A new law is being prepared that will change the capital requirements and other requirements for granting licenses to reinsurers operating in the country.
The proposal by the Insurance and Reinsurance Superintendency of Panama was revealed weeks after the intervention was ordered into the reinsurer Istmo Compañía de Reaseguros.This process was not the only one in 2016, as the company Seguros Confianza was also taken over in September.
The insurance company founded on Chilean and Venezuelan capital had been subject of an intervention by the Superintendency of Insurance and Reinsurance of Panama in September, after it was detected that there was insufficient equity.
Prensa.com reports that "...This is thesecond liquidation made by the regulator in a year.In October 2015, theSuperintendent also ordered the same to be doneto Seguros Constitución, also of Venezuelan capital, after financial and administrative breaches were detected."
Insurers must make separate analysis for each insurance categories and when the results are deficient, they should have reserves.
Agreement 4 approved in April by the Superintendent of Insurance of Panama adds that when the results aredeficit for two consecutive years,"... in addition to the reserve an analysis must be submitted to the regulator of the causes of the deficiency and a plan to correct it. Once the category has positive results again, the reserve can be released and the company can make use of it."
Growth in claims was double the growth in premiums in December 2015 in the Panamanian insurance market.
Premiums in Panama in December 2015 remained at very similar levels to those of the same month in 2014, according to the Insurance and Reinsurance Regulator in Panama. Accumulated premiums last December amounted to $1.385 million, 1.18% more than in December 2014.
It has been announced that three insurers with the largest share in the market have requested authorization from the regulator to make adjustments of up to 12% on premiums for health insurance policies.
The Superintendent of Insurance and Reinsurance, José Joaquín Riesen, told Prensa.com that three companies asked to be able to increase premiums for health policies, arguing that the costs of medical services have increased by at least 10% in recent years, while premiums, deductibles and coinsurance have remained in the same price ranges.
The Insurance Regulator has ordered that administrative and operational control be taken of the Venezuelan company Seguros Constitución, for allegedly failing to comply with a regularization plan required by the regulator.
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In the first quarter of the year, total premiums in the country totaled $338 million, 5% more than in the same period last year, driven by automobile insurance.
Vehicle insurance is the most in demand, reporting $63 million in premiums from January to March 2015, representing an increase of 11.8% compared to the same period last year. The second sector reporting the most growth is health, with premiums of $57.3 million, ie an increase of 6% and finally the premiums for group life reported $41 million, according to the Superintendency of Insurance and Reinsurance in Panama.
A law intends to attract reinsurance companies, by giving them the same benefits enjoyed by the Headquarters of Multinational Corporations.
The information was confirmed by the Panamanian superintendent Luis Della Togna, who added that the project could be ready before the end of the year. He also explained that the aim is to leverage the competitive advantages offered by Panama and have a law that addresses the latest trends in supervision and regulation on this topic.
The venture is in micro-markets with products costing up to $30 per year and with compensation ranging from $10 thousand to $15 thousand.
According to Luis Della Togna, Superintendent of Insurance and Resinsurance in Panama (SSRP), "the idea is to launch low-cost products in order to generate a micro-culture among the middle and lower classes."
During the first five months of 2013 $97 million worth was sold, predominantly in the categories of car insurance, health and group life policies.
According to Carlos Berguido, director of the Panamanian Association of Insurers (Apadea), the increase is attributed to the immediate responses to claims by owners of insurers, resulting in consumers acquiring more policies, because of the trust inspired by claims being paid quickly.