P/C Research

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: Strong Brands the Likely Winners of UK Insurance Pricing Review: UK personal lines insurers will need to adjust their pricing models in response to the regulator's proposed remedies surrounding the pricing of policies for renewing customers.
Date: October 14, 2020    
Commentary: Retroactive Legislation, Social Inflation: Credit Negatives for Insurers: COVID-19 is highlighting the protection gap for a systemic risk.
Date: October 12, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Ocean Marine - Industry’s Direct Premiums Written Increased 12.4% : This Best’s Ranking report presents the top U.S. ocean marine writers as ranked by 2019 direct premiums written.
Date: October 12, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Inland Marine - Industry’s Direct Premiums Written Increased 7.5%: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top 100 inland marine writers as ranked by 2019 direct premiums written.
Date: October 12, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Fire and Allied - Industry’s Direct Premiums Written Increased 9.2%: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top 100 U.S. fire and allied writers as ranked by 2019 direct premiums written.
Date: October 12, 2020    
Commentary: Hurricane Delta Tests Gulf Coast Communities, Insurers: Gulf Coast storm surge, inland flooding are main concerns as Hurricane Delta approaches landfall.
Date: October 9, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Indonesia Non-Life Insurance: Despite a bleak macroeconomic outlook, Indonesia's non-life segment is well-diversified and underpinned by solid capitalization.
Date: October 9, 2020    
Commentary: Hurricane Delta Makes First Landfall in Yucatan Peninsula: Category 2 storm hits southeastern coast of Mexico.
Date: October 7, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Title Insurance Market Perseveres Amid Upheaval and Economic Uncertainty: The title insurance segment has been resilient amid the pandemic and the economic slowdown.
Date: October 6, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Property/Casualty – Industry’s Six-Month Net Premiums Written Increased 3.9%: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top 100 U.S. property/casualty writers as based on six-month 2020 net premiums written.
Date: October 5, 2020    
Special Report: Mid-year Rating Changes Mixed as P/C Insurers Manage Challenging Market Dynamics : Affirmations were again the most common rating action, and most rating outlooks remained at Stable.
Date: September 28, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Homeowners Multi Peril – Industry’s Direct Premiums Written Increased 5.4%: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top 100 U.S. homeowners multiple peril writers based on 2019 direct premiums written.
Date: September 28, 2020    
Market Segment Report: More Hurdles for Crop Insurers in 2020 Following a Poor 2019: In 2019, the US crop insurance segment generated the worst results in a decade.
Date: September 23, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Caribbean P/C Insurers Suffer Double Blow from Rising Reinsurance Rates and COVID-19: The entire Caribbean is being threatened more by COVID-19 than by storms this year.
Date: September 18, 2020    
Commentary: Potentially Severe Flood Losses from Hurricane Sally: The gap between economic and insured losses is likely to be significant.
Date: September 17, 2020    
Commentary: UK COVID-19 Business Interruption Court Ruling Brings Greater Clarity but Questions Remain: Following the English High Court’s judgment in the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) business interruption (BI) insurance test case, AM Best expects COVID-19-related BI claims to have a material impact on UK commercial property insurers’ 2020 earnings. The aggregate solvency of the UK non-life insurance sector, however, should remain robust.
Date: September 15, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Expanding Opportunities Bolster Surplus Lines Growth and Operating Results: The surplus lines composite generated far more favorable underwriting results in 2019 over 2018, in addition to the usual pretax and net profits.
Date: September 10, 2020    
Commentary: Insurance Liability at the Forefront as School Year Begins: Insurers may face an onslaught of lawsuits, with the potential for significant expenses and losses.
Date: September 8, 2020    
2020 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Property/Casualty – 6-Month 2020 Financial Results: This Best’s Ranking report presents the top property and casualty writers as ranked by 6-month 2020 net premiums written as of June 30, 2020.
Date: September 7, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Taiwan Non-Life Insurance: Our outlook is Stable, given the consistent underwriting and investment performances, as well as strong capitalisation of Taiwan’s non-life insurers.
Date: September 3, 2020    
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