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Marsh Finds Global Commercial Insurance Pricing Increased 11 Percent

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February 12, 2020

Marsh's fourth quarter 2019 Global Insurance Market Index revealed that commercial insurance prices increased 11 percent. The report's findings compare the following regions: the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific. 

Average price increases were driven principally by increases in property insurance rates and financial and professional lines. Marsh identified the following key findings from its report. 

  • The fourth quarter of 2019 was the ninth consecutive quarter of average price increases.
  • Globally, on average, pricing for property risks increased 13 percent; financial and professional lines rose nearly 18 percent; and casualty increased 3 percent.
  • Composite pricing in the fourth quarter increased in all geographic regions for the fifth consecutive quarter.
  • All global regions reported average pricing increases of 5 percent or higher for the first time since the index began.
  • The Pacific region had the largest composite pricing increase in the index (21 percent), a quarterly trend that has continued for 3 years. Pacific composite pricing was largely driven by increases in directors and officers rates, as well as increases in property. 

Commenting on the findings, Dean Klisura, president, global placement and advisory services at Marsh, said, "The impact of natural catastrophe losses and increasing concern about litigation trends have led to price increases for many insurance buyers. Global pricing has now increased every quarter for 2 years, and while capacity largely remains strong, there has been tightening in certain product lines and regions." 

The full report is available on the Marsh website.

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