Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Seeking Alpha: W.R. Berkley Pushing On Through A Tough Market

Tougher times are in the property and casualty insurance market, as insurers like ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE), Chubb (NYSE:CB), Hartford (NYSE:HIG), Travelers (NYSE:TRV), and W.R. Berkley (NYSE:WRB) are finding it harder to push rate increases and weak interest rates limit returns on conventional investment options. With loss trends having been pretty benign in recent years, there are worries among some investors and analysts that the industry is setting itself up for a string of weak performance as losses bite into capital and push down returns.

I'm really not that concerned about W.R. Berkley in that context. I am worried about limited premium growth potential and the year-to-year risks of the company's more aggressive investment philosophy, but I think the company's underwriting quality has shown itself over time and I still see opportunities for the company to grow its underwriting operations organically. I'm still not crazy about the valuation, but bargains in the P&C are hard to find these days.

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W.R. Berkley Pushing On Through A Tough Market

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