From cyber risk to the changing regulatory landscape to increasing liability challenges for directors and officers, risks continue to evolve within the financial and professional liability insurance marketplace. What’s in store in the year ahead? Continue reading…
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A line by line comparison of respondents’ appetites in the prior year’s survey with those of this year reveals some changes in emphasis. Workers compensation and medical malpractice experienced large growth in percent of respondents who were currently writing, looking for new growth or aggressively seeking growth. The property line grew by 6 percentage points to become only the second line, outside of general liability, where the majority of respondents say they are pursuing business. Inland marine, accident & health and professional liability for insurance agents showed significant declines in business pursuit. Overall, many of the lines saw drops in appetite or remained unchanged. It appears that current economic conditions and elevating loss ratios are keeping carriers’ growth expectations in commercial lines business relatively flat.
Guy Carpenter today released its July 1 Renewal Briefing that shows price declines have continued to moderate, predominantly on programs covering US wind. Overall pricing was down again at the July renewal across virtually all geographies and lines of business. However, additional limit placed over the past few months is partially responsible for the stabilization of price declines, particularly for US property. Increased demand for reinsurance and expansion of tailored coverage persisted through the July renewal period from previous seasons.
Guy Carpenter today announced the launch of its new US Healthcare & Life Specialty Practice which will focus exclusively on the unique needs of health providers and insurers in this evolving segment. The practice will consist of a team of more than 50 health, healthcare and life broking professionals and actuaries dedicated to helping clients develop and implement strategies to best underwrite and manage the unique risks of this expanding and specialized market.
Australia & New Zealand
The handful of casualty placements in Australia/New Zealand at the July 1, 2012, renewal continued to operate against a backdrop of a benign claims environment. As a result, reinsurers were constrained in their efforts to increase rates to offset their declines in investment interest income. General casualty lines renewed within a range of down 4 percent to up 3 percent, with reinsurers seeking rate increases of 3 percent to 5 percent.
Employers Liability/General Casualty - United Kingdom:
Reinsurance rate reductions were achieved on accounts with good performance. Those accounts with a notable PPO exposure and where reinsurance purchasing was at a higher attachment point were subjected to higher volatility loadings.
Continental European Legislative and Judicial Trends: Auditors’ Liability in Spain, From Unlimited to Limited
The September 2010 issue of this series covered the controversial topic of auditors’ liability, and subsequently the September 2011 issue referred to the Consolidated Text of the Accounts Audit Act of July 1, approved by Royal Legislative Decree 1/2011 (RLD 1/2011), which abrogated the Accounts Audit Act (AAA) then in force. The RLD 1/2011 has been in force since July 3, 2011. The following provides an update to the September 2010 report and expands on the issue.
Continental European Legislative and Judicial Trends: Insurance Market for Public Servants in Light of New Act on Financial Liability of Public Servants for the Grave Violation of the Law in Poland
A new regulation, the act on the Financial Liability of Public Servants for the Grave Violation of the Law (FLPS), may impact the Polish insurance market in the next few years. FLPS concerns the financial liability of public servants towards the State Treasury, the territorial government unit or other legal persons that bear liability for damages inflicted while exercising public authority. The Polish Parliament passed the act on January 20, 2011, and it became effective on May 17, 2011.
Directors & Officers
D&O reinsurance rates were flat slightly at the January 1, 2012, renewal, despite small rate increases on some primary and lower excess insurance layers in recent months. Pricing was more competitive on higher excess insurance layers and is down approximately 10 percent year over year. For 2012 modest price increases in primary and first excess insurance layers are likely, especially in light of rate changes over the past few months. Rate decreases on excess insurance layers will be smaller, resulting in a net flattening. Small and medium-sized businesses are likely to follow the same trajectory.