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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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Special Report: Personal Auto Showing Signs of Improvement: Underwriting profitability for the personal auto line has been pressured but showed signs of improvement in 2017. The 2016.
Date: January 16, 2018    
Special Report: Consolidation Narrows Reinsurance Options Despite Greater Reinsurance Risk Appetite for L/A Insurers: L/A insurers cede business to a reinsurer, based on reinsurance leverage.
Date: January 15, 2018    
Special Report: Expected U.S. Infrastructure Boom Poses Benefits, Risks to Surety Sector: Increasing revenue for surety underwriters since 2013, driven by the improving construction economy, coupled with low surety loss activity, has allowed underwriting results to remain favorable.
Date: January 12, 2018    
Special Report: Third Quarter Catastrophes Will Define 2017: The hurricane season in the third quarter of 2017 was one of the most tumultuous seasons in recent memory.
Date: January 10, 2018    
Briefing: Market Segment Outlook: U.S. Property/Casualty Reinsurance: Over the last several years, there has been pronounced pressure on U.S. property catastrophe rates as alternative capital has set its sights on U.S. property catastrophe exposures.
Date: January 5, 2018    
Briefing: Market Segment Outlook: U.S. Life Reinsurance: Despite headwinds affecting direct writers operating in the life and annuity marketplace, A.M. Best believes factors that would pressure life reinsurers’ operating fundamentals remain somewhat muted and thus is maintaining its stable outlook on the life reinsurance market segment.
Date: January 5, 2018