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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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Best's Special Report: Risk, Return, and Diversification Affect Cost of Capital Through the Cycle: An insurer’s ability to access and raise capital, and the potential costs of raising capital, especially in times of stress, are important considerations in the ratings process.
Date: May 22, 2019    
Commentary: Minimal Insurance Losses Expected from Panama Earthquake: Thus far, few people have been hurt, and physical damages have been limited. We expect only marginal impacts on results, owing to reinsurance and conservative catastrophe retention.
Date: May 17, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Japan Non-Life Insurers Focus on Profitability : The Japan non-life insurers' capitalization remains robust, but an intensified focus on profitability will help rebuild catastrophe reserves and help them cope with rising reinsurance costs.
Date: May 16, 2019    
Commentary: TRIPRA Expiration Raises Potential for Rating Downgrades for P/C Insurers: AM Best will evaluate insurers’ contingency plans in place for the potential loss of the federal backstop.
Date: May 10, 2019    
Commentary: Assignment of Benefits Reform Bill Is Credit-Positive for Florida Insurers: Passage of the bill is likely to lead to a decline in adverse reserve development for those writing homeowners insurance in Florida.
Date: May 1, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Global Life Reinsurers Poised for Growth but Mature US Market Still Key: Reinsurers benefiting as active pipeline of legacy life/annuity blocks of business comes to market.
Date: April 12, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: France Non-Life: France's non-life insurers have proven resilient amid challenging market dynamics, competition, pressure on technical margins, and the low interest rate environment.
Date: April 1, 2019    
Market Segment Report: Market Segment Outlook: United Kingdom Non-Life: Our outlook remains Negative, as the political and economic uncertainties associated with Brexit continue to weigh on the UK's non-life market.
Date: March 27, 2019    
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 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    
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    
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    
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