Tuesday, June 10, 2008

HSB Offering Service for Property Owners

The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) announced HSB InSight, a new insurance-to-value (ITV) service designed to help insurers address inadequate valuations for business personal property and buildings that cost insurers millions and put policyholders at risk.

HSB InSight allows insurers to determine appropriate value ranges for either an entire book of business or for individual buildings. It identifies where business personal property and real property valuations are below or above an established range of acceptability and permits a company to track their ITV performance over time.

Inadequate values are a persistent problem for insurers, particularly for business personal property where carriers lacked a credible valuation tool, said Kevin Monahan, senior vice president of HSB. When we analyze business personal property valuations for an insurer, we find substantial evidence of underinsurance for whole books of business.

Proper insurance-to-value benefits insurers in multiple ways. It helps ensure premium revenues reflect insured exposures, enables insurers to more fully assess their risk accumulations in catastrophe modeling, and aids them in negotiations with reinsurers.

HSB InSight also helps carriers and agents protect policyholders and ensure their insurance limits will be sufficient when major loss occurs. Hurricane Katrina and other disasters show how costly inadequate insurance limits are to policyholders when theyre underinsured and experience a total loss, Monahan said. Yet, because most existing valuation products were designed to support transactional underwriting, they dont uncover the full scale of a valuation problem that portfolio analysis reveals.

HSB InSights valuations are built with data collected by HSBs staff appraisers to give insurers a credible source to persuade agents or brokers that insurance limits need to be adjusted. HSBs valuations also reflect the companys knowledge of equipment and technology, which typically represents a significant percentage of business personal property for most commercial accounts.

For more information about HSB visit its Web site at www.hsb.com.

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