Under analysis: Evaluating retention levels in a hardening market

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By Stephen R. DiCenso | 01 November 2012

Very few companies are large enough for have sufficient risk appetite to fully retain all of their property/casualty commercial insurance risks. Moreover, the decision on what level of risk to retain is impacted by the state of the insurance market.

The signs of a firming insurance market—and likely soon to be hardening market—are upon us. It’s an ideal time for organizations to re-evaluate their total cost of risk using a real world example that will highlight the advantages, disadvantages, and trade-offs associated with varying retention levels under different market conditions.

This article was originally published in Best’s Review, November 2012 (subscription required).