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AM BEST'S MONTHLY INSURANCE MAGAZINE



ENTREPRENEURIAL AGENT/BROKER
Strength Through Specialization

Creating new markets and products to meet the challenge of emerging risks is at the heart of the excess and surplus lines market.

  • Meg Green
  • December 2020

ENTREPRENEURIAL AGENT/BROKER
Insurtech Drives Distribution Innovation

Balancing technology and insurance expertise is the key to innovation—and success—for insurtech MGAs.

  • Kate Smith
  • December 2020

ENTREPRENEURIAL AGENT/BROKER
Programs That Produce

Insurance entrepreneurs say the program sector offers the opportunity to quickly build effective, scalable business.

  • John Weber
  • December 2020

INSURANCE AGENDA
What’s Ahead

As insurers look toward 2021, their priorities and concerns are shaped by the unusual events of 2020.

Special Section sponsored by Invesco.

 

  • Kate Smith
  • December 2020

INSURANCE AGENDA: EXEC INTERVIEW
A Different View

Kevin Kelley’s move from insurance to private equity gives him a unique perspective on a changing industry.

Special Section sponsored by Invesco.

 

  • Meg Green
  • December 2020

AUDITORS & ACTUARIES
Top Audit and Actuarial Firms

Ranked by loss reserves.

Special Section sponsored by Johnson Lambert.

To listen to a Johnson Lambert podcast click on the microphone.

 

  • Best’s Review Staff
  • December 2020

AUDITORS & ACTUARIES: LIFE INSURANCE
Rethinking Mortality

Life insurers and their actuaries find themselves, in some cases, revising down the initial estimates of extra mortality costs related to COVID-19, though there are still many unknowns regarding the pandemic.

Special Section sponsored by Johnson Lambert.

To listen to a Johnson Lambert podcast click on the microphone.

 

  • Terrence Dopp
  • December 2020

MARINE INSURANCE
A Powerful Force

Large accumulation exposures­, including an unprecedented pandemic, a spate of cargo vessel fires and a large port explosion in Beirut, have hard hit the marine insurance market in recent months and are driving changes in the line.

  • Lori Chordas
  • December 2020

REGULATORY/LAW
Cruise Lines And COVID

As the cruise industry deals with COVID litigation, a number of defenses have been successful.

  • Christopher B. Kende
  • December 2020

AT LARGE
The Gray Rhinos

Climate change could cause societal and economic crises just as COVID-19 did.

  • Tony Kuczinski
  • December 2020

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Entrepreneurial Spirit

Best’s Review in December features interviews with top agent/broker innovators, our annual listing of auditors and actuaries, a feature on the marine insurance market and a look ahead to 2021.

  • Patricia Vowinkel
  • December 2020

INSURANCE AGENDA: LIFE
Make It Personal

McKinsey: Life insurance carriers can grow by offering more personalized and flexible products.

Special Section sponsored by Invesco.

 

  • John Weber
  • December 2020

BEST'S RANKINGS
Marine, Inland Marine and Fire & Allied Insurers

Ranked by 2019 direct premiums written.

  • December 2020

WHAT AM BEST SAYS
Mutual Strength

AM Best: Homeowners premiums are driving growth in mutuals.

  • Meg Green
  • December 2020

INSURANCE MARKETING
A Brand New Day

Advertising spending among many of the insurance industry’s top marketers decreased during the pandemic, and for the second year in a row Allianz is named the top insurance brand by Interbrand.

  • Lori Chordas
  • December 2020

THE LAST WORD
Giving Back

Insurers have found creative ways to reward their employees and give back to their workforces during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Lori Chordas
  • December 2020

RISK ADVISER
The D&O Gamble

Plaintiff’s attorneys may have the upper hand in litigation, but insurers can turn the odds.

  • Paul Horgan
  • December 2020

TECHNOLOGY
A Key to Success

Property/casualty insurers continue to unlock the true potential of artificial intelligence.

  • Mark Breading
  • December 2020

NEXT WAVE
Staying Connected

A different approach can help boost networking when in-person interactions are rare.

  • Carly Burnham
  • December 2020

EXECUTIVE CHANGES
Everest Re Names Group CFO and Group COO

AIG names chief diversity officer, WTW names director of climate transition risk, Guy Carpenter hires chief human resources officer, Starr Insurance gets new head of global aviation, and BCBSA names president, CEO.

  • December 2020

BOOKS
Driving More Value From Data

Pat Saporito’s book and workshop provide carriers with prescriptive, practical ways to evolve data and analytics skills.

  • John Weber
  • December 2020

IN THE NEWS
Startup Reinsurer Aims for $1.1 Billion London Listing

Conduit targets an excess-of-loss and quota share book of treaty reinsurance business across P/C lines.

  • David Pilla
  • December 2020

IN THE NEWS
NAMIC Questions California Nonrenewal Moratorium Order

The order affects 18% of the state’s residential insurance market.

  • Timothy Darragh
  • December 2020

IN THE NEWS
Regulatory Update

Florida cuts workers’ comp rates, and delay sought in long-term contract changes.

  • December 2020

INDUSTRY UPDATES
A Better Connection

Lloyd’s CEO says Blueprint Two will achieve approved and clear data standards to support the next generation of placement platforms and solutions including a new Lloyd’s marketplace gateway.

  • David Pilla
  • December 2020

INDUSTRY UPDATES
Chain Reaction

Allianz chief claims officer: Businesses look to repatriate supply chains.

  • John Weber
  • December 2020

INDUSTRY UPDATES
On the Horizon

AM Best: Food additives could be next A&E risk.

  • John Weber
  • December 2020

AM BEST TV & AUDIO
Nurses Could Face Liability Claims Due to COVID-19

The scope of legal immunity for nurses offered by some states has not been tested yet, reinsurance renewal discussions are starting earlier, and the shift to remote work opened vistas for hackers. AMBestTV and AMBestAudio report on stories from a number of sectors within the insurance industry.

  • December 2020

AM BEST RESEARCH & COMMENTARY
Despite Pandemic, Health Insurers Report Record 2Q Earnings

AM Best also comments on P/C impairments, LIBOR transition and Hurricane Eta.

  • December 2020

AM BEST WEBINARS
Global Events Affect Cyber, Tapping Vehicle Data and a Look at Crop Insurance

Experts explore current trends of cyber liability, how vehicle history information is changing policies and pricing, and an AM Best report that examines the challenges facing the crop insurance market.

  • December 2020

CORPORATE CHANGES
Mergers, Name Changes, State Actions and Domiciliary Changes

Transamerica Premier Life, Gray, and Sutton National insurance companies are among the life/health and property/casualty groups in the United States that have experienced a merger, new name or other corporate change.

  • December 2020

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