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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 Homeowners: Strong risk-adjusted capitalization, favorable operating performance, and pricing and underwriting initiatives drive Stable outlook
Date: March 19, 2019    
Special Report: US Property/Casualty Industry Loss & LAE Reserves Slightly Deficient: Overall industry reserves may be slightly deficient, although reserve positions vary greatly by line of business
Date: March 13, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Private Mortgage Insurers: Continued favorable operating environment backs Stable outlook for private mortgage insurers.
Date: March 8, 2019    
Special Report: US Property/Casualty Rating Downgrades Rise Markedly in 2018: P/C ratings stable overall despite increased downgrades, as significant positive and negative forces affect industry.
Date: March 1, 2019    
Special Report: US Life/Health Rating Upgrades Outpace Downgrades in 2018: Positive rating development continued in 2018 for the US health and life/annuity insurers.
Date: March 1, 2019    
Market Segment Report: 2019 Review & Preview: US Life/Annuity: Our outlook for the life/annuity segment remains Stable, as improvements in risk-adjusted capitalization help prepare the L/A segment for economic and regulatory uncertainty ahead.
Date: February 27, 2019    
Market Segment Report: 2019 Review & Preview: US Property/Casualty: P/C industry financial results improve, but challenges persist.
Date: February 26, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Reinsurance: Will Investor Losses Lead to a Rising Tide for Pricing?: The reinsurance segment's pricing and profitability remain disappointing—this year's January 1 renewals were mostly flat, with only the third-party-dominated retro space showing a meaningful adjustment.
Date: February 7, 2019    
Briefing: Specialty Insurers’ Exposures to PG&E Bankruptcy Are Within Risk Appetites: The rated utility company captives and specialty companies are well capitalized and should be able to absorb significant losses/claims stemming from the PG&E bankruptcy
Date: January 31, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Brazil Reinsurance: Although conditions are improving, our outlook for Brazil's reinsurance segment is negative, given uncertainty around macro-economic, political, and currency risk.
Date: December 12, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Mexico Insurance: Mexico’s insurance industry is benefiting from strong capitalization and operating performance, although we do expect some volatility in the fourth quarter.
Date: December 11, 2018    
Special Report: Best’s Impairment Rate and Rating Transition Study – 1977 to 2017: The number of impairments in the insurance industry declined to two in 2017.
Date: December 7, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: US Commercial Lines: We are maintaining our Stable outlook for the US commercial lines, owing to solid risk-adjusted capitalization and the profitability of workers’ compensation line.
Date: December 6, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Global Non-Life Reinsurance: Our outlook for the global non-life reinsurance segment has changed to Stable from Negative, reflecting a stabilizing pricing environment—albeit one that is still below long-term adequacy.
Date: December 6, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Global Reinsurance : We have changed our outlook for the global reinsurance segment to Stable from Negative, owing primarily to a stabilizing pricing environment.
Date: December 6, 2018    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: Global Life Reinsurance: Our outlook for the global life reinsurance segment is stable, based on companies’ defensible market positions, earnings stability, and growth opportunities.
Date: December 6, 2018    
Market Segment Report: No Slowdown in Asbestos and Environmental Claims: We are maintaining our $100 billion net ultimate loss estimate for asbestos but raising it $4 billion for environmental, as sites are found to be more toxic than originally thought.
Date: November 28, 2018    
Briefing: Insurers Have Limited Exposure to PG&E Volatility from California Wildfires: Only 10% or so of insurers have exposure to PG&E bonds, mostly in the life/annuity segment, with a small proportion in the property/casualty segment.
Date: November 20, 2018    
Briefing: California Wildfire Losses Projected to Reach Record Levels: Most large writers in California are larger national companies that started the year with adequate risk-adjusted capital, but the catastrophe events of 2018 will likely cause significant earnings volatility and stress some balance sheets.
Date: November 13, 2018    
Special Report: 2017 Property/Casualty Impairments Update: Risk retention groups show higher levels of impairments
Date: October 30, 2018    
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