January 10th, 2019

Balance Sheet Expansion: Opportunities and Challenges

Posted at 1:16 AM ET

balance_sheet_expansionFrom 2014 to 2017, the property and casualty (P&C) industry in the United States grew its collective capital position from USD 686 billion to USD 767 billion, a 3.8 percent compound annual growth rate*. This expansion in capital was achieved during a period when the normalized return profile of the P&C underwriting business was considered to be below the cost of capital. The growth of industry capital during this period of subpar underwriting returns provides insights into the expectations for carriers’ opportunities and challenges through 2018 and into the years ahead.

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* In 2018 through the end of the 3rd quarter, industry Surplus had grown by 3.3%.

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