P/C Research

The following Best’s Special Reports and Best’s Briefings present in-depth analyses of the Property/Casualty insurance market. Best's Special Reports provide a comprehensive examination of the market, events and trends from A.M. Best's unique perspective, while Best's Briefings feature similar analysis in a more concise format.


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2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Homeowners Multi Peril – Industry’s Direct Premiums Written Increased 5.4%: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top 100 U.S. homeowners multiple peril writers based on 2019 direct premiums written.
Date: September 28, 2020    
Special Report: Mid-year Rating Changes Mixed as P/C Insurers Manage Challenging Market Dynamics : Affirmations were again the most common rating action, and most rating outlooks remained at Stable.
Date: September 28, 2020    
Market Segment Report: More Hurdles for Crop Insurers in 2020 Following a Poor 2019: In 2019, the US crop insurance segment generated the worst results in a decade.
Date: September 23, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Caribbean P/C Insurers Suffer Double Blow from Rising Reinsurance Rates and COVID-19: The entire Caribbean is being threatened more by COVID-19 than by storms this year.
Date: September 18, 2020    
Commentary: Potentially Severe Flood Losses from Hurricane Sally: The gap between economic and insured losses is likely to be significant.
Date: September 17, 2020    
Commentary: UK COVID-19 Business Interruption Court Ruling Brings Greater Clarity but Questions Remain: Following the English High Court’s judgment in the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) business interruption (BI) insurance test case, AM Best expects COVID-19-related BI claims to have a material impact on UK commercial property insurers’ 2020 earnings. The aggregate solvency of the UK non-life insurance sector, however, should remain robust.
Date: September 15, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Expanding Opportunities Bolster Surplus Lines Growth and Operating Results: The surplus lines composite generated far more favorable underwriting results in 2019 over 2018, in addition to the usual pretax and net profits.
Date: September 10, 2020    
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.
Date: September 8, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Property/Casualty – 6-Month 2020 Financial Results: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top property and casualty writers as ranked by 6-month 2020 net premiums written as of June 30, 2020.
Date: September 7, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Taiwan Non-Life Insurance: Our outlook is Stable, given the consistent underwriting and investment performances, as well as strong capitalisation of Taiwan’s non-life insurers.
Date: September 3, 2020    
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.
Date: September 2, 2020    
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.
Date: August 28, 2020    
Commentary: Hurricane Laura Losses Could Further Stress Insurers’ 2020 Earnings: The demand surge from Hurricane Laura will be exacerbated by pandemic conditions.
Date: August 26, 2020    
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.
Date: August 26, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Property/Casualty - 2019 Asset Distribution – Industry’s Gross Yield on Invested Assets Decreased to 3.5%: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top 100 U.S. property/casualty insurers as ranked by 2019 admitted assets.
Date: August 24, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Commercial Market Dislocation Could Provide New Opportunities for Captives to Fill the Void: The rated US captives continue to outperform their commercial market peers, amid new opportunities.
Date: July 29, 2020    
Special Report: Net Capital Charge Tables for ACIS/CIRT Reinsurance Transactions (July 2020 Update): AM Best releases 3rd semiannual ACIS/CIRT Net Capital Charge tables.
Date: July 27, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Total Auto – Industry’s Direct Premiums Written Increased 4.1%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 U.S. total auto writers based on 2019 direct premiums written as of July 27, 2020.
Date: July 27, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Auto Liability – Industry’s Direct Premiums Written Increased 4.0%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 auto liability insurers based on 2019 direct premiums written.
Date: July 27, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Auto Physical Damage – Industry’s Direct Premiums Written Increased 11.4%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 physical auto damage insurers based on 2019 direct premiums written.
Date: July 27, 2020    
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