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Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: China Non-Life Insurance: Our outlook for the segment remains at Negative, owing to the persistent pressure on the motor business following detariffication and dependence on investment returns to support earnings.
Date: September 6, 2019    
Special Report: AM Best Compares BCAR Model Output with Solvency II Capital Requirements: AM Best finds that the risks contributing towards required capital in BCAR and Solvency II are broadly the same.
Date: August 5, 2019    
Commentary: Change in UK Ogden Discount Rate Falls Short of Industry Expectations: AM Best does not expect the change in the Ogden Discount Rate to have an impact on credit ratings of UK Insurers.
Date: July 18, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Bahrain’s Insurance Market’s Shine Fades, but Sector Still Prospering: Bahrain’s insurance market continues to thrive and remains the domicile of choice for a number of foreign operations.
Date: July 9, 2019    
Special Report: Applying AM Best’s Building Block Approach to “Italy Insurance S.p.A.": The Italian insurance market is mature and sophisticated, with a healthy level of capitalisation, but with high levels of concentration both in relation to its investment portfolio and product mix.
Date: June 5, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: India Non-Life Insurance: Our outlook is Negative, but non-life insurers that demonstrate sound risk management and disciplined underwriting are likely to improve their profitability and strengthen capital.
Date: May 21, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Italy Life: The Italian life insurance market has reported healthy profits over recent years, and AM Best expects good market discipline to support prospective technical margins.
Date: April 29, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Italy Non-Life: AM Best is maintaining a Stable outlook for the Italian non-life insurance market. Strong profitability is maintained despite economic headwinds.
Date: April 8, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Spain Non-Life: AM Best is maintaining a Stable outlook for the Spanish non-life insurance market. Solid underwriting discipline, alongside the stabilising effect of the CCS, has resulted in technical profits.
Date: April 5, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Germany Non-Life: AM Best is maintaining a Stable outlook on the German non-life insurance sector, and expects overall earnings to remain robust in 2019.
Date: April 3, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Germany Life: Low interest rates and weak earnings drive Negative outlook.
Date: April 3, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: UK Life: Our Stable outlook on the UK life segment is supported by strong growth opportunities, as well as insurers’ generally sophisticated enterprise risk management.
Date: April 2, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: France Life: Our outlook for the France Life Insurance segment is Stable. France’s life insurers have demonstrated greater discipline in recent years, strengthening their balance sheets and shifting their business mix to lower the average guarantees in their savings books.
Date: April 2, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: France Non-Life: France's non-life insurers have proven resilient amid challenging market dynamics, competition, pressure on technical margins, and the low interest rate environment.
Date: April 1, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: United Kingdom Non-Life: Our outlook remains Negative, as the political and economic uncertainties associated with Brexit continue to weigh on the UK's non-life market.
Date: March 27, 2019    
Briefing: UK Insurers Rated by AM Best Well Prepared for Brexit: Announcements by UK Government's HM Treasury and EIOPA support the orderly run-off of EU business.
Date: March 15, 2019    
Special Report: Wide-ranging Stakeholders Demand Greater Insurer and Reinsurer Focus on ESG Principles: The insurance industry’s focus on Environmental, Social and Governance factors is likely to remain an area of interest for the foreseeable future, driven in part by investors, consumers and regulatory authorities.
Date: February 27, 2019    
Market Segment Report: 2019 Review & Preview: US Property/Casualty: P/C industry financial results improve, but challenges persist.
Date: February 26, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Gulf Cooperation Council: Our outlook on the GCC insurance markets moved to Stable from Negative for several reasons: A settling down of geo-political risks and a return to economic growth; limited disruption from the implementation of a VAT; advances in risk management and improved regulatory sophistication (except for in Kuwait); and strong capital buffers and extensive reinsurance support.
Date: February 25, 2019    
Special Report: Spanish Insurers Utilise New Technology, but Traditional Distribution Methods Dominate: AM Best does not expect investment in technology and innovation to impact rated insurers’ operating performance in the short term.
Date: February 19, 2019    

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