OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best’s latest episode of “First Monday,” the monthly program featuring commentary by the company's leading analysts, examines how U.S. surplus lines insurers bounced back in 2013, mostly because their financial results did not reflect the heavy catastrophe losses as in the previous year; how the U.S. title insurance sector is recovering alongside housing to pre-bubble norms; and the results of A.M. Best's first quarterly survey that took the temperature of the insurance industry on a number of subjects, including low interest rates and asset allocations.
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The October 2014 episode of “First Monday” includes:
- Fortunes Reverse for Surplus Lines: Senior Financial Analyst David Blades says that while U.S. surplus lines insurers rebounded nicely a year after Superstorm Sandy carved into their financials, some clouds still remain: http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=fmsurpluslines1014.
- Housing Recovery Aids Title Industry: Despite the up-and-down nature of the U.S. housing market recovery, Senior Financial Analysts Michael Russo and Neil DasGupta say that the title insurance sector remains strong and health: http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=fmtitle1014.
- Survey Takes Industry's Temperature: Vice President James Gillard and Assistant Vice President Ken Johnson discuss the first quarterly A.M. Best survey that sought interest-rate forecasts, asset allocation plans and more from insurers: http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=fmsurvey1014.
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=firstmonday1014 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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