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THE TAKAFUL AND RE-TAKAFUL INDUSTRY

Although the Takaful industry has seen double digit growth since 2010 according to reports, it still suffers from a lack of penetration in supposedly vibrant markets, and is still performing at what is considered to be lackluster levels. Saudi Arabia remains by far the largest Takaful market, contributing US$4.3 billion or 51.8% of the industry at an average contribution per operator of US$141 million. Malaysia, considered one of the largest markets in the Islamic capital market space, grew 24% to reach contributions of US$1.4 billion at an average contribution per operator of US$141 million. The UAE, with contributions of US$818 million, has charted a growth rate of 28%; whilst Sudan, which is considered to be the most significant market outside of the GCC and Southeast Asia, has seen more than 7% growth since 2010, with contributions totalling US$363 million.

Many within the industry have admitted to a gamut of issues which need to be addressed urgently and effectively in order to allow the industry to perform at its best; particularly in the investment space, where Takaful companies are suffering from a dearth of long-term investment opportunities to suit their risk and investment profiles. Another issue stems from the lack of risk-based capital, where there is a mismatch between the companies’ assets and liabilities, and the universal issue of lack of talent and understanding of Shariah based insurance products.

And although the global credit crisis has contributed to the slow-down in the growth of the Takaful industry, with lower returns all round for shareholders and Takaful policyholders and slower business growth on the back of a contracting economy, there is still much untapped potential in the re-Takaful sector, which has on the contrary seen new players entering the market due to the lower entry cost for re-Takaful operators, and the ability to write business on a global scale.

In this issue of Islamic Finance news Supplements, we take a closer look at the fundamentals of the Takaful industry, its issues from a macro and micro perspective, and what needs to be done to mitigate these problems in order to prevent a stagnation of growth within a sector which is ultimately brimming with potential.

 

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CONTENTS
 
 
Latest Issue
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Volume 11 Issue 42
   
Cover Story
IFN Rapid
News Briefs
Asset Management
Takaful
Ratings
Moves
IFN Reports
  Building on Sri Lanka’s growth story: Amana Candor Shariah Income Fund
  IFN Global Trendswatch
  IFN Weekly Poll: If the Islamic asset management industry were to have one dedicated ‘center’, which would be most suited?
  IFN Dealogic roundup
  Oil uncertainty: a launchpad for Islamic finance?
  Unpublished private placement ratings — too early to tell
  On a Wing and a Prayer: Breaking down barriers
  New Islamic bank for Tunisia
  Islamic finance landing opportunities in aviation world
  Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE spearhead growth opportunities in the GCC
  Solid micro and macroeconomic environment pushes Al Samaha Islamic Fund to the top
  Sovereign Sukuk: Back to Asia
  Meezan Bank concludes HSBC Pakistan acquisition, targets high net worth customer base
  Positive third quarter results for Saudi banks
IFN Country Correspondents
  Completion of repayment of Qatari loans by Egypt in November
  Slow growth in Nigeria’s Islamic finance industry
  Tunisia looking to debut Sukuk by the end of 2014
IFN Sector Correspondent
  Islamic PE and VC: Under-represented but improving
IFN Country Analysis
  Growing market: Islamic finance in Bangladesh
IFN Sector Analysis
  Reviving the Islamic securitization market
Features
  Singapore as a hub for Islamic wealth management
According to an annual survey conducted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state’s central bank and regulatory authority...
  The growth of Islamic derivatives
The reputation of financial derivatives suffered greatly during the financial crisis...
  GCC’s low insurance penetration gives Malaysia a head start in Islamic insurance
Although the Gulf region is the world’s largest market for Takaful, the sector has yet to truly flourish in any of the six GCC states...
Case Study
South Africa’s maiden Sukuk: A well-received Islamic paper

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