Insurance Rates Rising, But Profitability Elusive

After suffering through a year of elevated property losses and poor underwriting results in 2011, U.S. commercial-lines insurers are positioned to deliver improved operating results this year—but carriers will still struggle to reach previous profit marks, one analyst says.

Recent reports also indicate that insurers should continue to see rising prices and hardening market conditions, with risks beginning to move from the standard market back to the surplus-lines space.

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