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Special Reports & Commentaries

A.M. Best's Special Reports provide in-depth analysis of insurance industry events and trends from Best's unique point of view. Like A.M. Best's global ratings, special report coverage includes:

Market segments, such as life, nonlife, reinsurance, title, health care, alternative risk and Lloyd's; and

Industry issues, such as regulatory reform, financial services convergence, industry solvency trends and the impact of new business strategies.
Best's analysts examine these market segments and industry issues from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective to provide valuable insight into the factors that may affect the financial strength of insurance companies.

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Briefing: Solvency II Disclosures Demonstrate Strong Capital Positions for European Captives: On May 20, 2017, single entity (solo) risk carriers in Europe were required to disclose publicly a Solvency and Financial Condition Report (SFCR) as part of the Solvency II regime.
Date: June 20, 2017    
Briefing: Opposition Continues Despite Initial Implementation of DOL Fiduciary Rule: The delayed initial compliance deadline of June 9 for the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule has now come and gone with minimal fanfare, following a previous 60-day delay to the original initial compliance deadline of April 10, 2017.
Date: June 14, 2017    
Special Report: CAIR 2017 – Improved Operations Offset Decline in Investment Income: As a group, the insurance industry in the Caribbean region remains profitable, according to the seventh annual survey of insurance regulators, conducted by A.M. Best. Overall, premiums are up but so is the combined ratio for insurers in the region.
Date: June 14, 2017    
Special Report: U.S. Health Insurance Industry Earnings Up in 2016: Two segments showed the greatest improvement, driven mainly by higher rates and a lower administrative expense ratio.
Date: June 14, 2017    
Special Report: Fraternals Face Challenges, But Earnings Are Stable: A.M. Best's fraternal population reported flat to marginally declining net premiums written in the past six years. That followed three years of fairly substantial growth.
Date: June 13, 2017    
Briefing: Lack of Commitment for Cost Sharing Reduction Subsidy Funding Creates a Cloud of Uncertainty: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides considerable financial assistance to low and moderate income people who purchase individual insurance through the exchange marketplaces.
Date: June 13, 2017