Marsh — Commercial Insurance Rates Moderating


Marsh recently released a report on insurance rates on a worldwide scale. Comparing the first quarter of 2022 to the fourth quarter of 2021, the United States saw commercial insurance rates jumping an average of 12%.

The fourth quarter of 2021 had a 14% average hike.

Marsh says worldwide, commercial rates rose 11%. That compares to the 13% we saw in the fourth quarter of 2021. Marsh said the drop shows a moderation of commercial rates that began in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Spokeswoman Lucy Clarke said it’s the 18th consecutive quarter of high increases. She noted the increases stretch across all lines of commercial insurance. However, we might soon be looking at steeper decreases in rates.

The war in Ukraine, while most importantly a humanitarian tragedy, has added pressure to what is already a challenging insurance market for our clients,” Clarke said. We are also beginning to see the impact of rising inflation on loss costs and exposure growth, which in turn could affect pricing.”

Clarke said the financial and professional insurance lines are increasing more than the property and casualty lines. The financial and professional line rates jumped 26% in the first quarter of 2022.

P&C rates only rose 7% and 4% respectively.

She pointed out the increases in financial and professional lines have been heavily impacted by the triple-digit rate increases in cyber insurance. In the U.S. those rates rose 110% in quarter one of 2022.

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