P/C Insurance Industry’s Net Underwriting Income Up 24% in Q1, Reports A.M. Best

The U.S. property/casualty industry posted net underwriting income of $4.2 billion in first-quarter 2019, a 24.0% increase from the same period in the previous year, according to preliminary financial results.

According to Best’s Special Report, “First Look–3 Month Property/Casualty Financial Results,” although statutory income improved, the combined ratio for the P/C industry deteriorated 1.3 points from the prior-year period to 96.5, with increases in the loss and loss-adjustment expense (LAE) ratio and the underwriting expense ratio (based on net premiums written, which fell by 2.3% compared with the prior-year period)…

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