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The current Property market is not what most would consider a “traditional hard market,” where demand exceeds supply. Despite a strong capital position, most of the property market continues to harden at an increasing rate. In addition to the usual drivers, several new or heightened factors are affecting the market. Our Q3 State of the Property Market report examines these issues as well as impacts across several industry segments.
In true 2020 fashion, this week is shaping up to be a historic weather event with Tropical Storms Laura and Marco headed for the Gulf. Numerous catastrophic events combined with the precarious economic environment continue to impact market conditions. AmWINS is on your team, especially now. This special report provides claims resources and market insights.
In the current economic climate, many small businesses are struggling and some may even fail. Despite these challenges and the continued hardening market, there is opportunity for retailers to write and retain business. This article provides guidance on navigating the complex small business marketplace and helps retailers fine tune their understanding of what insurable risks will look like over the next 12 to 24 months.
Severe weather can be unpredictable and strike at any time. Help your clients be prepared in the event their property is damaged by a hurricane, tornado, hailstorm or similar disaster with these 10 catastrophe claim tips.
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, our industry is facing a broad array of challenges that impact insureds of every size and in every industry. In the first of a series of webinars, we hear from an economist on the financial impacts of COVID-19 and what we can expect in the future. This webinar is intended to complement your conversations with clients about how to plan for the next 12 to 24 months.
This podcast features an update from John Neal, CEO of Lloyd’s, on the state of the Lloyd's market and their response to COVID-19 as well as a panel discussion with London Property underwriters on how they view the pandemic's impact both the Property sector and their syndicate's business.
Ninety-eight percent of all United States counties were impacted by a flood event in 2018, yet many property owners remain unaware of their true risk of flood or what their existing policies cover. This article highlights key statistics about flood risk and outlines the differences between the National Flood Insurance Program and private market flood insurance.
The disruptive impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on supply chains is already having a pronounced effect on the world of logistics and logistics insurance. Port closures, demand surges and production shifts are requiring nimble response to keep up with change. This article arms insurance brokers with the information needed to understand the changes taking place and plan for what is likely to occur in the months ahead.
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing historical disruption to the construction industry. These changes mean that risk mitigation strategies need to be implemented or revisited, policy language should be reviewed, and carriers should be apprised of all changes at the work-site. In this article, AmWINS specialists examine the major areas of concern for Builder’s Risk insureds, including government-mandated shutdowns, supply chain-driven slowdowns and policy wording that could limit coverage, and provide guidance for retailers to achieve the best results for their clients.
For decades, the logistics insurance market has been considered a sub-market of the cargo or ocean marine market. However, the continual rise of e-commerce and its effect on the global supply chain has carved out a complex and expansive industry niche. This article provides insight into the various lines of coverage, the specialized underwriting approach, and rate surges within the U.S. logistics insurance market.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lloyd’s remains open for business and syndicates have successfully transitioned to working from home. However, there are notable changes in how the London market is approaching business. In this article, specialists from THB, AmWINS’ London broker, share their insight on consistent themes across the London Market as well as updates on various lines of business.
There have been a lot of questions regarding COVID-19, in particular about coverage and claims handling. This claims advice is intended to offer guidance to help our retail clients through these difficult times.
Parametric insurance is an innovative product that functions differently than traditional insurance by covering the impacts of an event and not just losses sustained to an asset. Proceeds of the policy are paid quickly and can be used flexibly to cover any expense associated with the triggering event. Coverages can be designed to capture the impacts of natural perils and other forms of non-damage business interruptions such as future epidemics. Learn how the parametric landscape has and will continue to play a major role in improving coverage and the recovery experience.
The disruption to business and everyday life caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is resulting in an economic impact for insureds. Much of this disruption is likely not covered by insurance. We have consulted with several AmWINS insurance specialists across the Property, Casualty and Professional Lines sectors and offer a COVID-19 update.
The claims process can be long and complicated, particularly in the London market, where syndicates operate under the Lloyd’s of London corporate “umbrella.” AmWINS’ London broker, THB Group, handles over $1 billion in claim payments through their award-winning claims team. In this article, THB’s Director of Claims Iain Lebbell explains the role of the London broker and how to navigate the complex claims process at Lloyd’s in order to achieve the best results for your insureds.
Over the last few years, the legal cannabis industry has seen rapid growth and had a significant impact on the U.S. economy. With states continuing to legalize its use, insurance needs for cannabis-related businesses are becoming a popular topic of discussion. This article examines the evolving cannabis industry by exploring five key issues impacting coverage.
The use of drone technology in the construction industry can revolutionize the lifecycle of a project and provide a contractor with a competitive edge. With the significant increase in the usage of drones, it's important that contractors employ sound risk management strategies and analysis in order to protect their business. This article explores the benefits of utilizing drone technology, associated risks, and legislative issues, as well as insurance coverages to consider.
