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Most commercial premium renewal rates rose in third quarter

Posted On: Oct. 19, 2021 2:11 PM CST

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Commercial insurance premium renewal rate increases accelerated across nearly all major lines of business in the third quarter, according to a report Tuesday from Ivans Insurance Services, a division of Tampa, Florida-based Applied Systems Inc.

The exceptions were commercial auto, which saw a slowdown in the rate of increase, and workers compensation, the only line in which renewal rates remained in negative territory, Ivans said.

Business owners policy renewal rates rose 5.05%, up from the 4.59% increase in the second quarter; general liability rates rose 4.21%, up from 3.95%; commercial property rates rose 5.77%, up from 5.54%; umbrella rates rose 4.85%, up from 4.40%.

Commercial auto renewal rates rose 4.32% on average, down from 4.51% in the second quarter.

Workers compensation renewal rates stayed negative, but the rate of decrease lessened, with rates decreasing 1.40%, compared with the 1.74% decrease in the second quarter.

The third-quarter index results continue to show “we are operating in a hard market,” Kathy Hrach, vice president of product management at Ivans said in a statement.

“In fact, commercial auto, BOP, general liability, umbrella and workers compensation reached their highest average premium renewal rate of the year in September,” Ms. Hrach said.