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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: Global Reinsurers – Building Block Approach Confirms the Strength of the Market, Despite Challenging Conditions: Effective October 13, 2017, A.M. Best reorganized its methodology, using a building block approach to provide greater detail, clarity, and transparency in the rating analysis.
Date: October 23, 2017    
Briefing: Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidy Payments Cancelled Two Weeks Prior to Open Enrollment – What’s Next for Insurers?: On October 12, 2017, President Trump announced the end of federal funding for the Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidy, a provision of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Date: October 18, 2017    
Special Report: Inland Marine: Unique Risks and a Knack for Profits: Inland marine insurance has been one of the most profitable and consistent lines of business for a decade.
Date: October 18, 2017    
Special Report: How Chinese Life Insurers Need to Adjust to the New Regulatory Reality: In early 2016, the CIRC fully implemented the China Risk-Oriented Solvency System (C-ROSS), which measures and supervises insurers from a risk-based capital perspective and which encompasses both quantitative capital requirements and qualitative supervisory requirements. The assessment of quantitative capital requirements focuses on the core risk components that insurers need to undertake: insurance, market, and credit risk.
Date: October 18, 2017    
Briefing: Signing of Covered Agreement a Good Step for EU and US Reinsurers but Five Year Journey Ahead: The bilateral “covered agreement” between the United States (US) and European Union (EU) provides regulatory clarity and reduces the regulatory burden for US and EU reinsurers operating in each other’s markets.
Date: October 17, 2017    
Briefing: Enterprise Risk Management to the Fore as Catalonia’s Sovereign Status Remains Unclear: The political uncertainty created by events following Catalonia’s independence referendum has created volatility in Spanish insurers’ investment portfolios and raised concerns about future access to business.
Date: October 13, 2017