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The following Best's Special Reports and Best's Briefings present in-depth analyses of the Reinsurance market. Best's Special Reports provide a comprehensive examination of the market, events and trends from A.M. Best's unique perspective, while Best's Briefings feature similar analysis in a more concise format.

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Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Commercial Lines : Improving pricing environment and strengthening underwriting practices underscore Stable outlook for commercial lines segment.
Date: December 5, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Global Reinsurance: Global reinsurance Stable outlook maintained owing to improving pricing environment for non-life and stable operating performance for life.
Date: December 5, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Global Non-Life Reinsurance: The global non-life reinsurance outlook remains Stable as third-party capital buffers large catastrophe losses.
Date: December 5, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Personal Lines: Lower cats and underwriting actions further strengthen risk-adjusted capitalization.
Date: December 5, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Global Life Reinsurance: The global life reinsurance market remains competitive but offers very favorable growth opportunities over a longer time horizon.
Date: December 5, 2019    
Special Report: P/C Companies Replace Higher Cost Debt with Lower Cost Alternatives: P/C companies are extending their debt maturity profiles while refinancing debt with lower cost alternatives.
Date: November 13, 2019    
Special Report: Roles in London Insurance Market Blur as Participants Seek to Add Value : Successful participants in the London insurance market will need to be flexible and innovative in the way they source risk and use capital.
Date: November 7, 2019    
Special Report: ASEAN – Favorable Demographics and Development Boost Economic Growth: The growing economies of ASEAN’s ten member countries offer significant potential for insurance industry growth.
Date: October 28, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Mexico Insurance: Our Stable outlook for Mexico’s insurance market is based on the segment’s strong balance sheets, robust reinsurance programs, and appropriate enterprise risk management.
Date: October 28, 2019    
Market Segment Report: US Homeowners Carriers Stand Firm Following a Myriad of Cat Events: The homeowners segment continues to perform well, owing to premium growth, healthy risk-adjusted capitalization, underwriting discipline, improved pricing, and ongoing risk management.
Date: October 23, 2019    
Commentary: 2019 CATs Expected to Once Again Dent Reinsurance Earnings: Three consecutive years of severe losses, dwindling favorable reserve development out of prior accident years, and persistently low interest rates add up to a continued erosion of earnings.
Date: October 21, 2019    
Commentary: Green and Sustainability Bond Issuance by Insurers May Continue To Grow: Two recent issues signal insurers’ growing willingness to issue green/sustainability bonds.
Date: October 7, 2019    
Market Segment Report: MENA Reinsurers: Turbulence Creates Opportunity: Middle East and North African reinsurers have faced increased turbulence in recent years, creating challenges for some and opportunities for others. The market remains characterised by challenging conditions, overcapacity, and an increase in large loss activity.
Date: September 30, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Sub-Saharan Africa Remains a Long-Term Opportunity for Reinsurers: The ongoing development of the continent’s economies, together with gradual increases in insurance penetration, have contributed to the expansion of the region’s reinsurance markets over the longer term.
Date: September 26, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Canada Insurance: Still Profitable Amid Growing Challenges: Our outlook for Canada’s insurance industry remains Stable, as Canada’s insurers face challenges such as economic uncertainty, regulatory issues, and climate conditions.
Date: September 13, 2019    
Special Report: L/H Upgrades Outpace Downgrades in First-Half 2019: Positive ratings movement was driven primarily by improved levels of risk-adjusted capitalization for both life/ annuity and health carriers.
Date: September 12, 2019    
Commentary: Intensifying Hurricane Dorian Poses Significant Threat to Florida’s Atlantic Coast: At this time, AM Best expects Dorian to be more of an earnings event for Florida specialists, but not for reinsurers.
Date: August 30, 2019    
Commentary: GE’s Long-Term Care Exposure Magnifies Counterparty Risk for Several Insurers: Uncertainty about LTC reserving complicates insurers’ analysis of counterparty exposure.
Date: August 29, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Global Reinsurance: Fighting the Last War: Global reinsurers have seemingly entered a period of seismic change and nerve-wracking uncertainty following the costly disasters of 2017 and 2018.
Date: August 29, 2019    
Special Report: P/C Downgrades Outpace Upgrades for the First Time in Five Years: Downgrades outpace upgrades but insurer exposures are well managed.
Date: August 26, 2019    
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