Could parametric insurance help narrow the insurance coverage gap? These case studies provided by Lloyd's risk insight team examine the need for a product that provides effective coverage with transparent claims service and automated responses to customer loss. With data indicating that a large percentage ($162.5bn in 2018) of global economic losses derived from natural catastrophes in the past 10 years were uninsured, the concept of “staying afloat" versus being “made whole" appears to be gaining popularity. Learn how parametric insurance can help manage risks ranging from earthquake damage to market volatility.
As the U.S. economy continues to move forward, one of the fastest-growing industries is Logistics and Freight Forwarding. With more and more Freight Forwarding startups entering the space, it is becoming a highly competitive environment. Added services, such as Shipper’s Interest policies, can be a key differentiator and competitive advantage for a forwarder. This article provides insight into the benefits of offering a Shipper’s Interest policy and how it differs from a Cargo policy and other essential coverages.
As a result of significant storm-related losses in recent years, insurance companies are obligating policyholders to take on increased risk-sharing of storm losses via deductibles. In addition to the storm deductible categories of named storm, hurricane, flood, and wind/hail, policyholders must now contend with the newer convective storm deductible. This article explores the definition of convective storms, the importance of clear policy wording in the application of storm deductibles, and understanding specific risk concerns by location.
Anti-stacking provisions are designed to ensure that an insurance company will not apply multiple sets of limits to a single loss event. These provisions can have a significant impact on claims and may be designed for application to intra-policy and inter-policy loss events as well as deductibles. Through various examples and scenarios, this article explains what anti-stacking provisions are, how to identify them in a Property, Casualty or Professional Lines policy, and what they mean to policyholders.
Causation can play a key role in determining whether a claim is approved or denied, particularly as it relates to commercial property insurance coverage. According to the doctrine of efficient proximate cause, if a covered peril sets in motion a chain of events, the loss is covered. This article examines various concepts regarding causation and their implications, as well as the concurrent causation doctrine adopted by states that do not follow the doctrine of efficient proximate cause.
With another hurricane season just a few months away, now is the time for retail brokers to ensure that they are aware of policy elements and language that can have a significant impact on coverage in the event of a hurricane or named storm loss. This article examines key issues and challenges that may affect coverage and how to address them in order to achieve the best coverage solution for your client.
When a company suffers a loss to a fixed physical asset, such as when a fire damages a building, the insured may incur an interruption to their business which can result in the loss of income and the incurrence of expenses. This article examines how Business Income and Rental Value Income losses in a Property policy may treat depreciation after the damage or destruction of a fixed physical asset, numerous factors that impact the treatment, and how to mitigate claim disputes.
As we head deeper into the first quarter of 2019, one thing is clear: changes are coming to the insurance marketplace that buyers and brokers alike will experience as the year progresses. Carriers are feeling pain, not just in commercial auto and problematic property sectors, but across many other areas of property and casualty as well. This is leading to a reaction that we’ve already begun to see and that was recently highlighted at the 2019 Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA) Underwriting Summit.
When the housing market crashed in 2008, many people turned their secondary homes into income-producing properties. The need for specialized insurance for short-term vacation rentals was recognized with the introduction of online booking websites such as AirBnB. However, standard homeowners insurance policies provide minimal coverage for business activities in the home. This article identifies potential coverage gaps and how rental endorsements can address these coverage issues.
Changes in the alternative capital space and the London marketplace raise the stakes for retailers. In the Q1 update, our experts discuss the global reinsurance market and how to be well positioned to make use of alternative capital as well as how performance management at Lloyd's could impact capacity in 2019.
Many businesses that depend on the export and import of goods contract with freight forwarders to manage the intricate logistics of international trade. As the number of freight forwarders operating in the United States continues to grow and their roles continue to expand, new risks are being generated that require quick adaptation and innovative underwriting solutions. This article identifies the ever-evolving risks that freight forwarders face and explores coverage options for this growing market.
Speed, efficiency, and customer service are essential to earning program business, especially in the current competitive environment. Learn more about changes in the underwriting program space in the Q3 State of the Market report.
The theories of recovery, as well as the ensuing loss provisions, contained in property insurance policies are often complex and, at times, seemingly in conflict. Although a policy may not directly address these theories, their application by courts plays a significant role in the coverage determination process after the claim. It is essential that brokers understand the primary theories of recovery – Efficient Proximate Cause, the Concurrent Causation Doctrine, and the Anti-Concurrent Causation Doctrine – in order to navigate the challenging post-claim process and effectively serve their clients.
