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India’s life sector relaxes in January, YTD

Private insurers maintained growth but at a slower pace compared to last year.

Indian life insurers saw its January jump 27.0% year-on-year (YoY) compared to 20.3% last year, driven by group single premiums, particularly from Life Insurance Council (LIC), and strong private insurer performance.

Yet, year-to-date, new business premiums narrowed their decline to 4.0% from 7.0% for 9MFY24 and a 12.7% fall for 8MFY24, contrasting with a 30.1% growth in YTDFY23. The YoY decline is due to reduced group premiums, new tax regime impact, and March 2023 momentum.

Private insurers maintained growth but at a slower pace compared to last year. FY23 saw significant top-line growth due to Covid constraints easing, non-par segment rise, and increased term policies.

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Industry growth slowed in YTDFY24, attributed to March 2023 policy purchases before budget changes and group business slowdown. 

Despite short-term fluctuations, the life insurance segment's growth potential remains resilient, driven by the existing market protection gap, supportive regulatory framework, and sustained insurance demand.

 

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