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Insurance Marketplace Realities 2023 Spring Update – Alternative risk transfer (ART)

April 28, 2023

Pricing in the ART market is generally stable due to embedded risk financing. Structured and parametric solutions will drive the ART market in 2023.
Rate predictions: Alternative risk transfer (ART)
  Trend Range
Structured programs Neutral increase Flat to +10%
Parametric nat cat Neutral decrease increase -5% to +10%
Parametric weather programs Neutral increase Flat to +10%
Portfolio programs Increase +25% to +40% over 3 years (7 – 12% annually)
Captive stop loss Netural Increase Flat to +5%

Many alternative risk insurers now must carefully manage bandwidth due to an onslaught of inquiries. ART deals supported by robust analytics and negotiated over realistic timeframes continue to fare better.

Structured solutions

  • In primary layers, many insureds now face premium to limit ratios that exceed 50%. This is forcing the exploration of programs that embed significant risk financing elements.
  • With an unprecedented volume of inquiries, many insurers must diligently manage their pipelines to triage opportunities and focus resources.
    • While capacity remains available, the turn-around time on these deals is now stretching to 6 to 10 weeks.
  • With many insurers having met 2023 goals in Q1, capacity and pricing are likely to become entrepreneurial as the year progresses.
  • For those clients with existing programs, expansion into other lines of business leverages built up capital to drive efficiencies across a program.

Parametric solutions

  • Many parametric markets paid claims in 2023 (tropical cyclones, wildfire, hail, flooding, etc.).
  • This has two principal effects.
    • Clients have seen firsthand the simplicity and speed of claim payments serving to reinforce the original decisions to adopt the approach.
    • Losses are likely to drive some premium increases in 2023.
  • Innovation continues to occur in this market as insurers embed parametric features into more traditional lines, embrace new data sources, and address challenging risks such as cyber and pandemics.
  • Application to ESG risks continues to drive adoption as well as increasing participation of client’s captives.

Fronting solutions

  • As insureds face vastly increased premium demands coupled with budget constraints, decisions to step outside the market are becoming more frequent. Fronting is now being aggressively deployed to address such risks as cyber, where contracts require evidence of coverage. For investment-grade insureds, collateral “efficient” programs are becoming more popular, i.e., collateral is not required at inception, only if a claim is filed.

Captive solutions

  • Captive use has increased, though that has not necessarily translated into multiline stop loss or other ART approaches, as insureds simply retain risk.

Portfolio/integrated risk programs

  • Portfolio/integrated risk products are attracting less attention; however, they do continue to perform favorably when compared to many monoline equivalent programs. Underwriters do continue to focus on their structured solutions books.


Willis Towers Watson hopes you found the general information provided in this publication informative and helpful. The information contained herein is not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice and should not be relied upon in lieu of consultation with your own legal advisors. In the event you would like more information regarding your insurance coverage, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. In North America, Willis Towers Watson offers insurance products through licensed entities, including Willis Towers Watson Northeast, Inc. (in the United States) and Willis Canada Inc. (in Canada).


Managing Director, Risk & Analytics (Alternative Risk Transfer Solutions)

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