A common complication during the claim process is the late reporting of claims. In some cases, a late claim can put the agent or broker's own E&O policy in jeopardy. There are many reasons for missing a reporting deadline; however, in most cases, they will not matter to the insurer or the courts. This article discusses typical claim reporting requirements, common causes of late reporting, and recommendations to mitigate the risk of late notice claim denials.
One of the biggest misconceptions regarding California Earthquake coverage is that it is a straightforward and elective coverage. With the lowest frequency in the CAT space, this peril is often misunderstood. However, one large event with subsequent aftershocks could result in significant losses. We have compiled a list of the top 10 misconceptions about placing CA Earthquake coverage which can help you understand this peril and what is truly being offered.
Catastrophic event property deductibles (“CAT deductibles”) differ from traditional property insurance deductibles in that they result in significantly higher out-of-pocket expenses for the policyholder for specific perils. Policy wording is crucial to determine the potential financial impact of these high deductibles. This article discusses the three most popular forms of CAT deductibles and how you can protect your clients from substantial financial burden in the event of a CAT claim.
When a storm event occurs, multiple perils often intersect, creating a very challenging environment for a policyholder to prove their loss. Whether these perils are insured by an insurance policy, and if so to what extent, depends on the terms, conditions, definitions and exclusions in the policy. This article discusses the difference between wind-driven rain and rising water, the broad impact of using wind-driven water verbiage, and the importance of clear policy wording concerning water perils.
The Thomas Fire, the largest fire in California's history, subsequently led to a mudslide on January 9, 2018, which caused a massive amount of damage in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The California Insurance Commissioner has issued a formal notice reminding carriers to pay for damage, citing the "efficient proximate cause doctrine." This article takes a closer look at the doctrine and how it has been challenged in court over the years.
Ordinance or Law insurance coverage provides limited protection for costs associated with repairing, rebuilding, or constructing a structure when physical damage to the structure by a covered cause of loss triggers an ordinance or law. Compliance with ordinances and laws after a loss can add 50% or more to the cost of a claim. This article will help you educate your insureds on exclusions and limitations and help them take a proactive approach to their insurance program.
While policyholders should strive to provide the insurer with complete and accurate values for buildings and business personal property that are the subject of insurance, policyholders should also understand the basic workings of the coinsurance condition. In this article, we'll see an example of the potential penalties for underinsurance, the agreed value option, blanket limits and margin clauses.
Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) provide alternatives to traditional indemnity-based insurance products by allowing investors to provide capacity, primarily on property catastrophe risks. Whether purchased in addition to a traditional program or in lieu of a traditional setup, ILS arrangements may offer a more efficient use of capital and can be fine-tuned to meet the needs of the insurance buyer.
In today's sharing economy, millions of people rely on strangers to provide services and goods to them through various online platforms, such as Uber. Sometimes, however, problems can arise within the corporate structure of the sharing platform itself or arise out of the exchange. As a result, adequate insurance is an important consideration for those who wish to engage in the sharing economy.
The engine and cars that come down the track are only a small part of the property of any railroad operation. Property exposures are as diverse and complex as railroads themselves and require a specialized approach to navigate the insurance marketplace.
Property damage doesn't always mean there was an alteration to structure or contents. In this article, we review a court case in which harmful air quality was ruled as causing “direct physical loss of or damage to” the company’s property.
In this article, we review the insurance requirements and considerations when it comes to a builder’s risk policy, including coverage for soft costs and delay in startup/loss of income.
With the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) facing excessive losses, legislative mandates and a growing deficit, the private sector is presented with one of the largest growth opportunities in the P&C market today. But can the challenges causing NFIP’s problems be adequately addressed by the commercial market?
The resurging construction industry means that builder's risk submission activity is on the rise. As such, it's important to understand this line of business. Here's an overview of some things to consider on a builder's risk policy.
At a time when many borrowers are taking advantage of record-setting low interest rates by refinancing their loans, regulatory changes are causing lenders to be more cautious than ever as they transfer the risk of unpredictable events to insurance carriers. This article will look at some examples of lender requests and possible ways to counter them.
From a simple slip and fall claim to a complex bodily injury or damage to aircraft claim, airports of all sizes are subject to substantial liability. Aircraft and airport operations seem to be very routine in nature, but when the unexpected loss occurs, proper coverage becomes very important.
A close look at a garage liability policy will likely reveal a number of coverage gaps and exposures that could have a dramatic impact on balance sheets in the event of a claim. While these packages are the industry norm, identifying potential gaps and the stand-alone solutions that can supplement the garage package policy will go a long way in helping protect clients before it’s too late.
Business interruption is a common coverage that allows a business to recover revenue lost as a result of a direct physical loss or property damage. But contingent business interruption coverage, while less prevalent, provides an additional layer of protection against losses that result from interruptions to supplier or distributor chains which directly impact the insured’s ability to produce products or deliver services.