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Hyperinflation is Hitting the Construction Industry Hard

Hyperinflation is Hitting the Construction Industry Hard

Hyperinflation of material, labor, and equipment costs is having widespread ramifications for the construction industry, including project funding issues, cancellation of contracts, and contractor defaults. Despite the flurry of current construction happening around the country due to infrastructure investments and the demand for new housing, it’s a challenging time, especially for smaller trade contractors. In 2021, the annual construction input inflation rate reached a shocking 19.6%. For the sake of perspective, the non-residential construction inflation rate was 4.4% in 2020 and 1.8% in 2019. The vast majority of contractors in today’s industry haven't had to navigate an inflationary environment that exceeded 5% for more than 30 years, which means many have never experienced hyperinflation and are struggling with how to handle it as well as the negative impact it can have on the bottom line (source 4).

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Carriers Shift More Risk Onto Builders For Multi-Family Frame Projects

Carriers Shift More Risk Onto Builders For Multi-Family Frame Projects

After the rapid price increases of recent years, the frame builders' risk market has stabilized, but carriers remain disciplined about rates. While capacity is adequate, carriers are looking at the aggregation of projects in areas and declining or limiting capacity on those in close proximity to each other or insured by the same company. Ensuring continuity of terms/conditions around coverage, warranties, and deductibles on quota share placements is also essential when seeking coverage.

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Insurers Hold a Hard Line on Reported Property Values in 2022

Insurers Hold a Hard Line on Reported Property Values in 2022

It’s no secret that property values are on the rise. Because property premiums are based on the reported value of the property, many insureds may be tempted to manage premium spending by submitting flat property values. While that tactic can offer premium stabilization in the short term, it actually works against the longer-term best interests of both the insured and the insurance industry. Relying on flat property values instead of updated values ultimately results in insureds being hit with significant price increases all at once when underwriting requests an updated appraised value based on market conditions. Relying on outdated valuation data means premium hikes hit much harder at renewal than they would if an insured reported more current values year over year, which would result in more incremental premium increases as property values rise over time. It’s also essential to make sure property values are current. Should a catastrophe strike, an underinsured business may not have sufficient funds to rebuild or make it through an extended shutdown.

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State of the Market at a Glance | Casualty, Property, ExecPro, Personal Lines, Construction

State of the Market at a Glance | Casualty, Property, ExecPro, Personal Lines, Construction

Wondering if premiums will increase or if changes to terms and conditions are coming? Curious about which lines of business may have limited markets or excess capacity? Here’s what clients can expect to see in the 2022 marketplace, all in an easy-to-read quick reference guide.

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Understanding the Value of Contractors Professional Liability Insurance

Understanding the Value of Contractors Professional Liability Insurance

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) reports that there are around 1.3 million U.S. contractors with annual revenues of less than $5M. While virtually all are protecting their businesses with General Liability, Workers Compensation, and other insurance coverages, many have failed to consider purchasing professional/pollution liability insurance, even though both are not covered under a typical commercial general liability (CGL) policy.

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