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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: Guatemala Insurance: Our Stable outlook is based on expected improvements in Guatemala’s economy and the market’s capacity to further strengthen its capital base.
Date: February 21, 2020    
Commentary: South Korea Regulation Change Brings Solvency Solution to Primary Insurers and Opportunities to Reinsurance Market: Rule change to reinsurance arrangements may unlock opportunities and alternative capital source for (re)insurers.
Date: February 21, 2020    
Commentary: Florida Insurers Brace for Challenging Risk/Reward Trade-Off in Upcoming June Renewals: Weakened balance sheet strength may spur consolidation in a challenging Florida market.
Date: January 31, 2020    
Commentary: Brexit Bells Ring For UK and EU Insurers : From an operational point of view, the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January, 2020 will have little immediate impact on AM Best-rated insurers in either the UK or EU.
Date: January 30, 2020    
Commentary: Coronavirus Highlights the Importance of Stress Testing: Reinsurers may face higher levels of risk than life/health insurers, given that reinsurers’ risk profiles entail higher exposures to mortality and morbidity risks.
Date: January 29, 2020    
Special Report: Updated Net Capital Charge Tables for ACIS/CIRT Reinsurance Transactions: AM Best releases 2nd semiannual ACIS/CIRT Net Capital Charge tables.
Date: January 27, 2020    
Market Segment Report: UK Non-Life Insurers Face Strong Competition and Claims Inflation: The 2019 results of UK Non-Life insurers will be hit by losses relating to the floods that affected Yorkshire and the Midlands.
Date: January 15, 2020    
Special Report: 2018 US Property/Casualty Impairments Update: Eleven impairments occurred in 2018.
Date: December 9, 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 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: 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    
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