A.M. BestTV: Leading Analysts Discuss U.S. Health Exchange Enrollment; U.S. Life/Health Performance; and 2014 Catastrophe Bond Issuance

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best’s latest episode of “First Monday,” the monthly program featuring commentary by the company's leading analysts, explores enrollment results of the state and federal health care exchanges; persisting slow growth in the U.S. life/health sector; and booming performance in the catastrophe bond market so far in 2014. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=firstmonday614 to view the video program.

The June 2014 episode of “First Monday” includes:

  • Older Pool of U.S. Exchange Enrollees a Concern: Senior Financial Analyst Doniella Pliss says that initial U.S. health care exchange enrollment points to an older risk pool, which may lead to higher utilization and adverse selection: http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=fmexchanges614
  • Challenged US Life/Health Lines Slow Overall Growth: Although the U.S. life/health industry may see improved operating conditions in 2014 thanks to modest economic growth and declining unemployment, for now, according to Assistant Vice President Thomas Rosendale, the sector still faces lingering low interest rates that are hampering growth: http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=fmlifehealth614
  • Catastrophe Bond Market on Pace to Set Issuance Record: Managing Senior Financial Analyst Asha Attoh-Okine says he expects 2014 to be the best year ever for catastrophe bond issuance, with new perils and regions brought forth into the market: http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=fmcatastrophebonds614

Each month, “First Monday” will provide A.M. Best’s point of view concerning timely topics or growing trends that are affecting (re)insurance company operations, and in some cases, the analytics behind Best’s Credit Ratings process. Go to http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=firstmonday614 to view the latest edition. To suggest topics for A.M. Best’s analytic teams to address, send an e-mail to FirstMonday@ambest.com.

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Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Jim Peavy, 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com