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Insurance pricing continues to moderate as rates decline in most regions

Insurance rates in the first quarter of 2024 in Asia decline 2% after being flat for the three prior quarters

Singapore | 6 May, 2024

Global commercial insurance rates increased by 1% in the first quarter of 2024 (down from a 2% increase in Q4 2023), 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). 

Rates continued to be relatively consistent, with most regions experiencing small decreases in Q1. This was largely driven by a strengthening of the trend for decreases in financial and professional and cyber lines and increasing competition among insurers in the global property market.

On average, rates declined in the UK, Asia, Pacific, Canada and in India, Middle East & Africa regions by 2%. Rates increased in the US and Europe by 3%, and in Latin America and the Caribbean by 5%. 

Other findings included:

  • Global property insurance rates were up 3%, on average, in the first quarter of 2024, compared to a 6% increase in the previous quarter. In the US, companies with concentrations of assets in catastrophe zones such as the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic coast, and California have begun to see lower increases or even decreases in rates, compared to higher increases in recent years.
  • Asia property insurance rates declined 1%. The rates declined in a number of markets and industries, with the exception of those in catastrophe (CAT) exposed geographies, including Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines, and in select industries, such as technology, with significant business interruption (BI) exposure. Insurers continued to seek validation of property valuations and a deeper understanding of clients’ BI calculations.
  • Casualty insurance rates increased on average by 3%, the same as the previous five quarters, largely due to concerns about the size of jury awards in the US.
  • Asia casualty insurance rates declined 1%. The liability insurance market has remained stable due to ample capacity from domestic and international insurers in the markets, especially when exposure is limited to a specific market or region. Underwriters continue to scrutinise North American exposures and/or critical products specifically in the automotive, technology, and oil and gas industries.  
  • For the seventh consecutive quarter, the overall average pricing for financial and professional lines fell. Driven by rate reductions and increased competition for business – particularly in the US, UK, Pacific, and Canada – average rates decreased by 7% in the first quarter, compared to 6% decline in the previous quarter.
  • Financial and professional lines rates in Asia declined 6%. Many clients experienced rate decreases in public and private directors and officers (D&O) liability, commercial professional indemnity (PI), financial institutions, and flat rates in lines such as crime. Insurers continued to exercise caution with crypto-related assets.
  • Globally, cyber insurance rates decreased by 6%, compared to a 3% decrease in the prior quarter. Insurers are increasingly focused on the strength of organizations’ cybersecurity controls, typically looking for year-over-year improvements in cyber resilience.
  • Asia cyber insurance rates decreased 3%. Underwriters continued to look for and favour companies with strong risk controls. Insurers remained vigilant about ransomware issues and supply chain attacks.

Commenting on the report, Pat Donnelly, President, Marsh Specialty and Global Placement, Marsh, said: “A continued moderation in insurance rates, and an increased appetite among insurers particularly for well-managed risks, will be welcomed by clients that continue to face major global economic and geopolitical uncertainty. 

“In a rapidly changing risk landscape, organizations will be under pressure to improve their risk management capabilities and make themselves more resilient to global shocks. We are working closely with our clients to ensure they have the right tools to navigate these challenges successfully and benefit from the continued improvement in market conditions.”

About Marsh

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