Retail energy margins remain under pressure on both sides of the Atlantic due to rising energy prices and competition.The recently completed 270 MW Lincs offshore wind farm is an expensive renewable energy source that requires government subsidies to support development. This could be problematic
Markel's relatively large exposure to equities makes the company more vulnerable to swings in the market, and necessitates higher capital levels.The company's acquisitions have not always been easily integrated, and Alterra is an especially large deal.Markel's business model--achieving an
ACE is returning more capital to shareholders as well as deploying it for acquisitions.
The Allstate Financial segment dragged the company to a loss during the financial crisis. Despite reducing its exposure to some coastal areas, Allstate may experience large loss years caused by Midwestern catastrophes.Allstate's direct-to-consumer channel is not as developed as some competitors'.
Loblaw has handled elevated competition, but intensifying rivalry is still a long-term concern.
Chubb has large exposure to municipal bonds through its investment portfolio. Write-downs or defaults of these securities would impair the company's results and equity position.Climate change introduces a new point of uncertainty for insurers with catastrophe exposure, and future returns could be
Given his importance to the culture and dynamics of the firm, succession for CEO Bill Berkley may have a negative impact on the company's results. He is now in his late 60s.The investment in international opportunities creates a point of uncertainty, and results to date have been merely
Progressive has continually pioneered ways to reach customers and segment their individual risks.
Travelers’ moat will sustain high returns even in a softening insurance pricing environment.
Given the importance of management's discretion to properly allocate capital, recent management shakeups may have disrupted the business.HCC's acquisition-centric business model adds overpayment and integration risks.The company has a fairly large exposure to municipal bonds through its investment