Tag Archives: Marketplace Realities

Marketplace Realities 2017 Spring Update: The search for growth

All eyes on Washington (From the publication’s introduction by Joseph C. Peiser, Senior Editor and Head of Broking for North America) It’s like the two-minute warning in football, overtime in basketball, extra innings in baseball or, if you’re not a … Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities Spring 2016: It’s Still a Buyer’s Market, but…

Willis Tower’s Watson’s Marketplace Realities series includes line-by-line predictions for North American insurance buyers in 2016 and beyond. New Pieces in a Changing Puzzle At the macro level, the satellite view, much remains the same for insurance buyers: capacity remains … Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities 2016: Bringing the Pieces Together

To transfer a risk is to solve a puzzle. Some of the pieces in that puzzle will belong to the company that is transferring the risk – those would include retentions, captives and other self-insurance options. But most of the … Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities 2015 – Spring Update

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The trend remains positive for insurance buyers, as softening conditions accelerate in 2015. Line-by-line details are available in our spring update to Marketplace Realities 2015,the long-running series featuring insights from Willis North America experts. But here’s an overview of where … Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities: Political Risk

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In this update to our Marketplace Realities, political risk edition, our price prediction for political risk is flat to +2%. There are several locales in which political risks are significant. Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities: Edge of a Cliff?

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It’s long been common wisdom in the insurance business that whatever we say about rates should come with an asterisk. The asterisk refers to a note that says something along the lines of, “Of course, in the event of a … Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities: Predictions for the Season Ahead

Willis commercial rate predictions: 2014

Our new line-by-line price predictions for the insurance industry in North America coincide with the start of the baseball season, and along with baseball fans everywhere, we’re full of hope – in this case, that the marketplace will continue to … Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities 2014: Rising Rates for Terrorism and Political Risk

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No doubt there’s a certain satisfaction when the marketplace predictions we make in October start proving right in February. But it’s hard to celebrate when those predictions called for rising prices for our clients. That’s what we predicted in the … Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities 2014: What IS Going on in Casualty?

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Talk about a mixed bag. In the casualty marketplace, capacity is up, and that’s putting the brakes on rate increases—for some. For others, especially if your product line is on the higher risk end of the spectrum, the news is … Continue reading →