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Valentine’s Day Jewelry Sales to Reach $6.4 Billion, Experts Warn of Uninsured Losses

Valentine’s Day Jewelry Sales to Reach $6.4 Billion, Experts Warn of Uninsured Losses

Consumers will spend a record-breaking $6.4 billion on Valentine\'s Day jewelry purchases this year, according to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation. The annual survey shows that total Valentine\'s Day spending in the U.S. will reach $14.2 billion, another record, INSTORE Magazine reported Jan. 30. Although consumers expected to spend an average of $185.51…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Residential Property Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Residential Property Insurance

As today’s homeowners face the mounting pressures of inflation, worsening weather events and more, it is increasingly important for them to protect their assets with Residential Property Insurance policies such as Homeowners Insurance, Flood Insurance and Personal Articles Floaters. To learn more, Crain’s Content Studio spoke with Brandon​​​​ McCarty, Regional Practice Group Leader, Burns & Wilcox, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. What are…

P&C Report: 2024 Forecast

P&C Report: 2024 Forecast

Many of the primary factors that influenced the status of the Property & Casualty (P&C) market in 2023 are likely to remain in 2024. We continue to operate in a comparatively hard environment marked by rising but moderating rates on some lines of business, where it is often necessary to layer available capacity that includes carefully worded terms and conditions…

Video: 2024 Personal Insurance Outlook

Video: 2024 Personal Insurance Outlook

During the P&C Market Outlook: Eye on 2024 Webinar on January 4, 2024, our own Bill Gatewood joined us to provide an update on the Personal Insurance market. Watch a highlight from the discussion below. https://vimeo.com/901644448/ae9c319de6?share=copy

Webinar: Property & Casualty Market Outlook – Eye on 2024

Webinar: Property & Casualty Market Outlook – Eye on 2024

During this webinar, our experts Blaise D’Antoni, Bill Gatewood, and Rebecca Roberts met to discuss the factors that will shape the 2024 Property and Casualty market. Paul Smith hosted. Key Takeaways: There is an overall broader sense of optimism in the 2024 commercial property market. It has improved but still has to overcome the significant CAT losses from previous years…

Builders, Homeowners Strained as Construction Costs Continue to Rise

Builders, Homeowners Strained as Construction Costs Continue to Rise

Home building costs are continuing to rise in the U.S. and Canada. In San Jose, California, construction costs have reached record highs as builders deal with increased costs and high interest rates, Newsweek recently reported. Many would-be homeowners are priced out of the market, while some home builders have turned to designing smaller houses so more buyers can afford them.…

From Hurricanes to Tornadoes, 2023 Marks Another Record-Breaking Year for Severe Weather

From Hurricanes to Tornadoes, 2023 Marks Another Record-Breaking Year for Severe Weather

Severe weather continued to break records in 2023, escalating property risks for many homeowners in the U.S. as they grapple with rising costs and a shifting insurance market. A string of disastrous tornadoes in Middle Tennessee earlier this month contributed to what appeared to be the state’s deadliest December and eighth deadliest year for tornadoes, according to reports — only…

At Art Basel Miami Beach, Signs Point to Strengthened Art Market

At Art Basel Miami Beach, Signs Point to Strengthened Art Market

Early reports from one of the art industry\'s most significant U.S. events of the year pointed to a positive outlook for the art market, according to news outlets. Several galleries represented at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach, held Dec. 6-10, were reporting strong sales, including the sale of several works valued at more than $1 million and at least…

‘World’s Most Valuable’ Whisky Sells at Auction for $2.7 Million

‘World’s Most Valuable’ Whisky Sells at Auction for $2.7 Million

A bottle of the “world’s most valuable” whisky sold for $2.7 million at Sotheby’s on November 18. The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 is one of just 40 bottles filled in 1986 after the liquor aged for six decades in sherry casks, making it the oldest Macallan vintage ever made, Forbes reported. Another version of the single-malt whisky, which Sotheby\'s classified…

Property & Casualty Report: Q3/Q4 2023

Property & Casualty Report: Q3/Q4 2023

Despite the continued “flight toward profitability” for most carriers, moderation in both rate and capacity is occurring in many insurance sectors. Most rates are rising, but the level of increases is slowing. Capacity is generally available but often requires creativity. On the Casualty side, some classes remain stressed while carriers are competing for business in others. These and other trends…

Strategies for Brokers Facing a Difficult Personal Insurance Market

Strategies for Brokers Facing a Difficult Personal Insurance Market

The last few years have been challenging for the Property & Casualty (P&C) industry and the first half of 2023 was no different. After the first three months, the Insurance Information Institute had already predicted that 2023 would be unprofitable for carriers in P&C. Overall performance through the first six months has been as bad as the industry has seen…

Report: Reconstruction Costs Soaring Alongside Increasing Wildfire Risks

Report: Reconstruction Costs Soaring Alongside Increasing Wildfire Risks

More than 1.2 million homes in California are at a moderate or high risk of wildfire damage, representing a reconstruction cost value of more than $760 billion, according to a new report on wildfire risk in the U.S. It is just one of the findings from property analytics firm CoreLogic’s 2023 Wildfire Risk Report, which details wildfire threats, reconstruction costs,…

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