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[January 10, 2013]

A.M. Best Releases Video Interviews with Key Analysts Exploring 2013 Rating Outlooks

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

Video interviews discussing A.M. Best Co.'s 2013 rating outlooks are now available at under the "First Monday" tab. These videos feature key A.M. Best rating analysts explaining the rationale for each market segment outlook.


U.S. Property/Casualty, Personal Lines (Stable): Vice President Rich Attanasio explains that while the property line has been hampered by weather-driven volatility, the auto line, which represents more than 60% of the segment's net premium written, continues to record generally adequate performance and stability.

Watch the interview: v=fmattanasio113


U.S. Property/Casualty, Commercial Lines (Negative): Vice President Andrew Colannino says that while this segment is seeing some price momentum, a negative outlook remains due to competitive market conditions, depressed investment yields, sluggish economic growth and the segment's current loss-reserve position.

Watch the interview: v=fmcolannino113


U.S. Life/Annuity (Stable): Assistant Vice President William Pargeans says life and annuity writers have been maintaining their asset portfolios and have not taken on much more risk in the low interest rate environment, but that negative outlooks could increase should interest rates persists into 2014 and beyond.

Watch the interview: v=fmpargeans113


U.S. Health (Stable): Assistant Vice President Joseph Zazzera says the industry is transitioning well into the new health care landscape and has managed the economic downturn as well, but that pressures will rise as the industry moves closer to health insurance exchanges in 2014.

Watch the interview: v=fmzazzera113


Global Reinsurance (Stable): Vice President Robert DeRose explains that a disciplined underwriting approach has helped reinsurers mitigate depressed investment earnings and record reasonable profits.

Watch the interview: v=fmderose113

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