• Q2 2022 has seen a continued shift in the global insurance market to more stable market conditions, with modest price increases, coupled with a capacity reprieve in many products and geographies.
  • While the need to smooth insurance market volatility seems to have largely subsided, widespread uncertainty continues amidst record breaking inflation, ongoing geopolitical instability, and widespread supply chain and labour challenges.
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Our latest Global Market Insights Report provides cThe Q2 2022 report highlights a continued shift in market conditions from the challenging environment experienced over the last two years to a more moderate market, with modest price increases coupled with a capacity reprieve in many products and geographies. It also examines the strengthening demand for alternative risk financing options, such as captives, amidst ongoing global uncertainty, and casts a lens on how market trends are impacting the Food, Agribusiness and Beverage industry.

Key trends include:

  • ESG concerns gained prevalence in underwriting: ESG-related challenges such as extreme weather events, supply chain disruptions and public health crises continued to create volatility and uncertainty, for insurers and the risk community at large. Insurers scrutinised organisations’ ESG maturity and their plans for achieving disclosed targets and continued to consider the potential value of ESG ratings for underwriting purposes.
  • Rising inflation drove up exposures and claims costs: Rising inflation led to exposure increases across property values, revenues, and vehicle costs, and began to drive increases in claims costs such as labour, repair and rebuild expenses, and verdicts and settlements. Exposure growth and projected claims inflation were key topics of underwriting discussion. Meanwhile, increased interest rates and improved investment income reduced pressure on underwriting profit.
  • Insurance premiums increased modestly due to opposing market forces: While competitive market pressures and a focus on profitable growth served to tamp down rate increases, rising inflation and valuation scrutiny increased exposures, resulting in modest premium increases.

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