Insurance Marketplace Realities 2024 – Alternative risk transfer (ART)
November 9, 2023
Structured and parametric solutions were the most traded alternative risk products in 2023, and we expect this to continue in 2024 due to continuing pressure on lines such as property and for clients who have had significant losses.
Rate predictions: Alternative risk transfer (ART)
Parametric nat cat
-5% to +10%
Flat to +10%
+5% to +15% (Flat to +5% annually)
Captive stop loss
Many insureds now face premium to limit ratios that exceed 50%. This forces exploration of programs that embed significant risk financing.
In 2023 insurers saw an unprecedented volume of inquiries causing bandwidth challenges as well as creating a margin of opportunity.
Turn-around time on deals is now more than eight weeks.
For those clients with existing programs, expansion into other lines of business leverages built up capital to drive efficiencies across a program.
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 and capacity constraints in 2024.
Innovation continues to occur in this market as insurers embed parametric features into more traditional lines, embrace new data sources, IOT settlement capabilities 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.
As insureds face significant premium demands coupled with budget constraints, decisions to step outside the market became 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 use has increased, though in North America, that has not 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.
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