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.
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After experiencing a shock during the 2001-2002 economic crisis, Argentina’s banking sector has been expanding since 2010, with loans and deposits rising at respective CAGRs of 11.1% and 8.4% in real terms over 2010-2015, outperforming the ...READ MORE
Brazil’s insurance sector expanded at a CAGR of 16.1% in terms of premium income between 2011 and 2014, outperforming the overall GDP growth during the period (CAGR of 1.7%), supported by growing household incomes, strong labour market and ...READ MORE
The Polish insurance market was ranked 12th in the European Union in 2014, according to that year’s gross written premium (GWP). This indicator has been declining since 2012, alongside the sector's share in Poland's GDP – which dropped ...READ MORE