A.M. Best News

A.M. Best: Reinsurers Need Underwriting Discipline in Competitive Market

Increasing competition and lower underwriting margins in the reinsurance market highlights the importance of disciplined underwriting, according to an A.M. Best briefing entitled “Global Reinsurers: Who Will Gain Despite All the Pain?” “The market is expected to remain challenging in …

Proposed XL Acquisition of Catlin Gets Review From Rating Agencies

A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s have weighed in with their comments about XL Group’s announced agreement to acquire Catlin Group Ltd. for $4.1 billion in cash and stock. A.M. Best placed the financial strength rating of XL Group and …

A.M. Best: Iowa’s Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Under Review

A.M. Best placed under review with negative implications the financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a” of Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH) of West Des Moines, Iowa. The under review status is based on …

A.M. Best: Rated Middle Eastern Insurers Well-Capitalized; Reliant on Reinsurance

Insurers in the Middle East have strong levels of risk-adjusted capital, although they continue to rely heavily on reinsurance protection and carry elevated levels of investment risk. A new report from A.M. Best states that insurance markets in the Middle East are …

A.M. Best: Ratings Stable for Western European (Re)Insurers

Insurers and reinsurers in western Europe posted solid performances in 2014 and retained their capital strength against a backdrop of economic calm, according to a new special report from A.M. Best. The report analyzes the agency’s ratings actions through the year …

A.M. Best Report: ‘Grey Swan’ Risks Can Affect Balance Sheets, Ratings

A new special report from A.M. Best discusses the need for non-life and life insurers to address threats called “grey swans,” the low-probability, high-severity events that have the potential to impair balance sheets and lower financial strength ratings. “Although some risks do …

A.M. Best: Global Re Stocks Underperform as Catastrophe Prices Drop

Stocks for publicly traded reinsurance companies (including the four large European reinsurers) performed well below the overall market through the third quarter of 2014, driven in part by the increased volatility in the overall equity markets and amplified by continued …

A.M. Best Comments on Results of EIOPA’s Insurance Stress Test

A.M. Best said it would be premature to draw negative conclusions from the most recent Solvency II stress tests conducted by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and does not anticipate any rating implications at this stage. In …

A.M. Best Report: Last Resort Insurers Welcome Catastrophe Bond Market

The convergence market has provided an opportunity for entities that act as insurers of last resort to transfer some of their peak exposures to the capital markets, according to a Best’s Special Report titled, “Last Resort Insurers Welcome Relief From Growing Catastrophe …

A.M. Best: Asia-Pacific M&As Driven by Top-Line Growth Prospects

The Asia-Pacific region has been a popular destination for mergers and acquisitions, driven by top-line growth prospects for many still-developing markets with low insurance penetration, according to a Best’s Special Report titled, “Asia-Pacific Mergers and Acquisitions Seen as More Balanced, Driven by …