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Market Segment Report: Stop-Loss Insurance Segment Continues to Grow Significantly
The growth in self-insurance in the wake of the ACA has led to a rise in stop loss insurance, which helps employers mitigate risks related to self-insurance, such as the loss of revenue owing to the impact of the ACA.
August 15, 2019 - 8 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
ComplimentarySpecial 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.
August 05, 2019- 7 Pages   Access Report     
Special Report: Insurers’ Structured Securities Holdings Continue to Rise
Insurers are likely to increase their allocations to structured securities; residential mortgage-backed securities constitute the largest share of insurers’ holdings, but holdings of collateralized loan obligations and student-loan backed securities are also growing.
July 29, 2019 - 12 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
Market Segment Report: Rated Captives Continue to Build Upon Strengths
The rated US captives continues to outperform their counterparts in the commercial casualty segment.
July 29, 2019 - 22 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
Special Report: Net Capital Charges Associated with ACIS/CIRT Reinsurance Transactions
AM Best is publishing the Net Capital Charges associated with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac credit risk transfer transactions, ACIS and CIRT. Reinsurers have significantly expanded their participation in these transactions, with varied impacts depending on business line diversification as well as the level of investment risk in their portfolios.
July 23, 2019 - 10 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
ComplimentaryCommentary: Expanding Child Victim Compensation Laws Could Adversely Affect Insurers
Insurers and reinsurers offering specialized coverage to educational, religious, daycare, and municipal employers are the most vulnerable.
July 22, 2019- 4 Pages   Access Report     
ComplimentaryCommentary: 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.
July 18, 2019- 2 Pages   Access Report     
Special Report: Insurers Create New Types of Coverage for Mass Shooting Attacks
Demand for active assailant (or violent event) policies and risk mitigation programs continues to rise as shootings in the US increase.
July 11, 2019 - 7 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
Special Report: Life Insurers Continue to Reduce Hedge Fund Investments
Life/annuity insurers pull back hedge fund holdings by more than 18% over 2017.
July 10, 2019 - 6 Pages     Access Report  (Spreadsheet Data Available)     
ComplimentaryMarket 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.
July 09, 2019- 4 Pages   Access Report     
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