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Gulf insurer ratings not hit by geopolitical risks: S&P

DUBAI, January 9, 2020

Ratings on insurance companies in the Gulf are not immediately affected by the growing geopolitical tensions in the region following the ongoing fallout between the US and Iran, said S&P Global Ratings.

“We maintain our view that any military action by either side will be limited, and will not lead to a fully-fledged, direct military confrontation,” the global ratings agency said.

“Our ratings on Gulf sovereigns already take into account the region's geopolitical volatility. We also do not believe that the current political tensions will have an immediate impact on the business risk and financial risk profiles of insurers in the region.

“However, a further escalation of the conflict could undermine confidence and investment in the region and lead to a slowdown in economic growth and more volatility in the region's stock markets, affecting business volumes and putting pressure on both investment returns and capitalization levels.

“Reinsurers are also likely to review rates for war coverage, as was the case following the attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz in 2019, which led to significant increases. We will closely monitor the potential long-term effect of the geopolitical tension in the region and the subsequent impact on the insurers' business risk and financial risk profiles,” S&P Global Ratings said. – TradeArabia News Agency




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