Transportation Insurance Pricing Survey (TIPS™) Results Released, Market Remains Soft, Rate Decreases Continue

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NIP Group, Inc. published the results of the Transportation Insurance Pricing Survey (TIPS™) for the third quarter of 2010. The survey was issued to leading transportation insurance brokers, wholesalers and underwriters representing thousands of account placements and is used to benchmark changes in the availability and rates in the transportation insurance market.

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TIPS™ results indicate that rate decreases are in line with last quarter with underwriters in a few segments and lines of business pushing back in an attempt to hold rates flat

NIP Group, Inc. published the results of the Transportation Insurance Pricing Survey (TIPS™) for the third quarter of 2010. The survey was issued to leading transportation insurance brokers, wholesalers and underwriters representing thousands of account placements and is used to benchmark changes in the availability and rates in the transportation insurance market.

Survey responses indicate that the transportation insurance market remains soft. In addition, participants believe that there has not been much change in carrier behavior since last quarter. There are still many carriers chasing premium in the transportation market. Rates continue to fall across all account sizes in line with the prior quarters’ results.

The survey also measures premium changes across ten different transportation segments including:

  • Trucking Operations
  • Intermodal Carriers
  • Messenger/Courier Services
  • Ambulance/Paratransit
  • School Bus Contractors        
  • Bulk Transportation
  • Airport Ground Transportation
  • Charter/Tour Bus Operators
  • Specialized Carriers & Riggers
  • Limousine Services

Compared to last quarter, survey participants report that underwriters of Bulk Transportation, Specialized Carriers and Riggers, Ambulance and Airport Ground segments are resisting further rates decreases.

From a line of business perspective, a significant number of respondents believe that the rate contraction in the Worker’s Compensation line of business is beginning to ease with more than 50% indicating rates are flat or up from last quarter. However, Umbrella and Owner Operators rates are heading in the other direction and continue to fall.

“TIPS™ results indicate that rate decreases are in line with last quarter with underwriters in a few segments and lines of business pushing back in an attempt to hold rates flat”, said Richard Augustyn, CEO of NIP Group, Inc. “It remains a buyers market with more than enough underwriting capacity available. We will continue to monitor TIPS to see if this trend will continue and how the market reacts to the rollout of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration’s new Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA 2010) initiative officially kicking off November 30th”.

Detailed results can be downloaded at: http:/http://www.nipgroup.com/corporate/tips-results-3q-2010/

About NIP Group, Inc.
NIP Group, Inc. is a specialized business insurance and risk management intermediary, ranked among the largest 100 in the United States and providing a wide range of brokerage, underwriting and risk management services to select market segments.

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