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After Beirut Port Explosion, AM Best Comments on Potential Insurance Exposures

The devastating explosion at the Beirut’s port on Tuesday, Aug. 4 caused many casualties and considerable damage, but local insurance penetration rates in Lebanon generally are low, said AM Best in a market commentary. For the international market, however, marine …

U.S. Commercial Auto Insurers Report Worst Losses in Decade: AM Best

The U.S.commercial automobile insurance segment’s underwriting losses deepened to $4.0 billion in 2019, the segment’s worst loss in 10 years and a continuation of a decade-long trend of worsening underwriting results, according to a new AM Best report. Indeed, the …

P/C Insurers Score Low for Innovation, While Reinsurers Do Better: AM Best

In an initial test of its new innovation assessment scores, AM Best found that only 1 percent of rated property/casualty insurers merit scores high enough to categorize them as innovation leaders, according to a recent report. The special report, “AM …

Reinsurers’ Earnings to Be Hit After 3rd Year of Major Claims: AM Best

Reinsurers’ earnings are likely to see further erosion in 2019 after another year of major catastrophe losses, which is prolonging the positive momentum for reinsurance pricing, according to AM Best. “Three consecutive years of severe losses, dwindling favorable reserve development …

Commercial Auto Market Should Improve This Year But Not a Lot: A.M. Best

A.M. Best maintains its negative outlook for the U.S. commercial auto insurance market even though its analysts believe it should improve somewhat in 2019. That forecast stems from commercial auto insurers having taken steps to address their most problematic exposures, …

Mexico Begins Digging Out from Destruction of Hurricane Willa

Residents on Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Wednesday began clearing up the wreckage left by Hurricane Willa, which ripped through towns overnight, tearing off rooftops, downing power lines and splitting trees apart. Willa, a powerful Category 3 hurricane, hit the northwestern …

Mexican Insurers Will Absorb Losses from Hurricane Willa: A.M. Best

Mexico’s insurance industry overall remains well-capitalized and can absorb the financial impact generated from Hurricane Willa, according to an A.M. Best briefing. Hurricane Willa made landfall on Oct. 23 on Mexico’s Pacific Coast (approximately 300 miles west of Mexico City) …

Global Insurers Realize Innovation Is Critical for Future Success: A.M. Best Survey

A significant majority of global insurers understand that innovation is increasingly becoming a competitive differentiator in the global marketplace, according to the results of an A.M. Best survey of its rated entities. More than 80 percent of survey respondents said …

Bermuda Market to Stay Key Reinsurance Hub Despite U.S. Tax Reform: A.M. Best

Bermuda will continue to be a key international hub for reinsurance despite being challenged in recent years, most recently by tax reform in the United States, which fundamentally changed how multinational entities are taxed. How the territory’s market has responded …

UK Insurers Push Ahead with Brexit Plans in Absence of Trade Deal: A.M. Best Report

In the absence of a Brexit trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union, insurers in the UK have accelerated their plans to establish new EU subsidiaries and ensure business continuity after Brexit, according to a report published …