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Guy Carpenter Says E&O Rates Fell In 2009

Source: Guy Carpenter

Posted on 10 Mar 2010

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Errors & Omissions insurance saw rate declines between 5% and 10% in 2009, Guy Carpenter & Co. LLC said March 1, though financial institutions were a notable exception, seeing double-digit rate increases early last year.

The declines came even as primary insurers sought increases but were prevented from realizing them by a "highly competitive market environment." E&O rates were in the single digits during the fourth quarter of 2009 for financial institutions, Guy Carpenter said, especially on lines that saw major increases a year ago.

Rates were most competitive at mid-size law firms, while the large law firm market did not see similar pressure on rates.