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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: A.M. Best First Look— 1Qtr 2017 U.S. Life/Health Financial Results: Provides early insight into the current financial state of the U.S. Life/Health industry. Data is from companies whose three-month 2017 interim period statutory statements were received as of May 22, 2017. These companies represent approximately 84% of total industry premiums and annuity considerations and 92% of industry capital and surplus.
Date: May 24, 2017    
Special Report: A.M. Best First Look— 1Qtr 2017 U.S. Property/Casualty Financial Results : A.M. Best First Look— 1Qtr 2017 U.S. Property/Casualty Financial Results
Date: May 23, 2017    
Special Report: Florida Market Faces a New Kind of Storm: In this special report, A.M. Best examines the controversy in Florida over assignment of benefits, in which contractors can assume responsibility for a homeowner's insurance claim. This has led to escalating claims costs for property insurers operating in the state.
Date: May 22, 2017    
Briefing: A.M. Best Explains Impact of New Solvency II Disclosure Rules on European Insurers: This briefing, in the form of a Q&A, examines the new disclosure requirements coming into effect in May and July of 2017, including what types of companies are affected and how that information will be viewed by A.M. Best.
Date: May 22, 2017    
Briefing: WannaCry Ransomware Attack – More to Come: This briefing examines the WannaCry ransomware attack, including the nature of possible losses and how it might affect insurers' coverage of cyber liability.
Date: May 18, 2017    
Briefing: Impact of AHCA Is Positive for Carriers Participating in Individual Markets: This briefing reviews the positive and negative aspects of the pending American Health Care Act, which is intended to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The bill has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is likely to be revised in the U.S. Senate.
Date: May 18, 2017