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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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Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Global Reinsurance: Global reinsurance Stable outlook maintained owing to improving pricing environment for non-life and stable operating performance for life.
Date: December 5, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Global Non-Life Reinsurance: The global non-life reinsurance outlook remains Stable as third-party capital buffers large catastrophe losses.
Date: December 5, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Personal Lines: Lower cats and underwriting actions further strengthen risk-adjusted capitalization.
Date: December 5, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Commercial Lines : Improving pricing environment and strengthening underwriting practices underscore Stable outlook for commercial lines segment.
Date: December 5, 2019    
Special Report: First Look: 9-Month 2019 Property/Casualty Financial Results: The property/casualty segment’s underwriting income rose for the first nine months of 2019, but the combined ratio weakened slightly.
Date: November 21, 2019    
Special Report: P/C Companies Replace Higher Cost Debt with Lower Cost Alternatives: P/C companies are extending their debt maturity profiles while refinancing debt with lower cost alternatives.
Date: November 13, 2019    
Special Report: Roles in London Insurance Market Blur as Participants Seek to Add Value : Successful participants in the London insurance market will need to be flexible and innovative in the way they source risk and use capital.
Date: November 7, 2019    
Special Report: Microinsurance, Financial Inclusion Gain Traction in Emerging Markets: Global focus on resilience bodes well for microinsurance.
Date: November 4, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Mexico Surety: Our Stable outlook for Mexico's surety market is based on the segment's strong capitalization and adequate operating performance.
Date: October 30, 2019    
Commentary: 2019 California Wildfires – Yet Another Sign of a “New Normal”: 2019 California wildfires exacerbate problems for homeowners’ insurers and reinsurers.
Date: October 29, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Japan Non-Life Insurance: Our outlook for the segment is Stable; major catastrophe losses and macro-economic factors are likely to be mitigated by insurers’ solid capitalisation and well-managed initiatives.
Date: October 29, 2019    
Market 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.
Date: October 29, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Mexico Insurance: Our Stable outlook for Mexico’s insurance market is based on the segment’s strong balance sheets, robust reinsurance programs, and appropriate enterprise risk management.
Date: October 28, 2019    
Market Segment Report: US Homeowners Carriers Stand Firm Following a Myriad of Cat Events: The homeowners segment continues to perform well, owing to premium growth, healthy risk-adjusted capitalization, underwriting discipline, improved pricing, and ongoing risk management.
Date: October 23, 2019    
Commentary: 2019 CATs Expected to Once Again Dent Reinsurance Earnings: Three consecutive years of severe losses, dwindling favorable reserve development out of prior accident years, and persistently low interest rates add up to a continued erosion of earnings.
Date: October 21, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Asbestos and Environmental Payouts Continue to Outpace Incurred Losses: A&E loss reserves continue to decline; exposures are around 90% funded, which translates into unfunded liabilities of $10 billion for asbestos and $4 billion for environmental.
Date: October 17, 2019    
Commentary: Typhoons Faxai and Hagibis Unlikely to Impact Japanese Insurers’ Capitalisation: The recent typhoons are unlikely to affect the financial soundness of Japan’s major non-life insurers.
Date: October 16, 2019    
Market Segment Report: US Title Insurers: Rising Profitability, Declining Premium Growth : The US title insurers remain profitable owing to rising employment and consumer confidence, among other factors, despite the uneven recovery in the US housing market.
Date: October 16, 2019    
2019 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Inland Marine - Industry’s Direct Premiums Written Increased 8.3%: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top 100 inland marine writers as ranked by 2018 direct premiums written.
Date: October 10, 2019    
2019 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Fire and Allied - Industry’s Direct Premiums Written Increased 5.5%: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top 100 U.S. fire and allied writers as ranked by 2018 direct premiums written.
Date: October 10, 2019    
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