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Global commercial insurance prices increased 18 percent in the first quarter of 2021, according to the Global Insurance Market Index released by Marsh. The quarter follows year-on-year average increases of 22 percent in the fourth quarter and 20 percent in the third quarter of 2020.

Among other findings, the survey noted:

  • Global property insurance pricing was up 15 percent on average, down from the 20 percent increase in the fourth quarter 2020; casualty pricing was up 6 percent on average, compared to a 7 percent increase in the prior quarter.
  • Pricing in financial and professional lines had the highest rate of increase across the major insurance product categories, at 40 percent, compared to 45 percent in the previous quarter.
  • Cyber insurance pricing increased in the first quarter by 35 percent in the US and 29 percent in the UK, driven by a rise in the frequency and severity of losses. In the previous quarter, cyber rates were 17 percent in the US and 26 percent in the UK.

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