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Country Risk

A.M. Best defines country risk (read the methodology) as the risk that country-specific factors could adversely affect an insurer's ability to meet its financial obligations. Country risk is evaluated and factored into all A.M. Best ratings. As part of evaluating country risk, A.M. Best identifies the various factors within a country that may directly or indirectly affect an insurance company.

Countries are placed into one of five tiers, ranging from Country Risk Tier 1 (CRT-1), denoting a stable environment with the least amount of risk, to Country Risk Tier 5 (CRT-5) for countries that pose the most risk and, therefore, the greatest challenge to an insurer's financial stability, strength and performance.

A.M. Best's country risk evaluation does not impose a ceiling on ratings.

To better quantify investment risk, including the potential for market illiquidity and volatility; country specific risk charges are incorporated within A.M. Best's Universal BCAR Model. This enables the analytical team to increase the risk considered within an insurance company's invested assets which could diminish financial flexibility. Countries are categorized into one of five Country Investment Classes (CICs). County Investment Class I (CIC I) represents economies with relatively stable and liquid capital markets while CIC V represents markets with the least liquidity and highest volatility. It should be noted that while there are 5 CRTs and 5 CICs; there is not always a direct correlation between the two classifications. View the list of Country Investment Classes.

A.M. Best incorporates transfer and convertibility risk (T&C risk) into its holding company and debt ratings (read the methodology). View the list of A.M. Best's T&C Ceilings .

Questions about A.M. Best's Country Risk Methodology may be directed to:

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Country List - All CRTs

Select the Tier from the list below to narrow the view to include only those countries within the Tier.

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Algeria CRT- 5 Gibraltar CRT- 1 Oman CRT- 3
Anguilla CRT- 3 Guatemala CRT- 5 Pakistan CRT- 5
Antigua And Barbuda CRT- 4 Guernsey CRT- 1 Panama CRT- 4
Argentina CRT- 5 Honduras CRT- 5 Papua New Guinea CRT- 5
Australia CRT- 1 Hong Kong CRT- 2 Peru CRT- 4
Austria CRT- 1 Iceland CRT- 3 Philippines CRT- 4
Azerbaijan CRT- 4 India CRT- 4 Poland CRT- 2
Bahamas CRT- 3 Indonesia CRT- 4 Portugal CRT- 3
Bahrain CRT- 3 Ireland CRT- 2 Qatar CRT- 3
Barbados CRT- 3 Isle Of Man CRT- 1 Romania CRT- 4
Belarus CRT- 5 Israel CRT- 3 Russia CRT- 4
Belgium CRT- 1 Italy CRT- 2 Saint Kitts And Nevis CRT- 3
Bermuda CRT- 2 Jamaica CRT- 5 Saudi Arabia CRT- 3
Bhutan CRT- 5 Japan CRT- 1 Singapore CRT- 1
Bolivia CRT- 5 Jersey CRT- 1 Slovenia CRT- 2
Bosnia And Herzegovina CRT- 5 Jordan CRT- 4 South Africa CRT- 3
Brazil CRT- 3 Kazakhstan CRT- 4 South Korea CRT- 2
British Virgin Islands CRT- 2 Kenya CRT- 5 Spain CRT- 2
Brunei Darussalam CRT- 4 Kuwait CRT- 3 Sri Lanka CRT- 4
Canada CRT- 1 Lebanon CRT- 5 St. Lucia CRT- 3
Cayman Islands CRT- 2 Libya CRT- 5 St. Maarten CRT- 3
Chile CRT- 2 Liechtenstein CRT- 2 Sweden CRT- 1
China CRT- 3 Luxembourg CRT- 1 Switzerland CRT- 1
Colombia CRT- 4 Macau CRT- 2 Taiwan CRT- 2
Costa Rica CRT- 4 Malaysia CRT- 3 Thailand CRT- 3
Curaçao CRT- 3 Malta CRT- 3 Trinidad And Tobago CRT- 3
Cyprus CRT- 3 Mauritius CRT- 4 Tunisia CRT- 4
Denmark CRT- 1 Mexico CRT- 3 Turkey CRT- 4
Dominican Republic CRT- 5 Micronesia CRT- 5 Ukraine CRT- 5
Ecuador CRT- 5 Morocco CRT- 4 United Arab Emirates CRT- 3
Egypt CRT- 5 Netherlands CRT- 1 United Kingdom CRT- 1
El Salvador CRT- 4 New Zealand CRT- 2 United States CRT- 1
Finland CRT- 1 Nicaragua CRT- 5 Uzbekistan CRT- 5
France CRT- 1 Nigeria CRT- 5 Venezuela CRT- 5
Germany CRT- 1 Norway CRT- 1 Vietnam CRT- 5
Ghana CRT- 5