The US commercial insurance composite rate averaged an increase of 2 percent in the fourth quarter 2018, which matches the composite rate for the entire year of 2018 (up 2 percent).
Transportation and commercial auto lead 2018 rate increases in the fourth quarter at plus 6 and 7 percent respectively. Workers’ compensation measured a rate decrease in the fourth quarter of minus 1.5 percent.
Quarter by quarter the composite rate for 2018 hovered between plus 2 to plus 2.5 percent.
Richard Kerr, CEO of MarketScout noted, “Ample capacity remains in the commercial insurance market. Rates for all coverage classifications other than workers’ compensation are increasing at a controlled, slow pace. Only transportation and commercial auto exposures are suffering large rate increases.”
The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research conducted pricing surveys used in MarketScout's analysis of market conditions. These surveys help to further corroborate MarketScout's actual findings, mathematically driven by new and renewal placements across the United States.
A summary of the fourth quarter 2018 rates by coverage, industry class and account size is set forth below.
By Coverage Class
By Account Size
Up to $25,000
$25,001 – $250,000
$250,001 – $1 million
Over $1 million
By Industry Class
For detailed rating analysis or market projections by industry class, coverage or account size, contact Vilma Scott at [email protected].
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