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Date:4/5/2013

ofitability exhibit significant volatility,” adds Jose. “The financial market collapse caused industry revenue to plummet in 2008.” This was followed by a further decline in 2010, as the rebound many expected did not eventuate. However, operating conditions have since improved markedly, allowing the industry to return to growth in 2011 and 2012. As a result, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 3.3% to $4.0 trillion, with growth of 3.3% in 2013.

The industry's size and global nature makes it particularly difficult for any one company to win substantial market share, giving the industry a low level of concentration. Concentration levels vary significantly across the various lines of life and health insurance written. Grabbing substantial share in multiple health insurance markets is particularly difficult due to the structural diversity of health systems. Weakened capital positions because of the financial crisis have provided impetus for merger and acquisition activity, which is expected to continue over the next five years. A number of life insurers will use business disposals to shore up their balance sheets, improve liquidity and raise cash to repay government assistance. Major player ING is one company that implemented such a strategy, listing its emerging market businesses for sale in late 2009. The Royal Bank of Scotland and AIG are two of the other large enterprises in this industry that have gone down a similar path. However, such merger and acquisition activity will not offset the addition of new life and health insurance carriers in emerging economies.

Market conditions are forecast to improve over the next five years. Increasing demand for insurance will be the primary reason for growth as improvements in the global economy decrease unemployment and increase individuals' disposable income. Furthermore, changes in demographics, higher investment earnings and increasing sophistication of developing econom
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