Reinsurance Research

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: Southeast Asian Reinsurers Look to Life and Health for Growth: The life and health segment holds opportunities for Southeast Asian reinsurers amid persistent underwriting challenges.
Date: October 19, 2020    
Commentary: Hurricane Delta Tests Gulf Coast Communities, Insurers: Gulf Coast storm surge, inland flooding are main concerns as Hurricane Delta approaches landfall.
Date: October 9, 2020    
Special Report: COVID-19 Adds to Challenges for Bahrain’s Fragmented Insurance Market: Bahraini insurers’ performance is heavily influenced by investment results and prone to volatility driven by financial market movements.
Date: October 8, 2020    
Commentary: Hurricane Delta Makes First Landfall in Yucatan Peninsula: Category 2 storm hits southeastern coast of Mexico.
Date: October 7, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Nigeria’s Insurance Market Offers Significant Potential Despite Headwinds: Nigeria’s oil and gas reserves and its population demographic hint at the potential for its insurance sector.
Date: October 5, 2020    
Special Report: L/H Upgrades Outnumber Downgrades in First-Half of 2020: Positive rating trends continue through midyear but uncertainty abounds for the months ahead.
Date: September 28, 2020    
Special Report: Mid-year Rating Changes Mixed as P/C Insurers Manage Challenging Market Dynamics : Affirmations were again the most common rating action, and most rating outlooks remained at Stable.
Date: September 28, 2020    
Special Report: COVID-19 Highlights Weaknesses in Insurers’ Enterprise Risk Management: Insurers cannot expect to be immune to economic slumps and supply chain disruptions.
Date: September 24, 2020    
Market Segment Report: More Hurdles for Crop Insurers in 2020 Following a Poor 2019: In 2019, the US crop insurance segment generated the worst results in a decade.
Date: September 23, 2020    
Market Segment Report: MENA Reinsurers Strive to Adapt to Testing Conditions: In general, MENA regional reinsurers have demonstrated resilience in a difficult operating environment.
Date: September 22, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Caribbean P/C Insurers Suffer Double Blow from Rising Reinsurance Rates and COVID-19: The entire Caribbean is being threatened more by COVID-19 than by storms this year.
Date: September 18, 2020    
Commentary: Potentially Severe Flood Losses from Hurricane Sally: The gap between economic and insured losses is likely to be significant.
Date: September 17, 2020    
Market Segment Report: COVID-19 Taking Its Toll on Canada’s Economy and Insurance Industry: The P/C segment is faring somewhat better than the L/A segment thus far but uncertainties abound.
Date: September 8, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Tough Operating Conditions Present Challenges for Sub-Saharan Reinsurance Market: Rapid industrialisation and increasing investment in infrastructure have contributed to the expansion of the region's reinsurance markets over the past 10 years.
Date: September 2, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Global Reinsurers Maintain Equilibrium through COVID-19 Turbulence: When market uncertainty and economic volatility translate to a “stable” global reinsurance market outlook.
Date: September 2, 2020    
Special Report: Emergence of “Total Return Reinsurers”: Total return reinsurers have the potential to generate significantly higher investment returns than traditional reinsurers, although results thus far have been muted and volatile.
Date: August 28, 2020    
Commentary: Hurricane Laura Losses Could Further Stress Insurers’ 2020 Earnings: The demand surge from Hurricane Laura will be exacerbated by pandemic conditions.
Date: August 26, 2020    
Commentary: The ILS Retro Market, COVID-19, and Pre-Emptive Trapping: Potential litigation and pre-emptive trapping in the wake of COVID-19 will further constrain the supply of ILS capital.
Date: August 26, 2020    
Special Report: Understanding Country Risk Evaluation in Best's Credit Ratings: Insurers that effectively manage country risk can achieve ratings higher than the sovereign of their domicile.
Date: August 10, 2020    
Market Segment Report: Commercial Market Dislocation Could Provide New Opportunities for Captives to Fill the Void: The rated US captives continue to outperform their commercial market peers, amid new opportunities.
Date: July 29, 2020    
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