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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    
Market Segment Report: UK Non-Life Insurers’ Profit Margins Under Pressure in a Competitive Market: Brexit could have negative implications for investment income and claims inflation, as well as premium volumes.
Date: October 22, 2018    
Special Report: Impact of Government and Regulatory Support for Local Reinsurers Varies in Asian Markets: Where government intervention does have a positive impact on local reinsurers' market position, the resulting acceleration in growth needs to be matched with an appropriate strengthening of risk management capabilities.
Date: October 17, 2018    
Special Report: Applying A.M. Best’s Building Block Approach to “Spain Insurance S.A.”: The Spanish insurance market can be considered stable and developed, and is well balanced between both life and non-life risks
Date: October 3, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Sub-Saharan African Markets Attract Reinsurers Despite Economic Conditions: Regional reinsurers need to step up and invest in innovation in order to stay ahead of the curve.
Date: September 19, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Longstanding MENA Reinsurers Demonstrate Resilience in Tough Market Conditions: The MENA region remains an attractive growth prospect, with underlying insurance market growth and low penetration rates.
Date: September 17, 2018    
Briefing: Kerala Floods: Limited Impact on Rated Insurers’ Capital, May Add to Performance Issues: Kerala ranked ninth as a source of non-life premiums in 2017
Date: September 12, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Global Reinsurance: Optimism Fizzles, It's Back to the "New Normal": Improved risk selection, diversification of product offerings, geographic reach, and conservative loss picks are key to reinsurer survival
Date: September 4, 2018    
Market Segment Report: European Insurers’ Focus on Profitability Overrides Desire to Grow Top-Line: Companies are increasingly concentrating on high margin lines and cost efficiencies to meet their ROE targets.
Date: August 28, 2018    
Briefing: Insurers Step Up Brexit Plans in Absence of Clarity: To ensure their ability to continue to provide services after Brexit, UK insurers have accelerated their plans to set up new EU subsidiaries, despite the lack of clarity as to what a future trade deal will look like.
Date: August 3, 2018    
Market Segment Report: GCC Natural Catastrophe and Man-Made Losses Highlight Importance of Enterprise Risk Management: Man-made events more than offset the more muted natural catastrophe activity in the region
Date: July 25, 2018    
Special Report: Solvency II - Available Capital Assisted By Unit-Linked and Non-Life: The focus on market values for credit related assets means the Solvency II process threatens to become remote from actual default costs.
Date: June 14, 2018    
Briefing: M&A Drivers Set to Remain, Fuelling Further Insurance Deals : In their search for profitable expansion, insurers are increasingly turning to M&A, owing to limited organic growth opportunities in an intensely competitive environment.
Date: May 25, 2018    
Briefing: GDPR: The Issues for European Insurers at Implementation: The insurance sector in Europe has seemingly adjusted more rapidly to GDPR requirements than other industries
Date: May 22, 2018    

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