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Special Report: US Life/Annuity Insurers’ BBB Bond Exposures Continue to Grow
Since the financial crisis, the L/A segment has held the highest percentage of BBB securities, while the smaller exposures of the P/C and health segments have doubled.
November 25, 2019 - 7 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
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Special Report: US Health: Strong Interest Coverage Despite Higher Debt
The US health insurers have issued debt a number of reasons: raising capital for strategic acquisitions, restructuring previously issued higher-interest debt, and expansion initiatives, among others.
November 21, 2019 - 9 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
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Special Report: Life/Annuity Holdings of Structured Notes on the Rise
Holdings of structured notes have increased substantially but they still constitute a relatively small portion of insurers’ general accounts—roughly 1% of the segment’s total invested assets in 2018.
November 21, 2019 - 4 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
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Special Report: Life/Annuity Companies’ Appetite for Long-Term Debt Kept in Check
Insurers’ long-term debt holdings have generally declined since 2010; AM Best expects segment demand for additional long-term debt to be stable or to rise only modestly.
November 21, 2019 - 10 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
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ComplimentaryMarket Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: South Korea Non-Life Insurance
Intense competition in the auto and long-term insurance lines and rising interest obligations may pressure overall profitability.
October 29, 2019- 5 Pages   Access Report     
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ComplimentaryMarket Segment Report: MENA Reinsurers: Turbulence Creates Opportunity
Middle East and North African reinsurers have faced increased turbulence in recent years, creating challenges for some and opportunities for others. The market remains characterised by challenging conditions, overcapacity, and an increase in large loss activity.
September 30, 2019- 5 Pages   Access Report     
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ComplimentaryMarket Segment Report: Sub-Saharan Africa Remains a Long-Term Opportunity for Reinsurers
The ongoing development of the continent’s economies, together with gradual increases in insurance penetration, have contributed to the expansion of the region’s reinsurance markets over the longer term.
September 26, 2019- 5 Pages   Access Report     
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Market Segment Report: Farm Bureaus: Favorable Ratings Despite Limited Business Profiles
Over the past decade, the P/C farm bureaus’ net premium has grown consistently, while the L/A segment’s growth has fluctuated within a narrow range and remains a challenge.
September 23, 2019 - 14 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
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Market Segment Report: US P/C Mutual Insurers: Underwriting Results Improve; Challenges Remain
The rated mutuals reported significant improvement in underwriting performance in 2018, which contributed to solid surplus growth.
September 18, 2019 - 14 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
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ComplimentaryMarket Segment Report: Attraction of Turkish Insurance Market Hampered by Underwriting Losses and Economic Volatility
Turkish insurers remain vulnerable to economic and political turbulence, as well as limited pricing control in motor third-party liability business.
September 18, 2019- 7 Pages   Access Report     
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