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Contact
  Dataset contact e-mail Monetary.Statistics@ecb.int
 
Data
  Dataset description Indicators on large EU insurance groups (premiums, claims, solvency indicators, profitability indicators, etc.)
  Periodicity Semi-annual
  Timeliness 9 weeks after the end of the reference period
  Data provider European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
  Update frequency Semi-annual
  Catalog Download the series catalogue (complete list of series) of the dataset LIG (Public) (including the metadata): Excel 2013 or the earlier Excel versions.
  ECB dataset naming convention

A series code is composed of the key family identifier (LIG) plus 6 dimensions, each of them separated by a dot.

For example: LIG.H.V3.L.A00.ME.A

Position Dimension Length Example Description
1 Frequency 1 H Semi-annual
2 Reference area 2 V3 European Union
3 Type of insurance business 1 L Life business
4 Item 3 A00 Gross premium written
5 Data type 2 ME Median
6 Series denomination 1 A Annual growth rate

A comprehensive description of the dimensions can be found in LIG Naming Conventions.

 
Methodology
  Geographic coverage European Union
  Sector coverage Insurance corporations
  Transactions Semi-annual flows refer to the cumulative figure from the beginning of the corresponding year.
  Data collection The collection of fast-track data carried out by EIOPA is on a best-effort basis.
  Compilation practices
  • Semi-annual indicators that are based on flow figures are calculated taken the cumulative flows from the beginning of the corresponding year for both, the numerator and the denominator.

  • Semi-annual indicators that combine flow figures and stock figures in one ratio (RoE, RoA), use the cumulative flow over the last two semesters divided by the average stock volume over the last last four quarters.

  • Growth ratios (of both stock and flow figures) use the figures from the current semester and the previous year corresponding semester (y-o-y).
  •   Other aspects

    The sample of large insurance groups underlying each indicator differs across line of business.
    The maximum sample size consists of 27 EU-headquartered large insurance groups for total business and of 25 EU-headquartered large insurance groups for life and for non-life business each (not necessarily being the sample for life business coincident with the sample for non-life business, depending on whether the groups are conducting business in one of the two business lines or both business lines).
    Absolute numbers (e.g. premiums) for total business are in general higher than the sum of life business and non-life business, due to the fact that some reporters are not in a position to differentiate the part of their business coming from life business from the one coming from non-life business. Also, the sample sizes for life business, non-life business and total business need to be interpreted independently from each other.
    The sample size may also differ over time due to changes in the composition of the sample.

    The number of large insurance groups underlying each indicator is collected in dedicated time series: LIG.H.V3.^.^^^.NR.Q .
    For example, the sample size corresponding to indicator LIG.H.V3.T.A00.TO.E “Total business – Gross premium written (absolute amounts)” is stored in the series LIG.H.V3.T.A00.NR.Q .


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