Effective March 31, 2015
A Best's Financial Strength Rating is an independent opinion of an insurer's financial strength and ability to meet its ongoing insurance policy and contract obligations. It is based on a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative evaluation of a company's balance sheet strength, operating performance and business profile. For more detailed information, read our Guide to Financial Strength Ratings.
Our rating process incorporates specific methodologies designed to address the Property/Casualty (Non-Life), Life/Annuity, and Health/HMO industry segments worldwide. View the complete Best's Credit Rating Methodology (BCRM).
A.M. Best's rating system has a proven track record in indicating insurance companies that may, over time, encounter financial difficulties (see Best's Impairment Studies: Life/Health, Property/Casualty). As such, a Best's FSR is recognized worldwide as the benchmark for assessing and comparing insurers' financial strength. Such a benchmark is increasingly important to an international market that looks for a strong indication of stability in the face of widespread deregulation, mergers, acquisitions and other dynamic factors.
For insurance companies, a Best's FSR is a strategic tool that can enhance consumers' confidence in the organization's stability, as well as its attractiveness to investors. A rating also enhances an insurer's credibility with reinsurers - a valuable resource, particularly for insurers entering new markets.
Insurance professionals depend on a Best's FSR to assess the creditworthiness of an insurer's operations, to evaluate prospective reinsurance accounts, to compare company performance and financial condition, and more. A rating can influence an agent's selection of plans to market.
A rating also is an important factor in the consumer's decision-making process to purchase insurance. Today's insurance consumers are well aware of how regional, political and economic instabilities can affect a marginal company. A Best's FSR can provide consumers with the information necessary for an educated buying decision.
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