Products in the category of life, accident and health lead the 6% increase in premiums seen in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2013.
Total premiums paid in the first quarter amounted to $42 million, of which 37.4% were for first party car insurance, 21.0 % for fire insurance and associated lines, 19.09 % for life insurance (individual and collective) and the remaining 6.01 % for health insurance.
Backed by the Central American and Caribbean Network of Microfinancers six companies have begun offering microinsurance to families and small businesses.
Ivan Gutierrez, executive director of the Central American and Caribbean Microfinancers Network (Redcamif), said that "from July this year six microfinance institutions will start to offer life and accident insurance, health insurance and temporary disability income."
Private insurers are beginning to outperform the state insurance company and have so far captured a 40% market share.
The ranking of the premiums made by the Superintendency of Banks and Other Financial Institutions (Siboif) reveals that in the case of Seguros América S.A.,in the first quarter of 2013, they led the market with 29.3% of the sector. The company following them is Instituto Nicaragüense de Seguros y Reaseguros (Iniser) with 26.4%, ASSA Compañía de Seguros SA with 18.9%, Seguros Lafise with 17,5% and Mapfre Nicaragua with 7,8%.
There was an improvement in accident rates and operating performance in the Nicaraguan insurance sector in 2008, as reported by Fitch in a special report.
Thanks to the growth in insurance premiums in the period and progress in costs and accident rates, the sector was able to overcome the operating loss that occurred last year (especially the state insurance company), registering a combined index of 96.3% in 2008 compared to 103.7% in 2007. The good operating performance has enabled the sector to more than offset the decrease in net financial income contribution (by private insurance companies in particular) and impact on the greater overall profitability. The expected decrease in the level of economic activity and thus in the sales of insurances implies a major challenge for the sector and for protection of the progress achieved in the short term. At the close of the previous year, net insurance premiums totaled C$2.1 million, 14.0% above the amount registered in 2007. The faster growth in the case of private insurance companies (17.1%) is worth noting, taking into account the significant growth in premiums of Metropolitana Life Insurance Company (35.1%) and Lafise Insurance (25.7%). For its part, the INISER (Nicaraguan Insurance Institute) experienced a growth of 8.6%. The positive growth of the sector has been primarily in the business of auto and life insurance.
The Panamanian Aseguradores Association (APADEA), is a non-profit organisation, that was created in 1952 with the objective of developing, enlarging and coordinating the activity of the insurance market throughout Panama.
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