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An Analysis of Factors Affecting the Performance of Insurance Companies in Zimbabwe

Batsirai Winmore Mazviona, Mbakisi Dube and Tendai Sakahuhwa

Journal of Finance and Investment Analysis, 2017, vol. 6, issue 1, 2

Abstract: The study sought to examine factors affecting the performance of insurance companies in Zimbabwe. We utilized secondary data from twenty short-term insurance companies. The data was for the period from 2010 to 2014. We used factor analysis and multiple linear regression models to determine the factors affecting performance and identifying their impact. Our findings revealed that expense ratio, claims ratio and the size of a company significantly affect insurance companies’ performance negatively. Whilst leverage and liquidity affect performance positively. We recommend that insurance companies should introduce mechanisms that reduces operational costs such as automated systems.JEL classification numbers: C3, G1, G22Keywords: Performance, Insurance, Regression Analysis, Factor Analysis

Date: 2017
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