A.M. Best Requests Comments on Draft Criteria: A.M. Best Ratings on a National Scale

MEXICO CITY--()--A.M. Best is requesting comments from market participants in the insurance industry and other interested parties on the draft criteria report, “A.M. Best Ratings on a National Scale.”

A.M. Best continues to refine its proposed Best’s Credit Rating Methodology (BCRM) to further increase transparency and consistency. The national ratings scale provides a relative opinion of financial strength within a single country. The national scale was created as the global scale often results in ratings that are grouped tightly, creating less differentiation among peers, particularly in emerging markets.

In addition, the following six other draft BCRM-related criteria procedures have been released for comment:

  • Alternative Risk Transfer (ART)
  • Evaluating Country Risk
  • Measuring Transfer and Convertibility Risk
  • Rating New Company Formations
  • Rating Run-Off Insurers and Specialists
  • Rating Surety Companies

Some of these draft criteria procedures are amalgamations of current, in-use criteria procedures. Those that relate to the rating of specialty insurers emphasize what is unique or different between the analysis of the specialty insurer and the analytical process, as outlined in the draft BCRM.

These draft criteria procedures are available in the methodology section of A.M. Best’s website. A.M. Best is requesting comment on these draft criteria procedures from insurance industry participants and other interested parties. Written comments should be submitted by e-mail to methodology.commentary@ambest.com no later than May 31, 2017. When submitting comments to the methodology in-box, commenters have the option of requesting anonymity. All comments received through the methodology in-box that do not request anonymous treatment will generally be published in their entirety, with attribution to the author/sender, upon implementation of the criteria procedure.

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Stephen A. Irwin
Senior Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5454
stephen.irwin@ambest.com
or
Alfonso Novelo
Director of Analytics
+52 55 5208 1264
alfonso.novelo@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
Stephen A. Irwin
Senior Director
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5454
stephen.irwin@ambest.com
or
Alfonso Novelo
Director of Analytics
+52 55 5208 1264
alfonso.novelo@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644
james.peavy@ambest.com