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Reinsurance Sector Outlook Is Stable Amidst Pandemic

AM Best also notes underwriting gains for Medicare Advantage and comments on group capital rules in Hong Kong.
  • October 2020

A selection of recent industry research:


Market Segment Outlook: Taiwan Non-Life Insurance

Our outlook is stable, given the consistent underwriting and investment performances, as well as strong capitalization of Taiwan's non-life insurers.

September 3, 2020 - 6 Pages


Market Segment Report: Global Reinsurers Maintain Equilibrium through COVID-19 Turbulence

When market uncertainty and economic volatility translate to a “stable” global reinsurance market outlook.

September 2, 2020 - 89 Pages


Special Report: US Health: Favorable Underwriting Gains for Medicare Advantage

Higher CMS star ratings correlate to better margins.

August 31, 2020 - 11 Pages


Special Report: Emergence of “Total Return Reinsurers”

Total return reinsurers have the potential to generate significantly higher investment returns than traditional reinsurers, although results thus far have been muted and volatile.

August 28, 2020 - 9 Pages


Market Segment Report: The Maghreb: One Region, Three Unique Insurance Markets

Improving insurance penetration is a regional priority, particularly through the introduction of new personal lines products in the underdeveloped retail sector.

August 25, 2020 - 12 Pages


Special Report: Corporate Bond Holdings Pose Risk to Insurers' Balance Sheets

Economic factors are concerns for insurers' balance sheets, as corporate bonds constitute a majority of the industry's assets.

August 18, 2020 - 10 Pages


Special Report: Understanding Country Risk Evaluation in Best's Credit Ratings

Insurers that effectively manage country risk can achieve ratings higher than the sovereign of their domicile.

August 10, 2020 - 9 Pages

AM Best Commentary

Commentary: Insurance Liability at the Forefront as School Year Begins

Insurers may face an onslaught of lawsuits, with the potential for significant expenses and losses.

September 8, 2020 - 4 Pages


Commentary: New Group Capital Rule to Boost Hong Kong Insurance Market

New proposed rule to empower the regulator with greater supervisory authority over insurance holding companies.

September 3, 2020 - 2 Pages


Commentary: 2020 California Wildfires May Lead to Further Spikes in Reinsurance Rates

The 2020 wildfires may be at least as costly as the 2017 wildfires and may affect excess and surplus lines insurers.

August 27, 2020 - 4 Pages


Commentary: The ILS Retro Market, COVID-19, and Pre-Emptive Trapping

Potential litigation and pre-emptive trapping in the wake of COVID-19 will further constrain the supply of ILS capital.

August 26, 2020 - 5 Pages

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