Closing the protection gap and more daily news

Swiss Re yesterday published the results of a survey undertaken this year to understand New Zealanders' attitudes and behaviours towards life insurance:

The inaugural report, Closing New Zealand's mortality protection gap, estimates that the mortality protection gap for New Zealand households – the gap between households' financial resources and the protection they need to maintain their living standard in the event of the death of a primary earner – at USD 435 billion (NZD 670 billion) as of 2020. 

The findings show that this gap is projected to widen to more than USD 500 billion (>NZD 750 billion) within the next 10 years, in part due to rising consumption and household debt levels. As an industry, there is a need to act now.

The current COVID-19 crisis has increased the sense of risk and insecurity. More than 80% of those surveyed in New Zealand believe that losing the income of the primary earner will affect their family significantly. This is slightly higher than the 72% of all advanced Asia Pacific markets Swiss Re surveyed prior to COVID-19.

Swiss Re's findings show almost two thirds of households in New Zealand have some form of mortality protection gap. About a fifth of households have just 10% or less of the financial resources required to cover their protection needs; in other words, a protection gap of 90%.

The report also examines how to close the gap in New Zealand. Swiss Re estimates that in the decade to 2030, this could be achieved with an additional USD 1.5 billion (NZD 2.3 billion) of life premiums every year. Yet only 39% of consumers reported owning a life insurance policy, and survey responses find that buying life cover is not their default option for increasing security.

You can download the report here:  Closing the mortality protection gap in New Zealand | Swiss Re

Other daily news:

AIA Vitality is offering 1,000 points for members to get their Covid-19 vaccine

Montoux, sellers of decision science software, is running a seminar on engaging long-term care insurance clients

nib: are joining Protecht, sellers of risk management software, for a seminar on culture and conduct risk management.

Partners Life: an interview with Life Kris Ballantyne and Mark Leishman discussing financial literacy can be found here:


RBNZ reveals cyber resilience guidance, and more daily news

RBNZ has revealed that the cyber resilience guidance for regulated entities has been finalised. The guide outlines cyber resilience expectations for all entities regulated by the RBNZ. International and national cybersecurity standards were used to create the guide. The guide is designed to raise awareness and promote cyber resilience of the financial sector, with a focus on the board and senior management level of all regulated entities. RBNZ has said that the guide provides high-level principle-based recommendations for entities and is intended to be used as an overarching framework for governance and management of cyber risk. The guide can be tailored to meet the specific needs and technologies of entities.

“The Reserve Bank – Te Pūtea Matua has finalised its guidance on what regulated entities should consider when building their cyber resilience.

The guidance outlines the Reserve Bank’s expectations around cyber resilience, and draws heavily from leading international and national cybersecurity standards and guidelines. The guidance applies to all entities the Reserve Bank regulates, including registered banks, licensed non-bank deposit takers, licensed insurers and designated financial market infrastructures

The finalised guidance on cyber resilience aims to raise awareness of, and ultimately promote, the cyber resilience of the financial sector, especially at the board and senior management level of regulated entities.

The guidance provides high-level principle-based recommendations for entities and primarily serves as an overarching framework for the governance and management of cyber risk, which entities can tailor to their own specific needs and technologies, rather than as an explicitly detailed or technical set of instructions.

The intention is to illustrate current best practice and encourage continual improvement beyond these practices into all areas where entities can further strengthen their cyber resilience.” Click here to read more

In other news

From Stuff: Waiting in Pain: People without money and insurance the ones who suffer

From ThinkAdvisor: Life Coverage Gap Grows: 2021 Insurance Barometer Study