D&O, E&O Pricing Not Affected by Subprime Crisis
The crisis in the subprime mortgage market has had little impact on availability, cost or policy conditions of directors and officers liability (D&O) and errors and omissions liability (E&O) policies, according to a survey of financial sector risk managers and CFOs by Advisen Ltd., a provider of information and analytics to the commercial insurance industry. More than 90 percent of commercial banks, investment banks, mortgage lenders, real estate investment trusts and other companies in the financial services sector have renewed, or expect to renew, their D&O and E&O policies at the same or lower rates, Advisen said in a press statement Monday. This is despite more than $200 billion in writedowns reported to date from mortgage related investments and more than 175 lawsuits already filed against companies involved in the subprime mortgage market. More writedowns â€“ and more lawsuits â€“ are anticipated in the coming months. â€œWe launched this survey when we didn't detect a reaction to the subprime meltdown in the D&O and E&O insurance program data we routinely compile from insurance buyers and brokers,â€? said Dave Bradford, Advisen's chief insurance industry analyst. â€œWe felt there had to be more to the story, but the survey results confirm our initial observations â€“ all is quiet on the D&O and E&O fronts.â€? â€œOur informal discussions with brokers support the survey findings,â€? noted Tom Ruggieri, Advisen's CEO. â€œBrokers tell us that they may have to work hard, but they are getting tough risks placed with no change in rates or policy conditions. Programs with less subprime exposure are seeing significant rate decreases and broader coverage.â€? Something tells me actuaries might have alot in common with rating agencies; no insurer in the D&O/E&O space has had to pay out on any claims yet. Let's see what happens to rates once a few paid claims come in.