Insured Losses

Residual market property plans – 2016

Executive summary


  • The exposure value of the residual property market in hurricane-exposed states continues its decline from the peak levels seen in 2011. Between 2011 and 2014, total exposure to loss in the plans fell by almost 30 percent to $639 billion. Policy counts in 2014—at around 2.8 million—are also down from their 2011 highs.



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The Northridge, CA, Earthquake 20 Years After: Facts, Figures and Perspectives

The Northridge, California, earthquake of 1994 was the costliest earthquake in U.S. history in terms of insured losses.

Background on: Flood insurance

The topic

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States, causing billions in economic losses each year. Most U.S. natural disasters declared by the president involve flooding.

There is no coverage for flooding in standard homeowners or renters policies or in most commercial property insurance policies. Coverage is available in a separate policy from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and from a few private insurers. Despite efforts to publicize this, many people exposed to the risk of floods still fail to purchase flood insurance.

Spotlight on: Catastrophes - Insurance issues

The topic

The term “catastrophe” in the property insurance industry denotes a natural or man-made disaster that is unusually severe. An event is designated a catastrophe by the industry when claims are expected to reach a certain dollar threshold, currently set at $25 million, and more than a certain number of policyholders and insurance companies are affected.

Facts + Statistics: Hurricanes

The official Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November, but occasionally storms form outside those months. September is the most common month for hurricanes making landfall in the U.S., followed by August and October, according to an analysis of 1851 to 2015 data by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. No hurricanes made U.S. landfall before June and after November during the period studied.

Facts + Statistics: Global catastrophes

2016 natural catastrophes

Facts + Statistics: U.S. catastrophes

2016 natural catastrophes