A.M. BestTV: Insurers See Opportunity in Reset of Trade Deals

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--In this A.M.BestTV episode, insurers say the scrapping of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and the renegotiating of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could mean more individualized arrangements between countries, but also warn they are cautious about maintaining access to markets. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=tpp217 to view the entire program.

President Trump withdrew the United States’ participation in TPP, which included 12 countries, representing 40% of the world’s economy.

Meg Mulry, senior economist, economic & industry research, A.M. Best, addressed the potential impact of withdrawing from the TPP on insurers.

“There has been a lot of concern in the insurance industry about the reorganization of NAFTA, the stepping away from TPP and what role China is going to play in Southeast Asia,” said Multry. “With these items in mind, A.M. Best is definitely concerned about what could happen going forward as global insurers look to access new markets.”

However, with the revised trade deals, Leigh Ann Pusey, president and chief executive officer, American Insurance Association, sees new opportunities for the insurance industry.

“There are open opportunities for growth as economies get tightened,” said Pusey. “In these markets around the globe, insurance is providing a service that is helping build out their capacity, which these markets cannot do inside their own four walls.”

Other people that appear in this episode:

  • Clarence Wong, chief economist, Asia-Pacific, Swiss Reinsurance Company.

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Group Vice President, Publication and News Services
lee.mcdonald@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
Lee McDonald, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5561
Group Vice President, Publication and News Services
lee.mcdonald@ambest.com