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A.M. Best: Reinsurance Sector Faces New Reality Shaped by Abundant Capacity

The reinsurance market is operating in a new reality of abundant capacity from traditional and alternative sources, low interest rates and thinner reinsurance margins, driven by intense competition against shrinking demand for reinsurance cover, according to A.M. Best’s annual special …

European Re/Insurers Well Positioned to Withstand Market Volatility: A.M. Best

European re/insurers are well positioned to withstand the current volatility in the stock markets, having made significant changes to their investment portfolios since the global financial crisis of 2008, as well as the subsequent European sovereign debt crisis in late …

A.M. Best Places 2 Chinese Insurers’ Ratings Under Review After Tianjin Blast

As a result of losses resulting from the recent explosions at Tianjin port, A.M. Best has placed under review with negative implications the financial strength rating of two Chinese insurers, which have large exposures to the losses of their motor vehicle …

European Captives More Focused on Risk Mgmt., Investments: A.M. Best

A.M. Best has released a new study -“European Captives Increase Focus on Risk Management and Investments Ahead of Solvency II -” which concludes that “many European captives have embraced Solvency II’s increased regulatory requirements as an opportunity to focus more …

A.M. Best: Sanctions Removal to Attract Re/Insurers to Iranian Market

The lifting of trade restrictions placed on Iran may present significant opportunities for the Middle East and North African (MENA) re/insurance market, with European participants also expected to re-engage and seek a foothold in the country, according to research published …

Best Affirms and Withdraws Ratings of PaCRe Ltd.

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘A-‘ (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Bermuda-based PaCRe, Ltd., and has removed the ratings from under review with negative implications and assigned a negative outlook. Best said …

Best Places Ironshore & Subs Ratings under Review with Negative Implications

A.M. Best has placed under review with negative implications the financial strength rating of ‘A’ (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a” of Ironshore Insurance Ltd. (Bermuda) and its affiliated operating companies: Ironshore Indemnity Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), Ironshore …

Best Analyzes Changes to Brazilian Local Reinsurance Market

A.M. Best has released a new briefing focusing on the National Council of Private Insurance issuance of CNSP Resolution CNSP No. 322, which decreases the amount of premiums that Brazil’s local insurers must “place” with local reinsurers, from 40 percent …

Investment Return Moves up Boardroom Agenda for Europe Insurers: A.M. Best

The pursuit of improved investment returns has become more important for European insurers after a lengthy period when their attention was more focused on non-investment sources of profit, according to a report published by A.M. Best. How an insurer might …

Wright National Flood Insurance Co. Ratings Affirmed

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Wright National Flood Insurance Co. (WNFIC) in San Antonio, Texas. The outlook for both ratings is stable. The ratings of WNFIC, formerly known as …