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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: Bermuda Market (Re)Insurers Continue To Fight the Strong Undercurrent of a Challenging Market : The Bermuda market continues to try to adapt to the persistent challenging underwriting and investment environments.
Date: March 29, 2017    
Special Report: French Life Insurers Increase Prudency Amidst Taxing Market Conditions: The French life insurance market remains resilient, although the macro-economic environment has led to uncertainty.
Date: March 27, 2017    
Briefing: Natural Catastrophe Exposures Underpin Stable German Reinsurance Buying Trends: Germany’s largest cedants continue to maintain high retention ratios, although reinsurance and retrocession cover remains paramount for exposure to natural catastrophes.
Date: March 23, 2017    
Special Report: A.M. Best Winter 2016 - 2017 Insurance Industry Survey: In A.M. Best’s latest market survey, we assessed insurers’ opinions on key themes of 2016, as well as those that will continue to shape 2017.
Date: March 22, 2017    
Briefing: France’s Largest Cedants Demonstrate Stable Reinsurance Purchasing : France’s largest cedants have displayed stability in their purchasing of reinsurance.
Date: March 21, 2017    
Briefing: European Cedants Continue to Increase Reinsurance Buying but Demand for Cover Slows: The 20 largest European cedants have continued to buy more reinsurance as soft market conditions prevail, although the pace at which retention ratios are falling has been more subdued.
Date: March 17, 2017