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How to secure greater price reductions in the softening property-cat market

Author SamanthaKimball , 5/9/2014
As detailed in our previous post, we’ve entered a softer market for catastrophe-exposed property insurance, as companies are reducing prices due to an abundance of capital to be deployed and recent profitability. But brokers may be able to secure even greater price reductions for their clients. To do so, you should consider potential ways to restructure the programs, drive carrier competition, and obtain the most complete and accurate data possible for underwriters. Becoming more granular with construction detail can often reduce “modeled expected loss” and drive down prices even further.

What to expect from property catastrophe insurance pricing in 2014

Author SamanthaKimball , 1/14/2014
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As detailed in our last State of the Market report, the end of 2013 brought downward pricing trends in the property catastrophe insurance market. Now that the calendar has turned to 2014, we’re looking closely at the year ahead. Our executive vice president Bob Marsh shared his predictions with me:
  • Some markets will resist the call for lower rates—especially on CAT-driven accounts
  • By avoiding these markets or bringing in new capacity—especially primary— rate reductions of 5 to 25 percent might be realized.
  • Reductions may be partially based on the rate magnitude and rate history in the current pricing.
Of course, we don’t have a crystal ball and many factors could affect rates and pricing in the months ahead. What do you think the property catastrophe market will look like for the remainder of 2014? Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @NAPCOLLC.