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A.M. Best Special Report: U.S. P/C Impairments Dropped Sharply in 2013, But Alternative Risk Players Faltered
[July 01, 2014]

A.M. Best Special Report: U.S. P/C Impairments Dropped Sharply in 2013, But Alternative Risk Players Faltered

OLDWICK, N.J. --(Business Wire)--

Financial impairments in the U.S. property/casualty (P/C) industry in 2013 plunged to their lowest level since 2007, amounting to little more than half of both the historical average and the 2012 impairment count. The 14 known P/C impairments in 2013, compared with 25 in 2012, were more in line with figures seen consistently during the 1970s. This report gives descriptions of the P/C 2013 impairments, and also updates A.M. Best's historical P/C Financially Impaired Companies' database for 1969 through year-to-date 2014.

While 2013 P/C impairments were well below the historical average count, they continued to far exceed life/health impairments, which reached an all-time low of one in 2013. To date, four P/C impairments have been reported for 2014.

The P/C industrys 2013 financial impairment frequency (FIF)-a more accurate indicator of impairment trends than a mere count-was 0.43%, below the industry's historical average of 0.81%. The 2013 figure was near levels recorded during the 1970s-except for 1975, when the FIF spiked to 1.09% following the trough of a soft market and an economic recession. In the current era, the 2011 FIF of 1.05% seems to have marked the peak for impairment frequency following the 2007-2010 soft-market trough and the 2007-2009 recession.

To access a copy of this special report, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=226381

A.M. Best Company is the world's oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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