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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: Power Grid Cyber Threats Underscore the Growing Need for Vigilance and Coverage: For the utility sector, cyber attacks have always been a concern, but have become a much greater threat
Date: March 22, 2018    
Briefing: Market Segment Outlook: United Kingdom Non-Life: A.M. Best has issued a negative outlook for the UK non-life segment. Persistent competitive market conditions, uncertainty related to legislative changes, and the potential impact of "Brexit" on the UK economy create an overall difficult operating environment and earnings are likely to be depressed over the medium term.
Date: March 21, 2018    
Special Report: First Look – 2017 Property/Casualty Financial Results: US P/C estimated catastrophe losses in 2017 dwarfed our previous estimated catastrophe loss record for 2011
Date: March 19, 2018    
Special Reports: First Look – 2017 US Life/Health Financial Results: L/H fourth quarter results moderated significantly, contributing to 2017 net income declining only 1.4% from 2016
Date: March 19, 2018    
Briefing: Market Segment Outlook: US Professional Medical Liability: Our negative outlook for the market is due to persistent uncertainty about health insurance reform as well as the migration of private practice physicians to large networks and hospitals
Date: March 19, 2018    
Special Report: Lebanese Insurers Continue To Demonstrate Resilience, Despite Challenging Operating Environment: “While Lebanese insurers have been successful in navigating this challenging operating environment, elevated country risk continues to be a key negative credit factor for the market”
Date: March 19, 2018