Downturn in stock market in face of pandemic hits insurer investments. Net written premiums were up in calm before the storm.
The surplus for the private U.S. property/casualty insurance industry dropped by $75.9 billion in the first quarter of 2020—its largest-ever quarterly decline—as the stock market suffered a major downturn, according to Verisk (NASDAQ:VRSK), the data analytics provider, and the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA). Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to affect many insurers and will likely impact underwriting results for the second quarter and the remainder of the year.
The surplus fell to $771.9 billion as