Hard Insurance Market

Hard Insurance Market

A period of time during which insurance companies are able to assess high premiums and therefore achieve high profits. A hard insurance market may occur after a disaster, which enables insurers to tighten their underwriting standards and therefore write fewer policies on lower risk clients. This contributes to their profitability. However, it may be difficult to obtain insurance during a hard insurance market. It is considered a normal part of the business cycle of insurance. See also: Soft insurance market.
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Businesses concerned about the impending hard insurance market are taking risks when seeking coverage, and as a result, they are not getting what they want, Lindberg said.
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