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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: 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: 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 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    
Special Report: Consolidation Trends to Continue as Western European Insurers Seek Growth: Insurers operating in Western Europe are enjoying relatively stable economic conditions, although achieving growth remains challenging and is likely to fuel continued merger and acquisition activity.
Date: January 31, 2019    
Special Report: CIS Insurers Navigate Geopolitical Instability and Regulatory Changes: Changes in balance sheet strength have been a key driver for rating actions among CIS-domiciled insurers.
Date: January 24, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Gibraltar Insurance Market Enjoys Solid Performance but Brexit Creates Uncertainty: Gibraltar’s insurance market is concentrated on motor business, and the UK’s decision to leave the EU creates some uncertainty for Gibraltar domiciled insurers.
Date: November 21, 2018    
Briefing: UK Insurers Prepare for Loss of Passporting Rights Post Brexit: The majority of insurance groups affected by Brexit and which are rated by A.M. Best have either completed or initiated a transfer of their EEA business
Date: November 19, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Rated Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Barbados Captives Stay the Course: The segment continues to generate strong operating results and outperform the commercial market.
Date: November 13, 2018    
Special Report: European Captives – Building Block Rating Considerations: A.M. Best’s European captive ratings have been stable through the past year.
Date: November 12, 2018    
Special Report: Insurance Industry Becomes Active in the Development of the ESG Agenda: With no industry-wide environmental, social and governance (ESG) standard in place, it can be overwhelming for companies to understand fully how to implement and disclose ESG practices.
Date: October 24, 2018    

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