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Storms Ahead – Rising Wind Rates Hit Coastal Homeowners

Storms Ahead – Rising Wind Rates Hit Coastal Homeowners

The 2020 hurricane season stormed in with a record six named tropical storms by early July. But in addition to forecasts for an active storm season, coastal homeowners from Florida to Texas are facing sharp rate increases as insurers seek to rein in catastrophe losses. Carriers are tightening underwriting guidelines, limiting capacity and, in some cases, pulling out of markets. Rate increases are particularly steep in South Florida’s tri-county area, but Gulf Coast homeowners from Florida to Texas should also expect higher premiums and increased deductibles as well as fewer options for wind coverage.

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Hurricane Claim Preparation Guidelines

Hurricane Claim Preparation Guidelines

The 2020 hurricane season is upon us and scientists are already making their predictions. Scientists’ early predictions indicate an “above-average” hurricane season in 2020*. The consensus of expert forecasts indicate 17 named storms for this year’s North Atlantic hurricane season – much higher than the long-term 30-year average of 12 storms. Are you ready for this year’s hurricane season? Here is a list of hurricane claim guidelines you should consider as part of the preparation for dealing with a storm. From the first steps you should take after an event, to the different types of claims scenarios, CRC Group provides you with the information you need to adequately prepare for a storm.

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Earthquake Market Turns Unstable

Earthquake Market Turns Unstable

The earthquake market has moved onto unstable ground as insurers and alternative capital investors demand higher returns on their capital. Rate increases have ramped up over the last year, and buyers should expect higher prices this year for the same coverage. Higher deductibles can be an effective strategy to manage premiums. Buyers who can provide better and more detailed information on their risks can expect a better reception from underwriters. Early and active marketing and working with a broker that offers broad access to markets are crucial for obtaining the most cost-efficient coverage.

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Rain, Wind, Flood and Fire: Climate Change Poses Challenge for Catastrophe Models

Rain, Wind, Flood and Fire: Climate Change Poses Challenge for Catastrophe Models

The severe hurricanes and record-breaking wildfires that have caused widespread damage in recent years have heightened concerns that a changing global climate may be leading to more frequent and extreme natural catastrophes. Among the possible effects of climate change, stronger and slower-moving hurricanes may bring more devastating winds, higher storm surge and greater inland flooding; hotter temperatures can dry out vegetation and raise the risk of wildfires, particularly as people move into formerly wild areas. Those changes may lead to greater risks for property owners and higher-than-expected claims for insurers.

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Parametric Insurance Begins to Make an Impact

Parametric Insurance Begins to Make an Impact

Parametric insurance has made its biggest impact so far with catastrophe bonds covering large-scale risks, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, but the concept is becoming more common in commercial and residential insurance. It’s called parametric because rather than responding to a specific loss, the coverage pays out when an agreed “metric” such as wind speed or ground shaking reaches or exceeds certain intensity. Insurers are offering such coverage based on a wide variety of other metrics, including barometric pressure, rainfall, average snowfall, river water levels, storm surge as measured by tide gauges and even hotel occupancy rates.

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