Best’s Commentary: Impact of Low Oil Price and COVID-19 on GCC and Russian Insurers

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A sudden drop in oil prices in March 2020 further spooked financial markets already unsettled by the accelerating spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Oil prices were hit by weakened demand due to the COVID-19-related economic slowdown and excess supply.

A new AM Best commentary, “Impact of Low Oil Price and COVID-19 on GCC and Russian Insurers,” considers the likely effect of oil price volatility on the economies – and by implication, the insurance markets – of Russia and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

In general, insurers in oil-rich emerging economies have seen notable growth in gross premium revenues over the last few decades, stemming from an increase in insurable risks. However, in the face of lower oil prices and the prospect of a COVID-19-driven global recession, investment is expected to slow down considerably. As such, domestic risk carriers may no longer be able to achieve top-line premium growth at levels experienced over the past decade.

To access the full copy of this Best’s Commentary, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=296056.

AM Best analysts will take part in a complimentary webinar today, 7 April 2020, at 9 a.m. BST, to discuss the potential impact of the oil price drop and COVID-19 on the insurance markets in the Middle East and North Africa. To register, please visit www.ambest.com/webinars/oil.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data analytics provider specializing in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in New York, London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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Contacts

Salman Siddiqui
Director, Analytics
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Valeria Ermakova
Senior Director, Analytics
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Richard Banks
Director, Industry Research – EMEA
+44 20 7397 0322
richard.banks@ambest.com

Edem Kuenyehia
Director, Market Development & Communications
+44 20 7397 0280
edem.kuenyehia@ambest.com