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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: Reinsurance: Will Investor Losses Lead to a Rising Tide for Pricing?: The reinsurance segment's pricing and profitability remain disappointing—this year's January 1 renewals were mostly flat, with only the third-party-dominated retro space showing a meaningful adjustment.
Date: February 7, 2019    
Briefing: Specialty Insurers’ Exposures to PG&E Bankruptcy Are Within Risk Appetites: The rated utility company captives and specialty companies are well capitalized and should be able to absorb significant losses/claims stemming from the PG&E bankruptcy
Date: January 31, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Emerging Risks and Greater Complexity Challenge D&O Insurers: The #MeToo movement, cyber, proliferation of class action lawsuits are creating a landscape that is hard to price and underwrite
Date: January 28, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Early Signs of Improvement in Nonstandard Auto Market: Significant rate increases and stricter underwriting practices have improved the underwriting profitability of the nonstandard auto insurers.
Date: December 18, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Workers’ Compensation Profitability Threatened by Rising Medical Costs, Payrolls, and Legal Expenses: The performance of the workers’ compensation line exceeded that of many other commercial P/C lines in 2017, but headwinds abound.
Date: December 18, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Mexico Insurance: Mexico’s insurance industry is benefiting from strong capitalization and operating performance, although we do expect some volatility in the fourth quarter.
Date: December 11, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Panama Insurance: Our Stable outlook for Panama’s insurance industry reflects the segment’s sound capitalization, profitable underwriting, and evolving risk management profile, which will support growth despite further pressures.
Date: December 11, 2018    
Special Report: Best’s Impairment Rate and Rating Transition Study – 1977 to 2017: The number of impairments in the insurance industry declined to two in 2017.
Date: December 7, 2018    
Special Report: US Property/Casualty Benchmarking: The P/C segment’s risk-adjusted capitalization remains strong, and ERM capabilities have improved.
Date: December 6, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Global Non-Life Reinsurance: Our outlook for the global non-life reinsurance segment has changed to Stable from Negative, reflecting a stabilizing pricing environment—albeit one that is still below long-term adequacy.
Date: December 6, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Global Reinsurance : We have changed our outlook for the global reinsurance segment to Stable from Negative, owing primarily to a stabilizing pricing environment.
Date: December 6, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Commercial Lines: We are maintaining our Stable outlook for the US commercial lines, owing to solid risk-adjusted capitalization and the profitability of workers’ compensation line.
Date: December 6, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Personal Lines: Our outlook for the personal lines segment remains at Stable, owing to strong risk-adjusted capitalization and policyholder surplus that is at an all-time high.
Date: December 6, 2018    
2018 Best’s Rankings: U.S. Property/Casualty – 9-Month 2018 Financial Results: This Best’s Rankings presents the top 25 property and casualty writers as ranked by 9-month 2018 net premiums written as of September 30, 2018.
Date: December 3, 2018    
Market Segment Report: No Slowdown in Asbestos and Environmental Claims: We are maintaining our $100 billion net ultimate loss estimate for asbestos but raising it $4 billion for environmental, as sites are found to be more toxic than originally thought.
Date: November 28, 2018    
Briefing: Insurers Have Limited Exposure to PG&E Volatility from California Wildfires: Only 10% or so of insurers have exposure to PG&E bonds, mostly in the life/annuity segment, with a small proportion in the property/casualty segment.
Date: November 20, 2018    
Special Report: First Look – Nine-Month 2018 Property/Casualty Financial Results: The segment's underwriting income improved significantly, as written and earned premiums outpaced the growth in incurred losses and expenses during the first nine months of 2018.
Date: November 20, 2018    
Briefing: California Wildfire Losses Projected to Reach Record Levels: Most large writers in California are larger national companies that started the year with adequate risk-adjusted capital, but the catastrophe events of 2018 will likely cause significant earnings volatility and stress some balance sheets.
Date: November 13, 2018    
Special Report: Cancellation of Mexico City Airport Project - Negative Signal for the Peso and Markets: Cancellation of the airport project is unsettling, but it isn’t likely to have a material impact on our country risk assessment of Mexico.
Date: November 8, 2018    
Market Segment Report: A.M. Best Survey Takes Pulse of Rated Caribbean P/C Insurers: CEOs of rated Caribbean P/C insurers expect increased M&A activity
Date: October 30, 2018    
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