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Global average commercial insurance prices increased 14% in the first quarter of 2020, according to the Global Insurance Market Index, released by Marsh. (Photo: Vectomart/Shutterstock) Global average commercial insurance prices increased 14% in the first quarter of 2020, according to the Global Insurance Market Index, released by Marsh. (Photo: Vectomart/Shutterstock)

For the tenth consecutive quarter, commercial insurance prices across regions rose an average of 14% in the first quarter, says Marsh’s Global Insurance Market Index for Q1 2020. The rate hike marks the largest year-over-year increase since Marsh began publishing the index eight years ago.

“Pricing was trending higher in the first quarter, prior to any meaningful impact from losses associated with COVID-19,” Dean Klisura, president, global placement and advisory services at Marsh, said in a statement. He also noted that the pandemic will likely affect the remaining quarters, with its impact reflected in the total balance for 2020.

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Heather A. Turner

Heather A. Turner is the managing editor of ALM's NU Property & Casualty Group. She can be reached at [email protected].

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