Same Game, Different Rules

Same Game, Different Rules

Core elements of difference in A.M. Best and S&P rating criteria On 10 March 2016 A.M. Best published its draft insurance rating criteria for public comment. The initial comment period closed on 30 June and updated criteria reflecting Best’s reactions to the comments, and a further comment period, are expected later this year, with the stated goal to release and implement the final criteria in early to

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Why Solvency II won’t replace the market use of ratings

Why Solvency II won't replace the market use of ratings

Although effectively communicating the output is likely to be critical for European re/insurers Periodically we hear the comment that the required publication by EU domiciled re/insurers of details on their financial health under Solvency II (SII) may remove market demand to see re/insurer ratings. Here at Litmus, we seriously doubt that. Fundamentally the information that will be disclosed under SII will have to be interpreted by the user in order

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Litmus comments on Fitch’s suggestion that an A- from A.M. Best equates to only a BBB from other agencies

Litmus comments on Fitch's suggestion that an A- from A.M. Best equates to only a BBB from other agencies

Recently Fitch Ratings (Fitch) released a paper arguing that rating users and regulators should treat an “A-“ A.M. Best (Best) Financial Strength Rating (FSR) as equivalent to a “BBB” Fitch Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating, and to the “BBB” ratings of the other main Credit Rating Agencies (CRA’s)

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