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1 South Carolina Self- Insurers Association Insurance Market Update November 4, 2010

2 2 Primary Casualty - Pricing Reading the waves for October  Very different than last year and last quarter  Exposures leveling: flat ~ +3.0%  CA WC seeing price hardening and other states increasing  National Carriers trying to get rate of +10% but not getting it  Targeting flat premiums for larger accounts  Large auto fleets need to brace for carriers to TRY to push rate: reinsurance market hardening for this exposure  Competition plentiful – regional insurers driving more aggressive pricing  Middle market accounts still seeing tremendous rate reductions Note: Overall Commercial Insurance Rates Decreased 6.4% * on Average through Q2-10 * CIAB News Release July 19, 2010

3 3 WC SPECIFIC FINDINGS Preliminary data for Accident Year 2009 reveals a continued overall decline in claim frequency (-4%) and overall increases in indemnity and medical severities. Frequency declines were observed for all industries, geographic regions, and employer sizes, as well as for most claim types. Claims considered “Likely-to-Develop” exhibited a larger percentage frequency decline than those considered “Not-Likely-to-Develop.” Some of the more complex claims, such as carpal tunnel and lower back, declined more than average over the latest five years. Injury type differences notwithstanding, frequency changes are relatively consistent by size * info provided by NCCI

4 4 Primary Casualty – Points to Ponder Consider lower deductibles/retentions to reduce uncertainty and collateral  Read and negotiate your program agreements before you pay your premiums: Collateral Remains Key Issue for Clients  Increased market emphasis of combined GL/Environmental Products: Products and incidental environmental!!  Consider buy-outs to close out liabilities while carriers are hungry for premium

5 5 Primary Casualty – Markets  Ace, Arch and Zurich not quite as aggressive as some others  Chartis – Is the honeymoon over?  CNA – Staffing up for growth  Hartford – Sleeping giant awakes  Safety National – Expanding breadth and scope into liability  Sentry – Moving beyond traditional geographic scope  Travelers & Discover Re – Picking their spots and industries  XL – Will their new leadership change their approach?  Liberty Mutual – Will their new structure really make a difference? Is consolidation such as Old Republic/PMA only the beginning?

6 6 Umbrella/Excess Casualty – Pricing  Leads trying to sell rate – targets 10% BUT competition trying to gain market share  Excess capacity in mid-excess and upper layers continues to drive rates down (20%-40% DECREASES on some accounts)  Trend expected to continue for desirable classes and accounts with clean loss history  Willingness to move from incumbent carrier will further drive rate decreases  Certain classes of business and exposures will be limited (chemicals, medical/automotive products, healthcare)

7 7 Umbrella/Excess Casualty – Points to Ponder Expect to answer detailed questions about end use of products and partnerships “Enhanced” overages have crept back into many base forms (i.e. Professional Liability?) Claim Handling - Not all Carriers are created equal when it comes to catastrophic claim handling! Punitive Damage Coverage – Many options exists with Most Favored Venue (MFV) increasing in popularity. Auto Buffer – consider securing an auto liability buffer for fleets above 500. Multi Year Commitments are available, particularly from incumbents who don’t want to loose you.

8 8 Umbrella/Excess Casualty – Markets Expanding Appetites and/or New Capacity: –Allied –Ironshore –Torus –Endurance –Altera –CV Starr (and related Companies) –Swiss Re Traditional Players that can’t be ignored: –Chartis & Lexington –Zurich –Ace –Travelers –XL –Chubb –Berkshire

9 9 Umbrella/Excess Casualty – Capacity  Arguably at all time high  Not all capacity will write all classes, attachment or offer the same terms and conditions  Theoretical capacity is excess of $1.8B  Realistic Capacity when considering Carriers management of aggregation and other factors $1.25B

10 10 Summary: Points to Ponder  When are claims manifested and paid for long tail lines of insurance?  Worker’s Compensation: 1 - 30+ years  Auto Liability: 1 – 5 years (avg.)  General Liability including Products Liability 1- 20+ years  Coverage triggers and claims reporting  Occurrence (when event is occurs)  Claims Made (when the claim is known)  Occurrence Reported (when the occurrence is reported)

11 11 Looking Back to 1989 Top 10 US Commercial Casualty Insurers:  Aetna  Cigna  Chubb  Continental  Hartford  The Home  Kemper  Liberty  Travelers  St. Paul ** Alphabetically

12 12 IS A HARD MARKET COMING? 1.Current combined ratio(2009 AM Best 111% for WC ) along with Low investment yields is not providing adequate return on capital. 2.Uncertainty of Healthcare reform on WC- new taxes, Medicare, strain on system, ex. Federal Black Lung Benefits. 3.Politics in Washington and uncertainty surrounding financial regulatory system 4.Medical costs continuing to rise faster than wages 5.Indemnity claim costs continue to outpace wage increases

13 13 Prepare for Success Provide Meaningful Data/Information of your Business and create Submissions that differentiate your organization Invest in Actuarial to support your conclusions Meet your Underwriters, face to face meetings with Carriers go a long way Be flexible and consider options outside your current pattern (deductibles, emerging carriers and overages) Evaluate your coverage triggers Not all Carriers are created equal when it comes to catastrophic claim handling! Value relationships while retaining market competition for your Program

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