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Special Report: COVID-19 Highlights Weaknesses in Insurers’ Enterprise Risk Management: Insurers cannot expect to be immune to economic slumps and supply chain disruptions.
Date: September 24, 2020    
Market Segment Report: MENA Reinsurers Strive to Adapt to Testing Conditions: In general, MENA regional reinsurers have demonstrated resilience in a difficult operating environment.
Date: September 22, 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: Tough Operating Conditions Present Challenges for Sub-Saharan Reinsurance Markets: Rapid industrialisation and increasing investment in infrastructure have contributed to the expansion of the region's reinsurance markets over the past 10 years.
Date: September 2, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Germany Non-Life: Growth in Germany’s non-life insurance market is expected to be subdued in 2020 due to the COVID-19-driven economic decline.
Date: July 9, 2020    
Special Report: Performance Bonds—Demand Spotlights Different Approaches: AM Best believes the behavioural consequences of different performance bond models merit serious consideration by policy-makers.
Date: June 25, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Germany Life Insurance: The key challenge for Germany's life insurance segment remains the low interest rate environment.
Date: June 15, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Spain Life : The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to negatively affect the profitability and solvency metrics of Spain’s life insurers.
Date: June 2, 2020    
Market Segment Report: COVID-19 Throws Spotlight on London Market Modernisation : The COVID-19 pandemic might even accelerate some long-awaited changes to the way London Market business is transacted.
Date: June 2, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Spain Non-Life: Insurers’ premiums are expected to decline due to tough economic conditions.
Date: June 2, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: India Non-Life: Unhealthy reliance on realised and unrealised gains from high-risk investment classes to offset underwriting losses.
Date: May 19, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Italy Non-Life: A likely recession in 2020 will have a negative impact on premium levels in Italy’s non-life insurance segment.
Date: May 13, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: France Non-Life: Premium levels are expected to drop as commercial activity in France has stalled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Date: April 20, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: UK Non-Life: Underwriting margins may be further squeezed this year as a COVID-19-driven economic slowdown pressures premium volumes.
Date: April 15, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: United Kingdom Life: The financial markets have responded quickly to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Date: April 3, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Italy Life: Earnings will be affected by volatility in financial markets and the potential for further asset devaluations.
Date: April 3, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: France Life: The COVID-19 outbreak may slow insurers’ ability to transform their business mix, at least in the medium term.
Date: April 3, 2020    
Commentary: EIOPA Information Request Points to Solvency II Changes for Insurers: EIOPA's Solvency II review is assembling a mix of changes which, at least when taken together, might provide a pragmatic outcome.
Date: March 24, 2020    
Commentary: New Budget Generally Positive for UK Insurance Companies: Extra spending on flood defences and the promise of increased investment in infrastructure should be a positive for insurance demand.
Date: March 11, 2020    
Commentary: European Insurers Well Positioned to Manage Potential Exposure to Pandemic Risk: Volatility in the wider financial markets could affect insurers’ results and financial strength.
Date: March 6, 2020    

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