General Insurance Article - Global insurance pricing up six percent


Marsh today releases their Global Insurance Market Index for the second quarter of 2019. Key findings include:

 Average commercial insurance pricing increased nearly 6% in second quarter 2019, the largest increase since the survey began in 2012, and the seventh consecutive quarter of average pricing increases.

 Globally, on average, pricing for property risks increased 8%; financial and professional lines rose almost 10%; and casualty increased nearly 1%. In general, pricing increases were more pronounced in large accounts, particularly in property and directors and officers liability (D&O).

 Composite pricing in the second quarter increased in all geographic regions for the third consecutive quarter, largely driven by rates in property and D&O coverages.

 The Pacific region had the largest composite pricing increase in the index (18%), a quarterly trend that has continued for two years. Pacific composite pricing was driven by increases in D&O rates (many organizations experienced high double-digit increases), as well as increases in both CAT and non-CAT property.

 The US, UK, and Asia all reported average pricing increases of 3% or higher.

 Commenting on the findings, Dean Klisura, President, Global Placement at Marsh, said: “Global insurance pricing increased 6% in Q2 2019, double the rate observed in Q1. Although global pricing has now increased every quarter for nearly two years, market capacity remains stable in most products and geographies.”

  

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