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AM Best Research & Commentary

AM Best expects the bail bond market to face legislative headwinds, sees reinsurers bracing for mortgage losses and says the D&O industry could face “seismic” changes. It also reports the results of its COVID-19 stress test of rated companies.
  • July 2020
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A selection of recent industry research:


Market Segment Report: Accelerating Trends, Unprecedented Turmoil Could Lead to Seismic Change for D&O Industry

COVID-19 may add even more challenges for D&O insurers.

June 10, 2020 - 8 Pages

Special Report: First Look: 3-Month 2020 Life/Annuity Financial Results

The Life/Annuity industry reported its first net operating loss since 2008.

June 8, 2020 - 5 Pages

Special Report: Severe Test for the Municipal Bond Market

Insurers' significant muni bond holdings are manageable, but COVID-19 poses a considerable challenge for the municipal bond market.

June 4, 2020 - 7 Pages

Market Segment Outlook: Spain Non-Life

Insurers' premiums are expected to decline due to tough economic conditions.

June 2, 2020 - 5 Pages

Market Segment Outlook: Spain Life

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to negatively affect the profitability and solvency metrics of Spain's life insurers.

June 2, 2020 - 5 Pages

Market Segment Report: COVID-19 Throws Spotlight on London Market Modernisation

The COVID-19 pandemic might even accelerate some long-awaited changes to the way London Market business is transacted.

June 2, 2020 - 5 Pages

Commentary: COVID-19 Impact on Health Insurance Companies Smaller Than Expected

COVID-19 side effects: delayed surgeries and routine care; lower utilization for insurers.

May 27, 2020 - 4 Pages

Special Report: First Look: 3-Month 2020 Property/Casualty Financial Results

The impact of COVID-19 was limited in the first quarter reporting period.

May 26, 2020 - 6 Pages

Special Report: Mortgage Reinsurance and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Reinsurers brace for pandemic-fueled spate of mortgage losses.

May 21, 2020 - 10 Pages

Special Report: US Insurers Continue to Reduce Hedge Fund Exposures

The rated insurers continue to adjust their investment strategies and to cut back on their hedge fund holdings overall.

May 20, 2020 - 7 Pages

Market Segment Outlook: Colombia Insurance

Our outlook has gone from Stable to Negative, as the pandemic and the resulting economic damage will strain the country's insurance industry considerably.

May 19, 2020 - 3 Pages

Special Report: Stress Testing Rated Companies for COVID-19

Globally, the insurance industry is well capitalized, with most of the rated (re)insurers performing well in our stress test.

May 18, 2020 - 15 Pages

Market Segment Report: Bail Bond Market Faces Legislative Headwinds

Predictions that the bail bond insurance industry would quickly wilt in the face of cash bail reform have been premature.

May 11, 2020 - 7 Pages

Best's Insurance News & Analysis subscribers can download PDF copies of all Best's Special Reports, Best's Commentaries and Best's Market Segment Reports along with supporting spreadsheet data at

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