Q3 2023 Signals Six Years of Premium Increases for Commercial Lines: CIAB

By | November 30, 2023

Overall commercial property/casualty premiums increased slightly more than 8% on average in the third quarter, marking six full years of steady increases.

According to The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers’ Q3 Market Survey, the 8.1% average increase in Q3 compared to 8.9% in Q2, is the 24th straight quarter with increases – seen across most lines of business except for workers compensation and directors & officers.

For the first time since the first three months of 2017, D&O premiums decreased, albeit slightly, at an average of -0.3%. This continued a trend of moderation in D&O since its peak average increase of 16.8% in Q2 2020. And for the seventh consecutive quarter, workers compensation saw premium decreases, at -2%.

At the other end of the spectrum, commercial property maintained the distinction of having the highest average premiums increases at 17.1% as reinsurance pricing, a lack of capacity, and upticks in the frequency and severity of events continued to affect the line.

Of note, the report this quarter showed clients’ ” rate fatigue” and possible developing distrust in the industry. Of those surveyed, 70% said clients described a level of rate fatigue and 48% said clients felt burdened by information requested by carriers on applications.

“More concerning,” said The Council, “was that 42% of respondents also mentioned that their client displayed a level of mistrust towards the industry, provoked by the persistent increases across most lines and cuts to coverage in key lines like commercial auto and commercial property.”

Topics Trends Commercial Lines Pricing Trends Business Insurance

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