July P/C Composite Rate Index Plus 4%

August 06, 2013

After four months of rate increases at 5 percent, the property and casualty insurance market has moderated. The July 2013 rate increase was promulgated at plus 4 percent.

Rate increases for commercial auto, workers’ compensation, D&O and EPLI all moderated by 1 percent. Fiduciary rates were up slightly from plus 2 percent to plus 3 percent. Large account ($250,001 to $1,000,000 premium) rate increases moderated from plus 4 percent to plus 3 percent. By industry classification, every industry group except for public entity business moderated by 1 percent.. Graphics included in this report present full results for each coverage, account size and industry classification.

MarketScout’s CEO, Richard Kerr, profiled the adjustment by noting, “The market is quiet. Many underwriters, insurers, and brokers are on holiday after securing their July 1 renewals. Without any catastrophic events, it is natural to see the market drift downward. We will have a much better feel for where things are headed once the results are tabulated for September and October.”

The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research conducted pricing surveys used in MarketScout's analysis of market conditions. These surveys help to further corroborate MarketScout's actual findings, mathematically driven by new and renewal placements across the United States.

A summary of the July 2013 rates by coverage, industry class and account size is set forth below.

By Coverage Class

Commercial Property

Up 5%

Business Interruption

Up 2%


Up 4%

Inland Marine

Up 3%

General Liability

Up 5%


Up 4%

Commercial Auto

Up 5%

Workers’ Compensation

Up 5%

Professional Liability

Up 3%

D&O Liability

Up 4%


Up 4%


Up 3%


Up 2%


Up 2%


By Account Size

Small Accounts

Up 6%

Up to $25,000


Medium Accounts

Up 5%

$25,001 – $250,000


Large Accounts

Up 3%

$250,001 – $1 million


Jumbo Accounts

Up 2%

Over $1 million


By Industry Class



Up 4%


Up 5%


Up 5%


Up 4%

Public Entity

Up 2%


Up 5%


Up 3%

For detailed rating analysis or market projections by industry class, coverage or account size, contact Vilma Scott at vscott@marketscout.com.

About MarketScout

The Commercial and Personal Lines Market Barometers are compiled by MarketScout, an insurance distribution and underwriting company headquartered in Dallas. The firm owns and operates the MarketScout Exchange at marketscout.comas well as over 40 other online and traditional underwriting and distribution venues. MarketScout founded the Entrepreneurial Insurance Alliance (EIA)in 2009. In 2012, MarketScout founded the Council for Insuring Private Clients(CIPC). MarketScout has offices in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Texas and Washington, D.C.



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