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Insurance Marketplace Realities 2023 – Terrorism and political violence

December 1, 2022

Current political/economic conditions and conflicts around the globe are helping drive up pricing for political violence and terrorism insurance.
Credit, Political Risk and Terrorism
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Rate predictions: Terrorism and political violence
Trend Range
Terrorism and sabotage
Non-volatile territories Increase (Purple triangle pointing up) +10% to +20%
Some volatility and/or isolated events Increase (Purple triangle pointing up) +20% to +30%
Major volatility and/or widespread risk of major incidents Increase (Purple triangle pointing up) +30% to +40%
Political violence
Non-volatile territories Increase (Purple triangle pointing up) +20% to +30%
Some volatility and/or isolated events Increase (Purple triangle pointing up) +30% to +50%
Major volatility and/or widespread risk of major incidents Increase (Purple triangle pointing up) +50% or higher

The crisis in Ukraine has added another dynamic to a marketplace already in turmoil from the lingering effects of the pandemic and global economic instability

  • Lloyd’s is bracing for losses in Ukraine, which could ultimately exceed $3 billion.
  • The global interconnection of the risk environment can lead to protracted losses in multiple-asset classes worldwide.
  • Facing significant losses, reinsurers are signaling significant cost increases/reduced capacity for the class at upcoming account renewals.

Increasing global political polarization continues to provoke civil unrest and possible resurgence of terrorism.

  • Large-scale political shifts are fuel for social discord. Major civil disturbances have occurred in more than 25 countries in the past 36 months, causing significant physical and human loss.
  • While the marketplace has remained relatively static in terms of capacity, many insurers are reducing per-risk deployed capacity, and prices are expected to increase significantly due to these events and the expected reinsurance impacts.

A new generation of crisis analytics is being deployed to paint a clearer picture of potential human and financial consequences of terrorism and political violence.

  • Risk aggregation models can calculate precise aggregate accumulations and point the way to operational and structural changes to reduce vulnerabilities.
  • Global risk analytics can now generate risk scoring for any point on the planet to provide a holistic view of a company’s global risk profile and provide warnings about changing risk environments.

The deployment of captive insurance vehicles continues to provide access to otherwise unavailable or uncompetitive capacity for terrorism risk.

  • Recent clarifications of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (TRIP) legislation have enabled access to physical damage coverage due to a cyber terrorism event.

In a market where premium is capacity-driven, the flexible rating mechanisms permitted within a captive structure allow exposures to be priced for risk exposure and divorced from unrelated perils — generating significant cost savings for many clients.

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Fergus Critchley
Head of Terrorism and Political Violence, North America

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