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JUNE 08, 2022 08:46 AM (EDT)

Best's Market Segment Report: Motivated Sellers and Active Buyers Fuel Buoyant Market for Non-Life Run-Off Reserves

 Alex Rafferty, ACA
Associate Director, Analytics
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Tim Prince
Director, Analytics
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Richard Banks
Director, Industry Research – EMEA
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Edem Kuenyehia
Director, Market Development
& Communications
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LONDON - JUNE 08, 2022 08:46 AM (EDT)
Activity in the global non-life legacy (i.e., run-off) insurance market is buoyant, and run-off is no longer seen as an option of last resort and indicative of failed operations, analysis by AM Best shows.

According to a new Best’s Market Segment Report, titled, “Motivated Sellers and Active Buyers Fuel Buoyant Market for Non-Life Run-Off Reserves,” (re)insurers are increasingly using the legacy insurance segment as part of their capital and risk management strategies, often for long-tailed insurance liabilities.

The report identifies a variety of motivations for insurers to sell books of business and points to an influx of capital into the segment in recent periods, along with new market entrants, which together are driving high levels of activity in the legacy insurance market. Conditions remain competitive, which may weigh on deal pricing and prospective profitability.

The legacy segment also faces challenges in the form of reserving uncertainties driven by inflationary trends, a shifting regulatory landscape and impacts arising from the adoption of IFRS 17.

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