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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
"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,...
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