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Insurance prices continue to stabilise as the US cyber market records second quarterly decrease since the second half of 2018.

Asia composite pricing stays flat, with declines in financial and professional lines and casualty, but moderate increase in property insurance pricing. 

Singapore, 6 November, 2023 – Global commercial insurance prices increased 3% in the third quarter of 2023, the same as the prior quarter, according to the Global Insurance Market Index released today by Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor and a business of Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC). The third quarter marks the 24th consecutive quarter of pricing increases.

Pricing continued to be relatively consistent across almost all regions in Q3. As with Q2, this was driven largely by a continuation of the trend for rate decreases in financial and professional lines and a small decrease for prices in the cyber insurance market. This was offset by property insurance increases, most notably in the US where property prices rose on average by 14%.

In Asia, composite pricing was flat in the third quarter of 2023. In the UK, composite pricing decreased by 1% (compared to a 1% increase in Q2). In the US, prices rose overall by 4% on average, and increased in Latin America and the Caribbean by 10% (up from 8% in Q2), increased in Europe by 4% (down from 5% in Q2) and increased in Pacific by 1% (down from 2%). For the first time, the Global Insurance Market Index is separately reporting results for Canada, where prices in Q3 decreased by 1%, and India, Middle East & Africa, which recorded an increase of 3%.

Other findings included:

  • Global property insurance pricing was up 7%, on average, in the third quarter of 2023, a fall from an increase of 10% in the previous quarter; casualty insurance pricing increased 3%, the same as the previous three quarters. 
  • Asia property insurance pricing increased 2% in the quarter. Businesses in natural catastrophe exposed geographies faced greater scrutiny from insurers. While inflation continued to ease from the peaks of 2022, insurers remained vigilant on the impact to their portfolios and maintained requests for updated valuations.
  • Asia casualty insurance pricing declined 2% in the quarter, a reflection of abundant capacity and in-country competition between international and local companies, as well as decreased turnover from many insureds.
  • For the fifth consecutive quarter, overall average pricing for financial and professional lines fell. Driven by rate reductions and additional capacity – particularly in the UK – average pricing decreased by 6% in the third quarter, compared to a decline of 8% in Q2.
  • Financial and professional lines pricing in Asia declined 3% in the quarter as markets in Asia saw D&O rates going down from single to double digits. 
  • Globally, cyber insurance pricing decreased by 2%, compared to a 1% increase in the prior quarter. This is the first quarter to record an average decrease since the second half of 2018.
  • In Asia, cyber insurance pricing was flat in the quarter. Cyber rates stabilised as the market’s risk appetite and capacity increased. Underwriters continued to focus on cybersecurity controls; some coverage areas continued to face greater scrutiny, especially regarding war perils, given current geopolitical tensions.

Commenting on the report, Pat Donnelly, President, Marsh Specialty and Global Placement, Marsh, said: “After years of increases, even a modest reduction in cyber rates will be welcomed by clients and in large part is recognition of the hard work they have done to improve their cyber resilience. However, the property market – and property catastrophe in particular – remains challenging and is an area of focus of our work with clients.

“In an uncertain geopolitical and economic environment, we are exploring a wide range of risk mitigation options with clients that can help them to manage the broad range of risks they face, build greater organizational resilience, and gain positive outcomes from insurers at renewal.”

About Marsh

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Phyllis Cheng

Vice President, Corporate Communications, Marsh Asia

  • Singapore