The Banking & Insurance sector – often referred to as the lifeblood of the real economy – is of vital importance in the modern credit-driven economic growth model. Among its functions are intermediation between savers and borrowers, ensuring funds are allocated efficiently; support of payment and settlement systems that facilitate trade and international economic relations; and provision of various products that mitigate risk and uncertainty. The accelerating pace of technological change, stricter regulation and shifting consumer habits are reshaping the traditional banking model and pushing the sector towards innovation-led growth.
Activities associated with Banking & Insurance are depositary and non-depositary credit intermediation and related activities, investment banking, securities brokerage, commodity contracts dealing and diverse financial investment activities. The sector also includes insurers, re-insurers and insurance brokerages, pension funds, health and welfare funds, monetary authorities, stock exchanges, and collection and credit agencies.
The Hungarian financial sector has significant potential for catching up with regional and EU development levels. The total loan-to-GDP ratio of credit institutions amounted to 50.9% in 2015. The financial sector (banking and insurance) generated 2 ...READ MORE
Indonesia is home to a well-capitalised but fragmented banking sector with obvious market leaders. A total of 116 commercial and more than 1,800 rural banks operated in the country in 2016. Indonesia’s four state banks accounted for some 55% of ...READ MORE
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The Philippine economy has expanded rapidly in recent years, with GDP growth reaching 6.9% y/y in 2016. The country’s banking sector is at an early stage of development, with consumer saving and borrowing still largely conducted through the ...READ MORE
At the end of 2016 there were 163 insurance institutions operating in the People’s Republic of China, of which roughly 30% were foreign-funded or joint ventures. Traditional insurance subsectors such as life insurance and property insurance are ...READ MORE
Turkey’s insurance sector saw healthy premium growth rates over the 2012-2016 period, supported by rising employment, consumption and household incomes. Insurance premiums have increased nearly fourfold in the past decade. Still, insurance ...READ MORE
The Hungarian insurance sector is split evenly between the life and non-life segments. Unlike the European life insurance market, the Hungarian life segment is dominated by unit-linked products that are linked to investment schemes. In 2016, the ...READ MORE
Insurance proved to be one of the few sectors that are resilient to the deep economic recession in Brazil, marked by stubbornly high inflation, eroding job market and falling disposable income. The total insurance premium income in the country rose ...READ MORE
Malaysia’s insurance sector comprises both conventional insurers and “takaful” operators, who provide insurance products consistent with Islamic Shariah principles. Insurance penetration in Malaysia is low relative to that in many ...READ MORE
The banking sector in Malaysia accounted for 4.7% of GDP in 2016, boasting assets worth 198.8% of GDP and a workforce equivalent to 3% of the total employed workers in the country in 2016. The sector was home to 27 commercial, 11 investment, and 18 ...READ MORE