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AM BestTV: Climate Change, Interest Rates, Social Inflation Challenge Insurers

January 22, 2020 GMT

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 22, 2020--

In this episode of AM BestTV from the Insurance Information Institute’s Joint Industry Forum in New York, executives discuss what they view as the leading challenges insurers will face in 2020 and beyond, including the impact of rising jury verdicts and closing the protection gap. Click on www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=pcjf1120 to view the entire program.

David Sampson, president and CEO of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, said “bending the trend line on social inflation” is the top issue that is concerning insurance companies.

“Virtually every publicly traded company in their quarterly earnings reports in 2019 talked about the terrible impact that runaway litigation is having on the industry,” said Sampson. “This is something that I think is truly a macro-strategic challenge in 2020.”

Other attendees at the forum discussed how insurers should take a leading role in tackling climate change.

“There’s a lot of discussion around climate change and how that is impacting losses, and insurers can take a very strong position,” Steve Clarke, vice president of government relations at ISO. “The industry is uniquely positioned, because as economic first responders they have skin in the game, and need to be a part of that conversation.”

Keith Wolfe, president of U.S. property/casualty, Swiss Re, said a renewed focus on the unending depressed yield curve is needed, as it continues to affect the profitability of the reinsurance and insurance industries significantly.

“I don’t think there’s a full appreciation for how severe that problem has become,” said Wolfe.

Other people that appear in this episode:

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