A.M. Best’s Analysts Explore Rated US Captives, The Lloyd’s Market And Fixed-Annuity Reinsurance
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- Rated US Captives Feeling the Squeeze: Assistant Vice President
Steven Chiricotalks about how soft-market conditions, low investment yields and the continuing global financial downturn have intruded on the positive operating performance of the U.S. captives that A.M. Bestfollows.
- Lloyd's Capital Strength Remains Resilient:
Catherine Thomas, director of analytics at A.M. Best Europe- Rating Services Ltd., says the Lloyd’s market managed good results in 2011 given the number of major catastrophe events, but that Solvency II and heavy market competition remain as potential obstacles going forward.
- Fixed-Annuity Reinsurance Deals Gaining Speed: Assistant Vice President
William Pargeansdiscusses how the U.S. life reinsurance market is seeing a rise in fixed-annuity reinsurance deals, as new market entrants are backed by private equity firms offering up their investment management expertise.
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