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Pricing Cycle to Gain Momentum, Not a Hard Market (September, 2019)

Our September Assured Briefing is all about the pricing cycle.  Everyone has a view, but in our work we offer more than that with examinations of the parallels between the economic and social environment today and those preceding the hard markets of the 70s, 80s, and early 00s.  Read more in our press release and contact us to listen to our webinar on the topic.  Click here to see the rapt attention paid by students at St. Joe's when we visited to share insights with future insurance leaders.

Female-Named Hurricanes NOT More Deadly than Male, WSJ Got it Wrong (Aug., 2019)

An article in the Wall Street Journal (Who's Afraid of Hurricane Dolly?) relies on a flawed report, in our opinion, from 2014 to conclude that "people won't evacuate until storms are given scarier names".  Wrong!  We re-released our 2014 Assured Comment showing that the study cited by the WSJ author misleadingly (though unintentionally, we assume) used data from 1950-2012 to reach it's conclusion; but hurricanes from 1953-1979 were only given female names.  Meanwhile, steady improvements in forecasting and communications means death tolls from hurricanes have been declining.  So, the authors over-weighted data from long ago, female-named storms with higher death rates. Read our letter to the editor published in August.

 

Time to Reevaluate Liability Exposure to Dioceses (April, 2019)

In our February Assured Briefing we revisited the sad topic of sexual abuse cases centered on, but not limited to, the Catholic church. While some insurers of various archdioceses may have settled with their policyholders in the early 2000s, our conversations with insurance professionals revealed that additional liability and coverage could remain. In April, one national insurer took a reserve charge for the NY law passed in Feb. More charges and insurers could be implicated.  Read our Assured Comment on the topic.

Social Inflation is Back! It says so in our Press Release (March, 2019)

In an Assured Report released in March, we once again revisit our most inquired-about research topic over the past two years.  With fresh data on the three bedrocks of our work legal advertising, trends in the judiciary, and third-party litigation finance, this report concludes that social inflation remains a threat to the margins of P/C insurers.  Check out our press release on the report (here) and contact us to receive the report as part of a free trial.

Assured Research Featured in Law360; Genomics Revolution (December, 2018)

Assured Research was proud to work with Innovative Science Solutions and co-author a note featured in Law360: P/C Insurers Face a Genomics Revolution.  Our simple message: P/C insurers need to get on board with the genomics revolution overtaking civil litigation - or risk being run over!  Register at Law360 for a copy or access the report here.