A.M. Best News

Outlooks for Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Revised to Positive: A.M. Best

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to positive from stable and affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Co. (WMIC) in Madison, Wis. The revised outlooks reflect WMIC’s trend of strong …

A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Positive for Texas-Based State National Group

A.M. Best revised the issuer credit rating (ICR) outlook to positive from stable, and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the ICRs of “a” of State National Insurance Co. Inc. and its subsidiaries, National Specialty Insurance Co. …

Low Prices Ultimately Could Bite London Market Insurers: A.M. Best, PwC Reports

The business outlook for the London insurance market is a familiar one across other global markets: underwriting profits are under pressure as ongoing soft market prices begin to take a toll. In separate reports on the London market, both A.M. …

A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Negative for New York-Based Lancer Insurance

A.M. Best has revised its outlook from stable to negative for New York-based Lancer Insurance Co. and Lancer Indemnity Co.. The move comes as Lancer Insurance’s underwriting performance declined in the past several years, particularly in 2015. This can primarily be …

A.M. Best Assigns ‘A’ Rating to Starr International (Europe) Ltd.

A.M. Best has assigned a financial strength rating of “A” (Excellent) and an issuer credit rating of “a” to UK-based Starr International (Europe) Ltd. (SIEL). The outlook assigned to each rating is stable. The ratings of SIEL reflect its excellent risk-adjusted …

A.M. Best Withdraws Ratings of Century Casualty Company in Georgia

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of B (Fair) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) of “bb+” of Century Casualty Company in Alpharetta, Ga. The outlook for the FSR remains stable, while the outlook for the ICR …

Best Revises Lloyd’s Outlook to Stable from Positive on Difficult Business Conditions

A.M. Best has revised the outlooks to stable from positive of Lloyd’s and Lloyd’s Insurance Co. (China) Ltd., while at the same time affirming their financial strength rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a+”. In …

Ratings of Preferred Physicians Medical Risk Retention Group Upgraded

A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-” of Preferred Physicians Medical Risk Retention Group Inc. (Preferred Physicians) in Kansas City, Mo. The outlook for each rating has …

A.M. Best’s ‘A-‘ Rating Not as Good as It Seems: Fitch

Fitch Ratings this week warned that users of insurance ratings from four large credit rating agencies (CRAs) fail to understand differences in the rating scales – differences that separate A.M. Best from the rest of that pack. Specifically, Fitch said …

Ratings of Missouri-Based National Fire and Indemnity Exchange Downgraded

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to B++ (Good) from A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) to “bbb+” from “a-” of National Fire and Indemnity Exchange (NFIE) in St. Louis, Mo. The outlook for the FSR has been …