Honan affirms predictions of challenging GI year

Insurance Business America | April 30, 2019

Honan Insurance Group has reaffirmed its predictions about the challenging purchasing conditions for insurance cover for businesses at the “high hazard” end of the spectrum. In its 2019 Quarterly Market Update, the insurer noted the lack of local underwriting appetite and capacity for property with EPS construction or risks within the recycling and waste management industry. “This has forced a return to mature underwriting markets, such as London, in order to obtain capacity – albeit at reduced levels and significant increase in pricing coupled with reduced cover,” said Andrew Fluitsma, Honan CEO for Australia and New Zealand. “In some cases, businesses have elected to self-insure their risks either partially or completely as a result of these factors. Whilst pricing corrections continue to be widely applied, construction-based businesses, particularly those in design and construct (D&C), and contractor industries have come under significant insurer scrutiny as this market moves from correcting to hardening.” Honan said insurers are re-engineering their portfolios and applying exclusionary language around cladding and aluminum composite material exposures, in the wake of the fatal Grenfell Tower blaze and the most recent post-Lacrosse Tower fire.

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Predicting the future of insurance can be somewhat straightforward. Both the history and temperament of the industry constrain the realms of potential changes for this industry. This business is steeped in the paramount nature of its guiding principles and is equally tied to the information provided by the record of its transactions. Periodic forays into the art of forecasting by insurers just confirm doctrine instead of establishing a foothold for change. The projected uses of technology tend to focus on point solutions or keeping up with market peers. Overall, predictions tend to be short range and aimed at optimizing current operations and are linear projections for business outcomes.


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Predicting the future of insurance can be somewhat straightforward. Both the history and temperament of the industry constrain the realms of potential changes for this industry. This business is steeped in the paramount nature of its guiding principles and is equally tied to the information provided by the record of its transactions. Periodic forays into the art of forecasting by insurers just confirm doctrine instead of establishing a foothold for change. The projected uses of technology tend to focus on point solutions or keeping up with market peers. Overall, predictions tend to be short range and aimed at optimizing current operations and are linear projections for business outcomes.

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