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04 May 2021
Global commercial insurance prices increased 18% in the first quarter of 2021, according to the Global Insurance Market Index released today by Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor. The quarter is the first to show a fall in the average rate of increase since the index reported the first rise in global rates in Q4 2017. It follows year-on-year average increases of 22% in the fourth quarter and 20% in the third quarter of 2020.
According to the index, increases across geographies moderated due to generally slower rate rises in property insurance and financial and professional lines. The UK, with a composite pricing increase of 35% (down from 44% in Q4 2020) and the Pacific region, with a 29% increase (down from 35% in Q4 2020) drove the global composite rate. The rate of increase in the US was 14% (down from 17%), in Pacific 29% (down from 35%), in Asia 8% (down from 11%), and in Latin America and the Caribbean 5% (down from 9%).
Among other findings, the survey noted:
As in other regions, pricing in Asia was driven by property insurance and financial and professional lines. Property insurance pricing across Asia rose 10%, a moderation from the 16% increase in the fourth quarter of 2020. Casualty insurance pricing in Asia remained generally flat, as it has for more than three years. Financial and professional lines pricing across Asia rose 23%, the largest increase observed in several years and the eighth consecutive quarter of increase. The cyber insurance market in Asia faced considerable upward pressure on rates and deductibles, with a reduction in capacity and narrowing of key coverages. The premium increase was up to 50%, on average, across all industries, as underwriters are scrutinizing risks due to market concerns with ransomware and overall aggregation.
Commenting on the report, Lucy Clarke, President, Marsh Specialty and Marsh Global Placement, said: “Although we will continue to see price increases in some lines and the market overall will remain challenging for our clients, we expect price increases to continue to moderate throughout the rest of the year.”
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