Perspectives

2014 Property & casualty insurance industry outlook

Learn why innovation may be the ‘new normal’ for property and casualty insurers seeking long-term growth

Perspectives

2014 Life insurance and annuity industry outlook

Getting back on track

​​Discover why transformation is the most likely path to sustained long-term growth for life insurance and annuity carriers.

Transforming for growth

Life insurers and annuity writers may gain some sales traction in the year ahead thanks to modest economic growth, declining unemployment, and the possibility of an uptick in interest rates. And yet many have begun to realize to sustain growth over the long term, fundamental changes in their business models are necessary in the near term.

Whether you prefer to be a pioneer or fast-follower, before too long most insurers will likely have to transform their standard operating procedures. And with growth reemerging as the chief imperative, both in the short run as well as over the long haul, more carriers will be revamping their products, core systems, and distribution options.

While reshaping how they conduct operations can make a big difference in revenue and profitability, carriers also need the right people and capabilities to propel and maintain momentum for innovation. Indeed, talent transformation could ultimately be one of the most important distinguishing features determining how well life insurance and annuity carriers perform in this evolving environment.
 
To capitalize on emerging opportunities instead of being undermined by the disruptive changes likely to alter the competitive landscape, top insurance executives should be more predisposed towards bigger-picture innovations. Discover the macro- and microeconomic trends challenging insurers to shake up the status quo.
 
Download the full report on the 2014 Life Insurance and Annuity Industry Outlook.

2014 Insurance outlook infographic

Insurance firms face obstacles that may be outside of their control in the coming year, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the ability to shape their own destinies. Consider the following potential game-changing developments for 2014 and beyond. Whether these are opportunities or threats may be entirely up to how each insurance company deals with them.

  • Prepare for a more dynamic M&A market
  • Carriers looking for new ways to reach prospects
  • Regulatory uncertainty leaves many insurers in a holding pattern
  • Transforming finance to become business partners
  • Carriers look to upgrade systems and talent
  • Carriers look to up their game with tech enhancements

For a quick view into our predicted trends, view the infographic.

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Sam Friedman

Sam Friedman

Research Leader | Insurance

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Jim Eckenrode

Jim Eckenrode

Executive Director | Center for Financial Services

Jim Eckenrode is the executive director of the Del...More

Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw

Vice Chairman and US Leader | Insurance

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