Copying and distributing are prohibited without permission of the publisher
2011 biggest US underwriting loss since 2002
07 February 2012
ANALYSIS: Rating agency AM Best says the US property/casualty (P&C) insurance market had its 2011 results “slammed by catastrophe losses” at home and aboard, leading to losses on commercial, personal and reinsurance lines.
Last year the US P&C market had its biggest underwriting loss since 2002, as catastrophe losses “wreaked havoc on underwriting results”, according to a report issued by AM Best.
AM Best estimates that the industry’s total pre-tax accident-year catastrophe losses were approximately $44.1bn in 2011, more than doubling from an estimated $19.6bn paid in 2010.
The rating agency said the high losses, less favourable loss-reserve development and weak macroeconomic conditions, combined to pile up the industry’s expected combined ratio to 107.5% – a 6.5% deterioration from 2010.
“Insurers were impacted by an unprecedented number of natural catastrophe events in the US and abroad in 2011, resulting in catastrophe-related losses more than doubling the total reported in 2010,” said the report,...
You must be logged in to view this page. If you are already a registered user please log in. Alternatively, you can request a free trial or subscribe.
Subscribers have unlimited access to all current and archive content – start your subscription today to gain immediate access.
A free trial will give you temporary access to the latest news, data, key interviews and analysis (excluding some surveys). Start your free trial today.