Finance, Investments, and Accounting
North American property-casualty insurance companies are positioned for improved underwriting profits in 2022 due to continued commercial lines pricing trends favorable to insurers and likely stabilization of their personal auto business, according to Fitch Ratings.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine will likely have a substantial impact on the global insurance industry in the near to middle terms, particularly given the fallout in the capital markets and the potential for widespread cyber attacks, according to A.M. Best. The invasion has had an immediate negative impact on stock markets.
Amazon's delivery model is a logistical marvel that also creates unique loss risks in its "last-mile" drivers that are well suited to captive insurance. A hard insurance market, like the one that the last-mile industry is facing, is common with relatively new risks that have clear high-risk characteristics.
Commercial property and casualty insurance premiums increased for the 16th consecutive quarter during the third quarter of 2021, according to the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB). According to the CIAB's Commercial Property/Casualty Market Index, prices increased 8.9 percent across all account sizes.
Captive insurance companies should take care in constructing their investment portfolios during times of low yields and potentially rising inflation. Too many investors make the mistake of believing in the powers of the Federal Reserve and forecasts of the experts. It can pay to be cautious.
The conundrum between a captive insurance company choosing a passive investment strategy versus an actively managed strategy has always existed. For a captive, the choice of an active investment strategy versus a passive one should involve considering a number of factors.
Individuals and companies are often too quick to forget about investment risk, or assume the risk probability of the event is too small to happen. Real-life examples also illustrate that there will always be investors reaching for yield, especially in low-interest-rate environments, and when they should beware.