A.M. Best News

A.M. Best Withdraws Credit Ratings of Oklahoma’s Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating  (FSR) of B (Fair) and the long-term issuer credit rating (ICR) of “bb+” of Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Co. (Farmers) in Okarche, Okla. The outlook for the long-term ICR has been revised …

Europe’s Top Cedents Saw Cessions Jump by Double Digits in 2015: A.M. Best

Europe’s top cedents reported a double-digit hike in cessions for 2015 compared to the previous year. The trend stems from their taking advantage of cheap and bountiful reinsurance capacity, A.M. Best said in a new report. The continent’s 20 largest …

Negative Reinsurance Sector Outlook Not Changing Anytime Soon: A.M. Best

A.M. Best said its outlook for the reinsurance sector remains negative due to a multitude of factors, and it will likely stay that way for quite some time. “Our rating outlook remains longer-term than our typical 12-18 months,” A.M. Best …

A.M. Best Downgrades Ratings of Florida-Based American Capital Assurance

A.M. Best has downgraded the financial strength rating to A- (Excellent) from A (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating to “a-” from “a+” for American Capital Assurance Corp (ACAC) of St. Petersburg, Fla. These rating actions follow the recent transaction …

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 …