According to the latest Alliant report, casualty insurance coverage and pricing both declined in the first quarter of 2022, posing possible market issues for both.
While the impact of COVID-19 and the situation in Ukraine is still being assessed, a US insurance broker predicts that insurers will examine policy criteria, continuing a pattern of lowering or limiting coverage.
Furthermore, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues appear to be on the rise, which could influence underwriting decisions by insurers. A greater emphasis on clarifying or excluding chemicals, energy, communicable illness (COVID-19), abuse and molestation, and wildfires is also included in the study.
While worker’s compensation pricing stays profitable, consistent, and steady, vehicle liability pricing remains unprofitable, and rate pressure is expected to continue in 2022.
According to the broker, market pricing is competitive, with modest rises driven primarily by the severity of losses. Umbrella and excess insurance, as well as the market, remain challenging, with rate and client growth being important pricing considerations.
While coverage and pricing have decreased, retentions have stayed consistent with no changes, and capacity has improved, it still confronts possible issues, according to the research.
The research demonstrates that capacity is still limited for tough risks, despite being readily available for less complicated risks this quarter. Many insurers have stated that their priority in 2022 will be on expansion, with the potential to open capacity for tough risks, which will result in big rate changes to reflect the risk.
Finally, new insurance capacity continues to develop, but not at reduced rates or with extremely narrow appetites. Auto liability capacity will likely remain constrained, causing more insurers to leave the market. According to Alliant, the reinsurance market is well-capitalized.