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The following Best�s Special Reports and Best�s Briefings present in-depth analyses of the Property/Casualty 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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Commentary: Blizzards, Heavy Rains, Melting Ice Produce Catastrophic Midwest Flooding: Record economic losses highlight insurance gap as flooding situation continues to evolve
Date: April 2, 2019    
Market Segment Report: US Commercial Auto Results Continue to Deteriorate: The industry's loss and combined ratios have trended unfavorably for several years and, in 2017, reached their highest levels in a decade.
Date: March 28, 2019    
Special Report: Hurricanes, Wildfires Weigh Down P/C Performance for Second Straight Year: Expenses slightly outpace revenues as decline in net investment income exceeds increase in premium revenue.
Date: March 27, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Personal Auto Insurers Regain Traction as Combined Ratio Improves: Auto insurers getting back on track with reduced Loss & LAE and expense ratios.
Date: March 26, 2019    
2019 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Property/Casualty – 2018 Financial Results: This Best’s Rankings presents the top 25 U.S. property and casualty writers as ranked by 2018 net premiums written as of Dec. 31, 2018.
Date: March 25, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Professional Liability: Available capacity and strong balance sheets support Stable outlook despite growing challenges.
Date: March 21, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Title: Strong operating results drive Stable outlook, but slowing economic growth and a weakening housing market loom.
Date: March 21, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Surety: Growth in the economy, construction spending, and surety premiums drive Stable outlook.
Date: March 21, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Commercial Auto : Negative outlook holds as prior years' loss reserves continue to adversely affect current calendar year results.
Date: March 20, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Excess & Surplus Lines: Solid risk-adjusted capitalization and strong operating performance provide foundation for Stable outlook.
Date: March 20, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Medical Professional Liability: MPL outlook remains Negative amid shrinking demand, prolonged soft market conditions, diminishing reserve redundancies, and potential increases in claims severity and frequency.
Date: March 20, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Workers' Compensation: Favorable results and declining direct loss ratio support Stable outlook despite rate decreases.
Date: March 19, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Homeowners: Strong risk-adjusted capitalization, favorable operating performance, and pricing and underwriting initiatives drive Stable outlook.
Date: March 19, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Personal Auto: Robust risk-adjusted capitalization, growing use of technology and analytics, and embrace of innovation in ERM underlie Stable outlook.
Date: March 19, 2019    
Special Report: US Property/Casualty Industry Loss & LAE Reserves Slightly Deficient: Overall industry reserves may be slightly deficient, although reserve positions vary greatly by line of business.
Date: March 13, 2019    
Special Report: First Look: 2018 Property/Casualty Financial Results: The P/C segment's underwriting income improved significantly in 2018, aided by a decline in catastrophe losses.
Date: March 13, 2019    
Special Report: Cannabis: New Opportunities for Insurers, But with Burgeoning Risks: Few carriers are currently offering cannabis coverage at this point, but that’s bound to change as more and more states legalize for medical or recreational use.
Date: March 12, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Private Mortgage Insurers: Continued favorable operating environment backs Stable outlook for private mortgage insurers.
Date: March 8, 2019    
Special Report: US Property/Casualty Rating Downgrades Rise Markedly in 2018: P/C ratings stable overall despite increased downgrades, as significant positive and negative forces affect industry.
Date: March 1, 2019    
Market Segment Report: 2019 Review & Preview: US Property/Casualty: P/C industry financial results improve, but challenges persist.
Date: February 26, 2019    
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