Global Insurance Market Index - 2020 Q2

Overall insurance pricing in the second quarter of 2020 in the Pacific region increased 31%, continuing an upward trend that began in 2015.

Property insurance pricing increased 28% in the quarter, the eleventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year double-digit increases.

  •  Wildfires and other CAT events drove the pricing increase, with concerns surrounding COVID-19 also having an impact.
  • Policy wordings and coverage edits occurred frequently as a means to offset or mitigate pricing increases, adjustments to deductibles, and/or SIR increases.
  • There was little competition among insurers, and a general move toward reducing line sizes (deployed capacity) on major placements, in particular those with CAT exposure.

Casualty pricing rose 9%.

  • Casualty pricing continued to increase in the mid-single digits as it has for three years.
  • Wildfire, construction risks, and clients with US exposures faced significant increases, ranging from 30% to 50% and above, as well as reduced capacity.
  • Competition and capacity in the casualty market began to increase.

Financial and professional liability pricing rose 48% in the quarter, marking 12 consecutive quarters of double-digit increases.

  •  Many listed companies’ D&O programs experienced increases above 100%.
  • There were numerous edits to policy wordings to mitigate pricing impacts, with material changes to deal structure.
  • It was difficult to fill the capacity desired on select programs.
  • Commercial professional indemnity increases ranged from 20% to 25%. 

Global Insurance Market Index - Q2 2020

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