Life/Annuity Research

The following Best's Special Reports and Best's Briefings present in-depth analyses of the Life/Health insurance market. Best's Special Reports provide a comprehensive examination of the market, events and trends from A.M. Best's unique perspective, while Best's Briefings feature similar analysis in a more concise format.


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Special Report: L/H Upgrades Outnumber Downgrades in First-Half of 2020: Positive rating trends continue through midyear but uncertainty abounds for the months ahead.
Date: September 28, 2020    
Market Segment Report: COVID-19 Taking Its Toll on Canada’s Economy and Insurance Industry: The P/C segment is faring somewhat better than the L/A segment thus far but uncertainties abound.
Date: September 8, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Life/Health – 6-Month 2020 Financial Results: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top U.S. life and health groups as ranked by 6-month 2020 admitted assets as of June 30, 2020.
Date: September 7, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Global Reinsurers Maintain Equilibrium through COVID-19 Turbulence: When market uncertainty and economic volatility translate to a “stable” global reinsurance market outlook.
Date: September 2, 2020    
Special Report: First Look: 6 Month 2020 Life/Annuity Financial Results: The life/annuity industry’s net income was down sharply in the first half of 2020, although capital and surplus were up.
Date: September 1, 2020    
Market Segment Report: The Maghreb: One Region, Three Unique Insurance Markets: Improving insurance penetration is a regional priority, particularly through the introduction of new personal lines products in the under-developed retail sector.
Date: August 25, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Life/Health – 2019 Asset Distribution – Industry’s Net Yield On Invested Assets Decreased to 4.40%: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top 100 U.S. life/health insurers as ranked by 2019 admitted assets.
Date: August 24, 2020    
Special Report: Corporate Bond Holdings Pose Risk to Insurers’ Balance Sheets: Economic factors are concerns for insurers’ balance sheets, as corporate bonds constitute a majority of the industry’s assets.
Date: August 18, 2020    
Special Report: Interest Rates: Different Impact Severity, Different Strategies: L/A insurers have taken a number of actions to de-risk their product portfolios, including exiting, re-pricing, or de-emphasizing certain business lines.
Date: August 4, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Ordinary Life – Average Policy Size and Lapse Ratios Industry’s Average Policy in Force Increased in 2019 by 4.5%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 25 U.S. ordinary life insurers as ranked by 2019 ordinary life business in force.
Date: July 20, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Total Life – Industry’s Total Life In Force Increased 1.5%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 U.S. total life insurers as ranked by 2019 total life business in force.
Date: July 20, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Total Life – Industry’s Total Life Issued Increased 8.5%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 U.S. total life insurers as ranked by 2019 total life business issued.
Date: July 20, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Group Life – Industry’s Group Life In Force Increased 0.8%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 U.S. group life insurers as ranked by 2019 group life business in force.
Date: July 20, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Group Life – Industry’s Group Life Issued Increased 15.5%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 U.S. group life insurers as ranked by 2019 group life business issued.
Date: July 20, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Ordinary Life – Industry’s Ordinary Life In Force Increased 1.9%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 U.S. ordinary life insurers as ranked by 2019 ordinary life business in force.
Date: July 20, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Ordinary Life – Industry’s Ordinary Life Issued Increased 4.3%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 U.S. ordinary life insurers ranked by 2019 ordinary life business issued.
Date: July 20, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Credit Life – Industry’s Top 25 Insurers’ Credit Life In Force Decreased 2.6%: This Best’s Ranking presents the leading insurers for U.S. life 2019 credit life in force.
Date: July 20, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Credit Life – Industry’s Credit Life Issued Decreased 1.5%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 43 U.S. ordinary life insurers ranked by 2019 ordinary life business issued.
Date: July 20, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Term Life – Industry’s Term Life In Force Increased 2.8%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 U.S. term life insurers as ranked by 2019 term life business in force.
Date: July 20, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Term Life – Industry’s Term Life Issued Increased 7.4%: This Best’s Ranking presents the top 100 U.S. term life insurers as ranked by 2019 term life business issued.
Date: July 20, 2020    
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