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The Bahamas is ranked fourth amongst the leading offshore financial centers (OFC) in the world. According to the IMF, the Bahamian financial sector accounted for 12% of total foreign bank assets held at global offshore financial centers at the end of March 2012. The large financial sector has benefited the insurance industry in the country, which is well-developed with a high penetration rate of 8.5% in 2012. The industry is very competitive, with 24 domestic (including both-life and non-life insurers) and 15 foreign insurers (including captive insurers). The Insurance Commission of the Bahamas (ICB) is the regulator of the industry. The Bahamian economy, which is highly dependent on financial and tourism sectors, was impacted by the global financial crisis, leading to a stagnation of growth for the insurance industry.