AM Best Research & Commentary
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
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 www.ambest.com.