Lloyd’s Announces Plan to Launch Proprietary Insurance Index in 2016

December 16, 2015

Lloyd’s of London has announced that it “plans to launch its own insurance based index in mid-2016. This would be the first index for diversified risk, showing loss ratios and focused on insurance performance.

“The availability of detailed insight into the performance of the market will provide managing agents, brokers and other insurers with new options for managing risk and form the basis of index-related products of interest to the wider capital markets,” the announcement continued.

Lloyd’s also noted that its position, “as the only insurance market in the world, means it has access to an extensive range of high quality data, both current and historic, and is therefore uniquely placed to provide an index of diversified underwriting risk.”

Lloyd’s indicated that the “Index will show loss ratios – premiums versus claims – for the Lloyd’s market on an aggregated basis, and will focus entirely on insurance performance. Subscribers to the index, which it is intended, will be published quarterly, will be able to view data on a whole market basis. It is anticipated that additional indices defined by class of business will be available in due course.

“Over the coming months, Lloyd’s will seek market input on the initiative as well as discussing appropriate governance measures with the UK regulators.”

Lloyd’s Chairman, John Nelson, described the index initiative as “an exciting and innovative development for Lloyd’s. Our continued success is dependent on being able to develop the tools the market needs and also reflect the environment it is operating in. I believe this proposal would be advantageous to both Lloyd’s and non-Lloyd’s participants, keeping pace with the evolving insurance industry and the new sources of capital now available. We look forward to hearing the views of the market.”

Source: Lloyd’s of London

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