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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: Expanding Risk Exposures Present D&O Insurers with Significant New Challenges: Escalating litigation and regulatory risks, as well as new event-driven exposures, pose significant challenges to the D&O segment.
Date: February 24, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Guatemala Insurance: Our Stable outlook is based on expected improvements in Guatemala’s economy and the market’s capacity to further strengthen its capital base.
Date: February 21, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Premium Increases as P&I Clubs React to Deteriorating Results: Over the past few years, renewals have become increasingly informed by analysis of individual loss records and risk exposures, with deductibles used to control exposures.
Date: February 19, 2020    
Commentary: Florida Insurers Brace for Challenging Risk/Reward Trade-Off in Upcoming June Renewals: Weakened balance sheet strength may spur consolidation in a challenging Florida market.
Date: January 31, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Thailand Non-Life Insurance Segment Remains Robust Despite Narrowing Profit Margins: Thai insurers face growing difficulties maintaining underwriting margins, which will require greater sophistication in pricing and operations.
Date: January 28, 2020    
Special Report: Updated Net Capital Charge Tables for ACIS/CIRT Reinsurance Transactions: AM Best releases 2nd semiannual ACIS/CIRT Net Capital Charge tables.
Date: January 27, 2020    
Commentary: Australian Insurers Able to Contend with Mounting Bushfire Losses: The 2019/20 bushfire season will clearly be one of the costliest on record for Australia.
Date: January 24, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Declining Rates Could Threaten Profitability of Workers’ Compensation Line: The workers’ compensation line remains a profitable one, although heightened competition, in addition to declining average rates, could dampen results.
Date: December 20, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Panama Insurance: Outlook for Panamanian insurance market remains Stable but uncertainty surrounding trade protectionist policies causes concern.
Date: December 13, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Nonstandard Auto Writers Maintain Positive Momentum: Sustained positive momentum for PPNSA market through mid-year 2019 in terms of both premium growth and operating profitability.
Date: December 10, 2019    
2019 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Property & Casualty – 9-Month 2019 Financial Results: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top 25 property and casualty writers as ranked by nine-month 2019 net premiums written as of Sept. 30, 2019.
Date: December 9, 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: 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: US Commercial Lines : Improving pricing environment and strengthening underwriting practices underscore Stable outlook for commercial lines segment.
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    
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    
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