Understand Life insurance in Luxembourg
- Life insurance: A way of providing security via foresight
- Non-Life Insurance: Everyday Insurance
Luxembourg, a major player at the European level in the field of insurance and reinsurance.
Luxembourg insurance professionals have a unique role in Europe in designing wealth management solutions to meet the challenges faced by multinationals and internationally mobile individuals.
In Europe, each country is required to have a regulatory body responsible for the safe and proper functioning of the insurance sector, by making sure that all (re)insurance companies established and operating in its jurisdiction, comply with the laws and regulations in force.
In Europe, the ‘twin peaks’ supervisory model is frequently which incorporates all financial sectors under the separate supervision of prudential and conduct regulation respectively.
One of the specificities of Luxembourg is to have a separate regulator for the different financial sectors so that prudential and conduct supervision are carried out by the same regulator, dedicated solely to (re)insurance activities.
Insurance In Luxembourg
The Commissariat aux Assurances (CAA), an independent regulatory authority , is the body officially responsible for the supervision of the insurance sector in Luxembourg; responsible for monitoring all players in the (re)insurance sectors and enforcement of Luxembourg and EU laws to ensure their activities do not harm the interests of customers.
The stability of the economic, political and social environment, the uncompromising legislation on the protection of consumer rights and the fact that the country has a strong history as an international financial centre, where business is conducted on a multilingual basis; makes Luxembourg attractive to foreign (re)insurers. The presence of the international groups is demonstration of this.
History of Luxembourg Insurance
Insurance under the freedom to provide services from Luxembourg
In addition to these characteristics specific to Luxembourg, the European Union has been working since the beginning of the 90s to create a Single Market.
This is embodied in the European passport and is reflected in the freedom of establishment of companies as well as the freedom to provide services (LPS) across the European internal market.
This construction was carried out in stages and is framed by European Community legal instruments. Today, the European consumer can freely choose their insurance product from a provider in any of the countries of the EU.
Historically, Luxembourg’s geographical proximity placed it at the forefront of international trading networks. Luxembourg’s competence in financial services means there is a broad network of expertise within the country, giving rise to innovative (re)insurance solutions.
When combined with the flexibility offered in terms of multilingualism, many large international (re)insurers have chosen to do business and distribute their products from Luxembourg under the EU LPS regime.
The CAA has strong actuarial capabilities which provides confidence in the market, and products alike.
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What is life insurance?
Life insurance is an insurance of persons, which covers natural persons against risks inherent to human life and physical integrity such as illness, accident, disability and death.
Life insurance contracts can come in many forms: a lump sum payment in the case of death of the insured; contract paying a benefit to the policy owner upon death of the insured; a term life policy which may expire after a certain number of years; a savings contracts at a guaranteed rate or in units of account.
The type of life insurance chosen will depend on the policyholder’s wishes and profile. The so-called “classic” life insurances offer a certain level of security and foresight, while the so-called “savings” insurances offer greater flexibility.
Life insurance in Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a major player in life insurance at the pan-European level. Unlike its neighbours , Luxembourg is internationally oriented.
Since the early 1990s, the European Directives on the Freedom to Provide Services has been used in Luxembourg to provide insurers with a framework to serve other European countries.
Today, most Luxembourg-based companies operating under the Freedom to Provide Services have more than 20 years of experience, and therefore a unique expertise in pan-European insurance matters.
The unit-linked life insurance contract taken out in Luxembourg combines the advantages of Luxembourg prudential and conduct law with the civil and fiscal specificities of the subscriber’s country of residence.
There are many reasons to choose a Luxembourg life insurance policy
- Unique policyholder protection in Europe (“Triangle of Security”);
- Cross-border expertise;
- Access to a large choice of underlying assets (Euro funds, Internal Funds,
- Internal Dedicated Funds…);
- Products that comply with the law of the subscriber’s country of residence;
- Legal and regulatory framework in compliance with European Directives;
- Tax neutrality (the tax system is that of the country of residence of the contract holder);
- Economic strength and stability of the country (AAA rating).
What is Non-Life insurance?
In the sense of the European Directives, so-called “non-life” insurance concerns property, liability and health insurance. Their commitments are essentially short-term, since they generally settle claims within less than two years, with a few exceptions such as civil liability, surety and construction insurance.
Their clientele consists of households and businesses. Their activity covers both automobile and health insurance contracts as well as the assumption of more specific risks related, for example, to maritime and air transport, or business interruption due to natural disasters or cyber attacks.
Non-life insurance in Luxembourg
Luxembourg has historically stood out for its success in life insurance and reinsurance. However, following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the country is assuming an increasingly important role as a European hub for non-life insurance, and major players have established themselves in Luxembourg to continue to distribute their insurance solutions to European residents.
The fact that a significant number of companies have chosen to locate in Luxembourg underlines the quality of the resources available and the regulatory framework.