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Why Do Property-Liability Insurers Destroy Liquidity? Evidence from South Africa

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Abstract(English): This paper examines liquidity creation behaviour in the property-liability insurance market in South Africa. Using annual data on 76 insurers from 2007 to 2014, the paper employs the three-stage approach to estimate liquidity creation. The results suggest that property-liability insurers are characterised by liquidity destruction by transforming liquid assets in cash and investable securities into illiquid reserves liabilities. The findings also indicate that the R1.32 billion in liquid assets were transformed into illiquid reserves liabilities in 2014, an increase from the R700 million liquidity de-created in 2007. The increases were mainly driven by large insurers which accounted for about 70% liquidity de-created. The results of panel regression analysis provide evidence in support of the "risk-absorption" hypothesis which argues that high levels of capital increases liquidity creation. In addition, size, leverage and reinsurance were also identified as the firm-level factors...
Authors: Alhassan, Abdul Latif
Type: Journal article
Language: English
Subject: Property-Liability
Property-Liability Insurers
Property-Liability Insurance
Illiquid reserves liabilities
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