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Premiums to Increase as Commercial rates end 54-month decline

March 11, 2018

Global commercial insurance prices have increased for the first time in more than four years, lifted by gains in the catastrophe-hit property sector, according to Marsh.

Large catastrophe losses in the third quarter drove up global property insurance pricing.

The broker’s Global Insurance Market Index snapped an 18-quarter losing streak, rising to 0.888 points in the December quarter from 0.886 points in the preceding quarter.

The Global Insurance Composite Pricing Change showed a 0.8% rise, its first since the first quarter of 2013.

“Although property pricing generally increased, market capacity remains abundant,” Marsh says. “Pricing in all regions showed either a lessening of the pace of decrease or a moderate increase in the fourth quarter.”

Pricing for property grew 3.2% in the December quarter, while financial and professional lines recorded a 0.1% gain.

In the US, property pricing was 3.6% higher, but casualty declined 2.8% and financial and professional fell 1.6%.

In Australia composite pricing grew for the fourth consecutive quarter, with the December quarter logging in a 10.4% gain.

All major product lines recorded price gains, with financial and professional lines registering the strongest rise at 15.8%. Property grew 9.5% and casualty 6.4%. 

 

Source:

http://www.insurancenews.com.au/international/commercial-rates-end-54-month-decline 

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