The independent agency channel places 62 percent of all property/casualty insurance written in the U.S., according to the Big “I” 2022 Market Share Report.
The annual Market Share Report compiles and analyzes property and casualty premium data from AM Best and provides insights for agencies and carriers on current market shares by distribution types. Based on 2021 data, this year’s report points to independent agencies’ dominance in commercial lines, finding that nearly 88 percent of all commercial lines written premium is placed by the independent agency channel.
“The demise of the independent agency channel has been predicted by various sources for many years, but the Market Share Report affirms the reality that independent agents have and continue to place the majority of all P/C business,” said Chris Boggs, Big “I” vice president of agent development, education and research. “In particular, independent agents continue to prove their dominance in commercial lines.”
While independent agencies are the clear leaders in commercial lines, the independent agencies in the U.S. also place 37 percent of all personal lines premium.
Of the $765 billion in total premium written in the U.S., personal lines accounted for about 50 percent of the total premiums, just over 38 percent comes from commercial lines, and the remaining 12 percent is “unclassified” coverage that cannot be easily categorized as either personal or commercial lines. Independent agents place approximately 85 percent of this “unclassified” business.
Within the top 10 lines written by independent agents, workers compensation was the only line that did not see at least some growth in the percentage written by the independent agency channel over the five years ending in 2021. All other lines saw the percentage written by independent agents remain steady or grow.
Source: Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”)