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AM BEST'S MONTHLY INSURANCE MAGAZINE



AUTO INSURANCE
Independent Streak

Independent agents take the spotlight following moves by Allstate, Nationwide and others. Special Section sponsored by LexisNexis.

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  • Lori Chordas
  • October 2020

BEST'S RANKINGS
Top Auto Writers

Ranked by 2019 direct premiums written.Special Section sponsored by LexisNexis.

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  • October 2020

LIFE INSURANCE
Lands of Opportunity

Rising ranks of the middle class, wealth creation and an existing protection gap make Asia’s lucrative insurance market ripe for multinational players to stake their claims. But the region’s diverse cultures and regulatory frameworks also make it a complex environment.

  • Terrence Dopp
  • October 2020

REGULATORY/LAW
ESG Comes to the Fore

Many insurance companies look at environmental, social and governance criteria as part of making future plans.

  • Howard Mills
  • October 2020

REINSURANCE
A Complex Situation

AM Best: A combination of positives and negatives has led to a stable outlook for the reinsurance sector.

  • Meg Green
  • October 2020

LIFE REINSURANCE
Chart a Course

The landscape for U.S. life/annuity reinsurance is becoming more complex and intermediaries are stepping in to help navigate the challenges.

  • Mike Kaster
  • October 2020

RISK ADVISER
Outer Limits

Looking out peripherally to identify emerging risks and then taking action is sound risk management.

  • Lance Ewing
  • October 2020

AT LARGE
Transforming Auto Claims

Claims maturity follows a three-stage model.

  • Bill Pieroni
  • October 2020

BOOKS
Insurance Exec Memoir

Brian O’Hara shares stories and wisdom from his career as the founding president of XL Capital.

  • Meg Green
  • October 2020

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Autos and Agents

Best’s Review publishes AM Best’s top auto insurer rankings and looks at auto insurance distribution strategies as Allstate makes a deal to boost its presence with independent agents.

  • Patricia Vowinkel
  • October 2020

INSURTECHS
Finding Their Footing

First-half P/C insurtech net losses narrow or move to profit as businesses mature.

  • Renée Kiriluk-Hill
  • October 2020

BEST'S RANKINGS
U.S. Life/Health — 2019 Assets Distribution

Ranked by 2019 total admitted assets.

  • October 2020

EXECUTIVE CHANGES
American Family Insurance Names CEO-Elect

Also, AIG names CEO of general insurance; Chubb chooses leaders for North America and global underwriting, claims; USAA creates chief brand officer role and Woodrow Cross, founder of Cross Insurance, dies at 103.

  • October 2020

INSURANCE MARKETING
Partner Up

AIG extends its sponsorship of the LPGA Tour’s oldest major championship and an insurer continues its sponsorship of a Canadian football team after it changes its name.

  • Lori Chordas
  • October 2020

THE LAST WORD
Silent Movies

Sales of TV and film production insurance are starting to rebound after COVID-19 upended the industries and brought productions to a halt for several months

  • Lori Chordas
  • October 2020

TECHNOLOGY
In the Cloud

Migrating systems to the cloud in the age of COVID and climate change has several advantages.

  • Julien Victor
  • October 2020

INDUSTRY UPDATES
Headwinds Remain

AM Best webinar: Canada’s property/casualty sector fares better than the life/health business in the COVID era.

  • David Pilla
  • October 2020

INDUSTRY UPDATES
Legal Issues

London market trade group warns on solicitors coverage shortfalls.

  • David Pilla
  • October 2020

IN THE NEWS
Aon: COVID-19 Improves Reinsurance Demand

Rising risk exposures and increasing risk awareness are translating into a greater need for reinsurance.

  • David Pilla
  • October 2020

IN THE NEWS
Swiss Re: Prices to Rise to Cover Increasing Loss Trends

To achieve a reasonable return on equity through 2021, nonlife insurers in G7 markets need to improve underwriting margins.

  • Timothy Darragh
  • October 2020

IN THE NEWS
Regulatory Update

The NAIC seeks comment on annuity model; two states seek to block limited health plans and Nevada law shields casinos from COVID liability.

  • October 2020

WHAT AM BEST SAYS
Obstacles Remain

AM Best: Low interest rates, potential ‘fallen angels’ challenge life/annuity writers.

  • John Weber
  • October 2020

AM BEST RESEARCH & COMMENTARY
Reinsurance Sector Outlook Is Stable Amidst Pandemic

AM Best also notes underwriting gains for Medicare Advantage and comments on group capital rules in Hong Kong.

  • October 2020

CORPORATE CHANGES
State Actions, Domiciliary Changes, Mergers

Cypress Texas Insurance Co. and Centurion Casualty Co. are among the property/casualty insurers in the United States that have had a merger, a change of domicile or another corporate change.

  • October 2020

AM BEST TV AND AUDIO
The Challenge of Predicting Unexpected Perils

Satellites track insurers’ moving assets in times of peril, hurricane response plans need review and coverage from VCIA’s virtual conference. AMBestTV and AMBestAudio report on stories from a number of sectors within the insurance industry.

  • October 2020

AM BEST WEBINARS
Modeling for US Perils, Hot Topics in Canada,Tapping Into Pet Insurance

Experts discuss the technical advances of U.S. peril models for earthquake, hurricane and flood, industry issues in Canada and how insurers can embrace new strategies to tap into the pet insurance market.

  • October 2020

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