ARLINGTON, VA, June 8, 2021 — U.S. commercial insurance prices increased again during the first quarter of 2021, according to leading global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson’s Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS). The survey compared prices charged on policies underwritten during the first quarter of 2021 to those charged for the same coverage and quarter in 2020 and found the aggregate commercial price increase was just below 8%.
Data for nearly all lines indicated significant price increases in the first quarter; however, the increases were lower than those reported in each of the previous three quarters.
Excess/umbrella and directors’ and officers’ liability still showed the largest price increases, while commercial auto and property price increases were also near or above double digits. Workers compensation continued to indicate a slight price reduction, in contrast to nearly all other surveyed lines. Reported price changes for account sizes were more muted for small accounts, below double digits for mid-market accounts, and above double digits for large accounts and specialty lines.
“The rate of price increases has moderated fairly significantly, all while still being elevated versus historical norms. This is evident by the absolute value of the movement from the fourth quarter of last year to now, which is one of the biggest one-quarter movements we’ve seen in survey history,” said Yi Jing, director, Insurance Consulting and Technology, Willis Towers Watson.
CLIPS is a retrospective look at historical changes in commercial property & casualty insurance (P&C) prices and claim cost inflation. A forward-looking analysis of commercial P&C trends, outlook and rate predictions can be found in Willis Towers Watson’s Insurance Marketplace Realities series.
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CLIPS data are based on both new and renewal business figures obtained directly from carriers underwriting the business. CLIPS participants represent a cross section of U.S. P&C insurers that includes many of the top 10 commercial lines companies and the top 25 insurance groups in the U.S. This survey compared prices charged on policies written during the first quarter of 2021 with the prices charged for the same coverage during the same quarter of 2020. For this most recent survey, 39 participating insurers representing approximately 20% of the U.S. commercial insurance market (excluding state workers compensation funds) contributed data.