Insurance premiums set to rise. Where are we at in the insurance cycle?

International Insurance can be a balancing act

There are different characteristics of the market cycle.

A soft market is generally characterised by low rates, high limits and readily available cover. Whereas in a hard market premiums increase, insurers capacity generally decreases and some activities and industries
may no longer be insurable.

This can be caused by a number of factors:

  • increases in frequency or severity of losses
  • cost of reinsurance
  • reduced capacity
  • falling investment returns/low interest rates regulatory intervention

One of our jobs as your trusted advisor is to make sure you’re kept up-to-date with any changes that are happening within our industry.

This last year has been a difficult time in Australian Insurance.

Catastrophic events have led to a dramatic increase of claims and premiums have sky rocketed.   

What does this mean for you?

Insurers have seen a significant increase in claims, mainly due to natural disasters including flash flooding, hailstorms and bushfires. Tie that in with a global pandemic and we are seeing significant rises to premiums across the board.

Your premiums could be higher this renewal period than that of previous years… how come?

Premiums are determined by insurers profitability and available capacity which influences the insurance cycle. Depending on where we are within the cycle, reflects the cost of premiums.

In recent times, we’ve seen insurers increase premiums and carefully chose what risks they will insure due to the high volume in claims which have pushed the insurance cycle rapidly into the ‘hard market’.

Premiums and excesses are increasing for some if not all insurance classes and cover is becoming much more restrictive and expensive to place.

What’s next?

Unfortunately, we predict rates will continue to rise into the foreseeable future, therefore talking to your broker very early before renewal couldn’t be more important. 

We’re always available to chat. Reach out to your account executive today if you have any questions. 

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