Life Insurance Premiums May Increase 20-40% From 2022: Here’s Why

Life Insurance Premiums May Increase 20-40% From 2022: Here’s Why

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oi-Vipul Das

| Published: Sunday, November 21, 2021, 10:15 [IST]

Life insurance premiums are forecasted to rise in 2022 as sizable reinsurance businesses are likely to raise charges that may be applicable to active individuals. Insurers’ profits may rise resulting in the forecast of higher premiums but they may also reduce demand for policy products. Premiums are expected to climb by 20% to 40% as reinsurers attempt to cover rising losses owing to rising claims.

According to a report of Economic Times “Many companies have already applied to the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) seeking permission to hike charges while some are negotiating with global reinsurers to minimise the hikes.” The increase in premiums is expected to affect both online and offline policies, and it will be the first time in the last six years that the online insurance marketplace will see a mash.

Mr. Vighnesh Shahane, CEO, Ageas Federal Life Insurance has said to the Economic Times that “The price increase has been talked about for six months and now looks inevitable. Higher claims due to Covid have hit reinsurers as a result of which prices have increased. We have already filed for an increase with the IRDAI on some plans and depending on the products the increase has either been implemented or to be shortly implemented.”

Though smaller insurers have less leverage in negotiations with reinsurers, larger insurers are nonetheless attempting to maintain the rise to a bare minimum.

LIC Chairman MR Kumar commented in an interview with ET last week that his company is continuing in talks with reinsurers, regardless of the fact that the Covid cases have subsided and companies have earned a profit despite resolving a large number of claims. He also warned that if premiums rise, demand may suffer. Individuals are buying term plans now because they are more conscious of the condition, and we don’t want people to turn away and complain that things are getting too expensive. It will have an influence if they increase rates. We will know when the agreements with reinsurers are inked in Q4 of 2021, he further claimed.

“We have seen a rate rise of 300 to 1000% on group corporate policies largely due to pandemic driven claims. This is owing to the current pandemic scenario where there has been an increased incidence of claims experiences for various insurance and insurance support has been minimal on the group side of the business. The reinsurance rates are high leading to insurance term life rates being high” Sanjay Kedia, CEO, Marsh India Insurance Brokers, said to the ET.

According to a report published by the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the country’s life insurance sector is predicted to increase 12-15 percent annually over the next three to five years.

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