U.S. Personal Lines Rates Rise in May

Price Increases Assessed on Most Homeowners and Auto Accounts

After analyzing the data for all types of personal lines insurance placements, MarketScout reports a slight premium increase in the composite rate for U.S. personal lines business. The composite rate is up from plus 3 percent in April to plus 4 percent in May 2013.

Richard Kerr, CEO of MarketScout, noted, "Regardless of the value of your home, most insureds had premium increases for renewals in May. Perhaps the numerous tornadoes or the pending hurricane season had an impact on pricing. We feel the increases are driven more by underwriter's sentiment than actuarial projections."

Homes of all values were assessed a 4 percent rate increase. Automobile rates also increased, from plus 3 percent in April to plus 4 percent in May 2013. Personal articles premiums remained the same at plus 3 percent.

The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research conducted pricing surveys used in MarketScout's analysis of market conditions. These surveys help to further corroborate MarketScout's actual findings, mathematically driven by new and renewal placements across the United States.

A summary of the May 2013 personal lines rates is set forth below.

Personal Lines

Homeowners under $1,000,000 value

Up 4%

Homeowners over $1,000,000 value

Up 4%


Up 4%

Personal Articles

Up 3%

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