The strong real-estate cycle continued to march forward and even the much discussed concern over the Federal Reserve’s increase in interest rates in 4Q2015 did not seem to have an effect on slowing it down. Investors, especially foreign capital, continued to want exposure to U.S. real estate in all of its forms, and this has driven values higher.
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In 2015, primary insurers were disciplined in their underwriting for the most part. Increases varied based on the risk characteristics, but for most accounts, year-over-year increases were generally flat despite the fact that some carriers were targeting higher increases.
This market report will provide a snapshot on current industry topics, industry E&O snapshot, claims activity and our forecast for 2016.
As the U.S. economy continues to recover, so too have the businesses of most of our private and nonprofit clients. As a result, D&O markets generally have seen marginal rate increases from 0% to 5%, whereas previously rate increases ranged from 5% to 10% when there was no change in financial condition, exposures or losses.
The year 2015 should be remembered as the year that the cyber insurance market took a first step toward risk engineering following the mega breaches of 2013 and 2014.
Fiduciary liability insurance renewals were stable in 2015. This coverage line continues to be the least affected by market changes of all management liability coverages.
Favorable loss ratios and new capacity led to improved market conditions in 2015. Commercial banks with healthy risk profiles saw flat renewal premiums.
The D&O marketplace took a rather abrupt shift midway through 2015 after almost exactly four years of D&O price increases for nearly all companies, regardless of market segment.
U.S. GDP growth slowed to a paltry 0.7% in the 4th quarter of 2015. Not bad, considering the global environment, but how long the U.S. economy can stay insulated from the rest of the world continues to be questioned.
In 2015, we saw a pronounced shift in the asset manager professional liability insurance market, beginning the year as relatively stable and finishing as very soft. This time last year, we were seeing all of the earmarks of the beginning of a soft professional liability insurance market for asset managers.