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A.M. Best's Leading Analysts Discuss 2013 Rating Outlooks, Impact of Catastrophes on Asia-Pacific Non-Life Industry


A.M. Best Co.'s latest episode of “First Monday” features A.M. Best's leading analysts discussing the company's 2013 rating outlooks. Click on to view the video program.

The January 2013 episode of “First Monday” includes:

  • A.M. Best's 2013 Rating Outlooks: Property/Casualty, Life/Annuity, Health
    and Reinsurance: A look at market outlooks for 2013. Vice Presidents Rich Attanasio and Andrew Colannino explore trends that are affecting the personal and commercial segments of the U.S. property/casualty (P/C) industry; Assistant Vice President William Pargeans discusses the life/annuity sector and the impact of prolonged low interest rates; Assistant Vice President Joseph Zazzera looks at the health segment and its continued evolution; and Vice President Robert DeRose sees the global reinsurance industry holding steady amid challenges.

U.S. P/C (Personal Lines):

U.S. P/C (Commercial Lines):

U.S. Life/Annuity:

U.S. Health:

Global Reinsurance:

  • Regulatory Shifts Follow Asia-Pacific Catastrophes: Senior Financial Analysts Jeff Yeung, Seewon Oh and Michael Wong discuss changes facing the non-life industry in the Asia-Pacific region after large-scale catastrophes:

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 to view the latest edition of “First Monday.” In addition, go to for a 2012 year in review. The next edition of “First Monday” will premiere Feb. 4, 2013. To suggest topics for A.M. Best's analytic teams to address, send an e-mail to

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