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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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Special Report: Life/Health Sector Rating Upgrades Slightly Outpace Downgrades in First-Half 2017: Favorable equity markets are driving the improvement in life/annuity insurers’ risk capitalization, while higher risk exchange membership is pressuring the health carriers’ capital
Date: August 14, 2017    
Special Report: Favorable Ratings Activity Continues for U.S. Property/Casualty Industry: Ratings activity for the property/casualty (P/C) industry in the first half of 2017 was favorable, with upgrades outpacing downgrades, owing to tightened underwriting standards that have led to favorable results over several years, increases in risk-adjusted capital, and improvements in enterprise risk management.
Date: August 14, 2017    
Special Report: Stop-Loss Insurance Market Continues to Grow: The popularity of the self-funded option supplemented by stop-loss insurance has grown since the adoption of ACA because these plans are not subject to the benefits, health insurer fees, or minimum loss ratio requirements mandated by the ACA, making self-funded insurance a more attractive option for more employers.
Date: August 11, 2017    
Special Report: Mortality Rates Start Rising: To confirm trends in the U.S. life insured population, A.M. Best reviewed mortality metrics as reflected in insurers’ annual statutory statements.
Date: August 11, 2017    
Special Report: Regulatory Uncertainty, Equity Market Volatility Lead to Shifting Trends in Individual Annuity Products: Annuity writers have faced continual pressure for several years for a variety of reasons: increased longevity, the imminent retirement of the Baby Boomers, persistently low interest rates, volatility in the financial markets, and the DOL fiduciary rule, all of which remain top concerns in the annuity industry.
Date: August 9, 2017    
Special Report: Groundhog Day: More of the Same Strong Performance for the U.S. Rated Captives: Captives and other alternative risk transfer mechanisms continue to play a vital role in the U.S. and the global commercial marketplace.
Date: August 2, 2017