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Nov 29, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning - Liability Insurance Industry Shows Signs of Deteriorating Performance

The benign period for liability insurance results may have run its course. Current trends in loss frequency, tort filings, and reserve releases...


Nov 27, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning - Long Term Care: Insurers Seek Opportunity in Combination Products

The Long Term Care Insurance market's standalone products have seen disappointing sales compared to the potential need, weak profits, and ongoing...


Sep 19, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Evolving Regulatory Initiatives Focus Insurers on Understanding and Articulating their Risks

The growing level of activity among regulatory bodies and quasi-regulatory agencies focused on strengthening insurance solvency protection systems,...


Jun 27, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Property-Casualty Industry 2011 Loss Reserve Position Sufficient, but Challenged in Older Years

The property-casualty industry appears to have sufficient reserves, but older reserves continue to develop adversely in 2011, according to analysis...


Apr 26, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Workers' Compensation Faces More Challenges Following Recession

As the economy recovers, workers' compensation may see different directional trends, leading to a complex mixture of improvement and further...


Apr 16, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Property-Casualty Industry Forecast Through 2014 Released

Conning provides its latest Property-Casualty Forecast extending into 2014. An extended low interest rate environment and a sluggish economic...


Mar 28, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning Research: 2011 U.S. Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions Up, With Shift to Strategic Transactions

Insurance mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. continued to gain momentum in 2011, with a focus on strategic transactions. Transactions increased in...


Mar 13, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Life Insurers Have $10.2 Trillion Opportunity in the Middle Market

The protection gap for the middle market is now estimated at $10.2 trillion, representing a huge opportunity for life insurers, according to a new...


Mar 05, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Specialization and Focus Drive Superior Performance in Global Reinsurance Market

As with primary insurance, analysis indicates that diversification can be a detriment to underwriting performance in the $200 billion gross written...


Feb 13, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Property-Casualty Insurers Seek Risk-Adjusted Expense Efficiency

Expense management is one of the few areas within the control of insurers to improve performance; yet as they review expenses, insurers must consider ...


Jan 31, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Indexed Annuity Business Poised for Growth

A number of changes in the economy, regulatory environment, equity markets, and consumer preferences have combined to once again drive growth in the...


Jan 23, 2012, 09:00 ET Conning Research: 2012-2013 Property-Casualty Industry Forecast for Moderate Performance Improvement in Volatile Operating Environment

Volatility in the economy, the underwriting cycle, and catastrophe management, combined with low investment yields will create a difficult...


Oct 20, 2011, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Life Insurers Struggle with Low Interest Rate Environment for the Foreseeable Future

Analysis of life insurers' assets and investments in 2010 reveals an industry in recovery from the credit crisis but facing a new and longer-term set ...


Oct 12, 2011, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Property-Casualty Industry Forecast Affected by Worsening Economic and Investment Income Outlook

The downtrend in economic indicators, along with declining investment income projections are principal conditions guiding Conning's latest...


Sep 21, 2011, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Inland Marine Insurance--A Tradition of High Performance is Coming Under New Competitive Pressures

Inland marine insurance includes diverse products and risks that demand deep expertise, and despite excellent results over the past decade, the line...


Sep 13, 2011, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Market and Product Specialization Driving Superior Performance Among Property-Casualty Insurers

While there are various market interpretations of the term "specialty" in property casualty insurance, Conning's research shows that specialization...


Jul 26, 2011, 01:00 ET Conning Research: Next Wave of Investment in Claims Technology and Process Improvement Coming to Personal Lines Insurance

Significant process and technological improvements to the personal lines insurance claims function have been made over the past 15 years, but even...


May 25, 2011, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Small Life Insurers Rode Through the Financial Crisis With Conservative and Disciplined Approach

Small life companies in the range of $10 million to $500 million in premium are often overlooked by industry observers. Yet their performance,...


May 02, 2011, 09:00 ET Conning Research: China's Rapidly Maturing Insurance Industry Poses Both Opportunities and Challenges for Foreign Insurers

China's rapidly growing and maturing insurance industry has undergone massive change in structure and regulation in the past several years. This...


Apr 27, 2011, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Increased Longevity Awareness Expands Retirement Income Opportunities for Insurers

The transfer of longevity risk creates a tremendous growth opportunity for insurers who develop and distribute retirement income products. However,...


Apr 25, 2011, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Property-Casualty Industry Forecast through 2013 Released

Slow-developing conditions among key insurance underwriting cycle indicators are increasing the uncertainty in critical insurance forecast drivers...


Mar 14, 2011, 09:00 ET Conning Research: 2010 U.S. Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions Up Significantly, Reversing Five-Year Decline

Insurance mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. picked up momentum in 2010. Sharp increases were seen for insurance service providers and distribution ...


Dec 13, 2010, 09:00 ET Conning Research: Medicaid Managed Care Expansion Presents Opportunity to Health Plans that Are Prepared

With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states will be adding at least 16 million new Medicaid enrollees from 2014...


Nov 01, 2010, 09:00 ET Conning Research: U.S. Life Settlements Will Likely Impact Some Insurers and Reinsurers of Large-Face Policies

Despite a decrease in new life policies settled in 2009, the cumulative in-force block of settled policies will likely have an impact on some...


Oct 28, 2010, 09:00 ET Conning Research: U.S. Life Settlements Annual Volume Dropped 36% in 2009

In 2009, the life settlements market was hit hard by a significant decrease in investor capital, reducing the ability of life settlements funds to...