The past five years have seen the commercial property insurance market progressively harden, evidenced by consistent rate increases since 2017. However, according to industry data, such rate jumps showed some signs of stagnation in early 2022, with average increases staying within single digits. The general liability insurance segment has steadily underperformed over the past few years, generating minimal underwriting profitability due to rising claim frequency and severity. In response, insurance carriers have reduced coverage capacity, deployed stricter underwriting standards and implemented ongoing rate increases.
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