OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In this second of five “First Monday” episodes, A.M. Best Senior Financial Analyst Maurice Thomas discusses how U.S. homeowners insurers are increasingly harnessing advanced predictive models to smooth operating volatility in their line of business. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=fmhomeowners815 to view the video program.
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Underwriting profitability in U.S. homeowners insurance is volatile. Combined ratios ranged from a high of 158.4% in 1992 to a low of 89.0% in 2006, compared with the private passenger automobile line, which typically hovers in the mid-90s; however, in the last two years, the homeowners insurance sector has been profitable, posting a combined ratio of 90.4% in 2013 and 92.4% in 2014.
“This could be a game changer for homeowners’ profitability in the long term,” said Thomas. “In the past, companies have relied on their automobile line results to obtain their profitable goals; however, now these companies are looking to gain more stability in their homeowners line to achieve their overall profitable goals and margins.”
In addressing the issue of pricing sophistication, Thomas said that it continues to evolve and gain traction in the performance of the homeowners line, and those carriers that do not utilize it are going to find themselves at a competitive disadvantage.
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