Cost of commercial insurance is a critical factor for most businesses. Since it increases the operating costs and eats away at a company’s profits, most entrepreneurs are torn between choosing one policy over another, as well as choosing an insurer offering business insurance at affordable rates. In Singapore, just like in other countries, commercial insurance costs vary, depending on various factors. The business location, number of employees, age of business properties, the level of business risk, and protections available against theft or property damage are factors that influence the cost of insurance.
The global pandemic saw most businesses shut down or slow down dramatically in 2020. The rise in risk levels also meant an increase in the cost of business insurance. Alicja Grzadkowska analyzes the impact of the pandemic on the cost of insurance.
What a rise in business insurance cost means to businesses
“Another quarter brings another round of price increases for global commercial insurance. This time, prices jumped by 22% in Q4 of 2020, according to Marsh’s “Global Insurance Market Index.
The latest increase is the largest since the index was launched in 2012, and it comes on the back of year-on-year average increases of 20% in the third quarter and 19% in the second quarter of 2020.” Read more here
A business survey carried out towards the end of 2020 shows that 63% of Singapore businesses were negatively affected by the pandemic. Unfortunately, these same businesses are expected to pay higher premiums on business insurance because of the added risks, despite a fall in income. If rates keep rising, many businesses may go into debt to cover their commercial insurance obligations.
In the following article, Austin Landes introduces commercial insurance basics, including what is considered during the pricing of policies.
What insurers consider when determining the cost of business insurance
You have worked hard to build your business. Whether it be the significant cash investment required to open your doors or the hours spent building a profitable business, you now need to protect that investment.
Commercial insurance can seem complicated. There are virtually unlimited options for you to purchase or not purchase. Knowing the basics with some commercial insurance 101 knowledge can help you manage your business risk while helping you save money on coverage that you may not really need. Read more here
If you are running a business, you are probably wondering why insurers are raising their rates, sometimes in double digits, at a time when the business environment is not competitive. Shouldn’t they be reducing rates in a bid to cushion businesses from the harsh business environment? Unfortunately, insurers are not sentimental. Some may understand your financial constraints, but they may be able to do much to lower your premium. Your company’s liability risk is of great importance to insurance companies. This is why the cost of every business insurance policy takes into account the level of risk.
Business insurance covers that have taken the greatest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — North American commercial insurance prices are expected to increase in every line except one, according to Willis Towers Watson’s (NASDAQ: WLTW) 2021 Insurance Marketplace Realities report. Promisingly, the leading global advisory, broking and solutions company suggests that the insurance industry will adapt to the continuing hard market by utilizing analytics and data-driven tools to change the way both buyers and sellers approach the negotiating table when it comes to risk transfer. Read more here
The pandemic has brought many disruptions in business. Some companies have resorted to working remotely, while others have had to restrict the number of staff working in a facility at any given time. Unfortunately, the rise in the cost of business insurance is not the only disruption in business insurance. There has also been an increase in compensation demands, as some workers have unfortunately contracted the virus, and others have passed on after being infected at work.
The fear of the increase in demand for compensation is one reason for the rise in business insurance premiums. Hopefully, as more solutions are found for the pandemic, the cost of insurance will slowly ease. For business owners, a fall in the price of business insurance will help business owners retain some profits. Additionally, it will make losses easier to manage since most companies have been operating with a negative balance for a while.