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5 Multiline Insurers to Watch Amid Rising Insurance Demand

Product diversification helps Zacks Multiline Insurance industry players lower concentration risk, ensure uninterrupted revenue generation and improve retention ratio. Better pricing, prudent underwriting, increased exposure and faster economic recovery should benefit MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET), American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG), Prudential Financial Inc. (NYSE: PRU), The Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE: HIG) and Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE: ORI). Accelerated digitalization will help in the smooth functioning of the industry. The solid capital level of the multiline insurers will fuel merger and acquisition (M&A) activities. An improving rate environment should drive investment income higher as insurers are beneficiaries of a better rate environment. About the Industry The Zacks Multiline Insurance industry comprises companies that provide single insurance coverage, bundling automobile, homeowner, long-term care, and life and health insurance to individuals and businesses. The insured pays a single premium and is covered for many things through a single contract. These companies cover commercial and personal properties, automobiles, marine, livestock, aviation, personal accident, life, including permanent and term insurance, supplemental accident and health insurance, workers' compensation, annuity products, private mortgage insurance, et al. The players also provide risk management services. Since the companies offer single insurance coverage for multiple products, customer retention improves. The insured stands to benefit from lower premium payments compared to paying individual premiums for insuring varied products. 3 Trends Shaping the Future of the Multiline Insurance Industry Diversified portfolio lowers concentration risk:  Given the nature of the business, multiline insurers' product and service portfolios are diversified. This lowers concentration risk. Increased awareness, driving higher demand for protection products, should benefit sales and premiums of life insurance operations. Continued improvement in pricing and an increase in exposure should support premium growth. Also, per Deloitte Insights, the transition to green energy and related insurance products, as well as exposure to intangible assets, offers growth opportunities. The increased adoption of artificial intelligence could increase potential cyber threats, thus fueling demand for cyber insurance.  Per a report in Carrier Management, AM Best expects profitable commercial lines and improving personal lines in 2024. Merger and acquisitions:  Consolidation in the multi-line insurance industry is expected to continue as players look to diversify their operations into new business lines and geographies. Buying businesses along the same lines is driven by the players' need to gain a fair market share and grow in their niche areas. Consolidations that slowed down earlier due to inflation are expected to be on the rise again in 2024. Insurance technology companies are expected to top the list ...