Commercial Lines Rates Hardened in Q2: IVANS Index

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The second quarter showed a general uptick in premium renewal rate change across the commercial insurance lines of business compared to the first quarter 2018. The upward movement was seen in commercial auto, general liability, commercial property and umbrella, according to the latest IVANS Index.

Renewal rates for business owners policies (BOP) did not change, while workers’ compensation remained the only line with a negative rate change.
According to the IVANS Index, premium renewal rate change activity by line of business for Q2 2018 included:

Commercial Auto: Premium renewal rate change averaged 4.32% for the quarter, ending at 4.38% for June.
BOP: Quarter premium renewal rate change averaged 4.01%, representing no change over last quarter’s average of 4.00%. BOP premium renewal rate change finished the quarter at 4.14% in June.
General Liability: The quarter premium renewal rate change reached 2.16% in April and ended the quarter in June at 2.35%.
Commercial Property: Q2 premium renewal rate change experienced an increase quarter over quarter, with an average rate change of 3.14% as compared to 3.11% in Q1 2018.
Umbrella: Q2 premium renewal rate change averaged 1.77% versus 1.49% in Q1 2018.
Workers’ Compensation: Premium renewal rate change slightly decreased in Q2, averaging at -2.49% as compared to -2.47% in Q1 2018.
“As the second quarter comes to a close, the IVANS Index shows that the commercial lines market continues to harden, providing guidance for agents to advise their clients on policy changes and market intelligence for insurers to support pricing strategies,” said Brian Wood, vice president of IVANS Markets.
The monthly IVANS Index measures annual premium premium for a single consistent policy. More than 30,000 agencies and 380 insurance companies and MGAs, and reflects the trends in the premium rate of all institutions and insurance companies in the US insurance market. IVANS is a division of Applied Systems.

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