Morning Briefing: Commercial lines generally positive says Marsh

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Commercial lines generally positive says Marsh
The commercial insurance sector is largely positive according to the latest US market report from Marsh. It says that, barring unforeseen events, ample capacity and competition are expected to continue to put near term downward pressure on insurance rates in major classes of commercial property/casualty business. It warns though that macroeconomics globally could add pressure and also highlights recent earnings, senior management changes and re-underwriting at several companies need to be monitored.

US commercial property insurance rates declined on average between 5 and 10 per cent for non-catastrophe exposed risks and between 5 and 15 per cent for moderately catastrophe-exposed risks.

“With 2016 under way, the global insurance marketplace appears to be heading in the general direction of soft pricing, reflecting insurer capacity, competition, and relatively low catastrophe losses,” said Robert Bentley, president of Marsh’s US and Canada Division. “Now, however, is not the time to be complacent. Organizations need to stay abreast of the ever-changing marketplace and risk landscape, where new and emerging risks can quickly escalate if not properly managed.”

The report highlights the growing demand for cyber cover where rates increased 10-15 per cent in the first half of 2015 and are expected to grow in 2016.
 
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