya/The Company for Cooperative Insurance,Saudi Re for Cooperative Reinsurance Co.,Wataniya Cooperative Insurance Co.,Weqaya Takaful Insurance & Reinsurance Co.,Malath Cooperative Insurance & Reinsurance Co.,Mediterranean & Gulf Cooperative Insurance and Reinsurance Co.
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Tawuniya/The Company for Cooperative Insurance,Saudi Re for Cooperative Reinsurance Co.,Wataniya Cooperative Insurance Co.,Weqaya Takaful Insurance & Reinsurance Co.,Malath Cooperative Insurance & Reinsurance Co.,Mediterranean & Gulf Cooperative Insurance and Reinsurance Co.