Friday, May 29, 2009


There are two schools of thought when it comes to hurricanes in the Northeast. Either people are convinced that because nothing has happened in so long, nothing will happen, or, the Northeast is due.

“The Northeast may be the most overlooked of all the risk out there,” Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, said in this week’s BestWeek U.S./Canada. “Insurers are well aware of the potential here. There are those that say hurricanes in the Northeast are so unlikely, insurers should not be permitted to charge for that probability. Nothing can be further from the truth.”

Modeler AIR Worldwide paints a grim picture if a Category 3 or 4 storm hits the metropolitan area, according to BestWeek. A presentation given in New York by the institute outlined the findings. Insured losses could reach $110 billion from Rhode Island to New Hampshire. It happened once. In 1938 a hurricane known as the “Long Island Express” barreled into New England, causing $308 million in damages and more than 600 deaths.

In BestWeek Europe, European reinsurers continued to feel the sting of volatile financial markets in their investment portfolios over the first quarter, while pointing to signs of better underwriting conditions in the January and April renewal periods. First-quarter net income was up for some reinsurers but down for others. All are expressing confidence that the market will improve over the rest of 2009, as primary insurers seek more reinsurance protection to cover their own strained balance sheets.

Also in BestWeek U.S./Canada, it is no surprise that states like Texas, Florida and other coastal states had the highest average homeowners insurance premiums in the United States in 2006, according to the latest data available from state regulators. However, it is possible rates could rise in other areas as insurers look for rates to match increasing wind and hail risks in the Midwest, for instance. In addition, insurers recognize losses are going to escalate with increases in development over the recent past.

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