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UK Protection Insurance: Critical Illness & Income Protection

Press Release   •   Jan 19, 2017 06:41 EST

Summary

Individual product performance in the protection market is a turbulent and confusing picture, with erratic premium behavior across the board. While term (and specifically non-mortgage term) products are still the dominant force with over 70% of protection share, there has been downward pressure on every product line in recent times, reflecting the uncertain, fragile national macroeconomic picture. Indeed, in the absence of major market-driven change it is the macro-environment that dictates performance.

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Key Findings

-Although the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) was aimed at the retail investment market, and commission-based business is still permitted for protection products, the net effect has been that advisors offering a range of services have had to adapt their models. In addition to RDR, a new emphasis on conduct has been ushered in with the Financial Conduct Authority, and key protagonists in the financial services markets have been overwhelmed with the volume of regulatory change in the last few years.

-Individual product performance in the protection market is a turbulent and confusing picture, with erratic premium behavior across the board. While term (and specifically non-mortgage term) products are still the dominant force with over 70% of protection share, there has been downward pressure on every product line in recent times, reflecting the uncertain, fragile national macroeconomic picture.

Synopsis

Verdict Financials UK Protection Insurance: Critical Illness & Income Protection examines the protection market, focusing on two products: critical illness and income protection. It examines how the market has performed and explores the key drivers shaping the market going forward. It also highlights the impact of RDR and provides a forecast for the next five years.

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Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Protection has reached a new normal and needs to be reinvigorated

Key findings

Critical success factors

MARKET DYNAMICS

Introduction

The protection market has seen major changes

Protection is sold not bought, making advisors gatekeepers to the market

Contract levels have reduced due to the RDR

Banks have retrenched to core business and reduced their advisory capabilities

Protection products are exhibiting varying performance levels

IP and CII account for a mere 7.2% of the total protection market

Prices rises have sustained the market

The IP sector has struggled to recover its 2012 market position

The product offers significant benefits, but awareness and engagement is low

Confusion exists about the types of cover

The application process is long

Little is done to spread the word on policy benefits