Commercial insurers profit margins are squeezed when pricing remains flat, as it has for five straight quarters. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Commercial insurers, like many other businesses are facing difficult economic times, fraught with uncertainty — which has had a significant impact on pricing over the last year.

According to the latest Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS) from global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson, for the fifth straight quarter, commercial insurance prices in the U.S. were nearly flat. The survey compared prices charged on policies written during the fourth quarter of 2016 to those charged for the same coverage during the equivalent quarter in 2015.

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