MarketScout: Moderating Rate Trend Continues for U.S. Risks

Online insurance exchange MarketScout reported that the composite rate for U.S. commercial insurance increased an average of 3 percent in January 2014.

Commercial auto and workers compensation rates led the way with increases of 4 percent.

However, rates for five coverage classes – inland marine, EPLI, fiduciary, crime and surety – increased by just 1 percent.

Richard Kerr, CEO of MarketScout noted that the  average rate  increase in January 2014 barely matched year-end 2013  at plus 3 percent:

If we were to post rate changes by fractional increments, you would see the actual increase at 2.55 percent, so the moderation trend continues.†

Additional capacity, insurance linked securities and a more stable economic environment (despite recent stock market adjustments) are partly responsible for the moderating rate environment, according to MarketScout.

Hat tip to Business Insurance which reports here.

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