Many people assume their insurance companies will survive, year after year. However, prudent consumers and professionals realize that in this world of shifting risks, the solvency of insurance companies can’t be taken for granted. Luckily, Weiss Ratings’ Guide to Property & Casualty Insurers gives both novice and experienced insurance policy seekers the tools they need to survive in today’s shifting economic market.
The Guide to Property & Casualty Insurers is divided into seven main sections, preceded by an introductory section and followed by a thorough Appendix. Weiss’ complete letter-grade rubric is detailed on the inside front cover—an easily accessible reference for users researching companies in this guide.
The introductory section begins by welcoming the user and defining the Guide’s mission statement, followed by a “How To Use This Guide” orientation to the book. The final components of this section are an explanation of the Financial Strength Ratings used in the book and a page of important warnings and cautions for the user to take into account when evaluating property and casualty insurance providers.
Index of Companies is comprised of an alphabetical listing of all rated and unrated property and casualty insurers in the United States, and contains key rating factors and performance measures for all insurers. An explanation of each of the footnotes and stability factors appear at the end of this section.
Analysis of Largest Companies contains rating factors, historical data, and general information on each of the 450 largest property and casualty insurers in the U.S. that have the most recent quarterly financial information available. These summaries are made up of several components and also contain graphs and charts to assist the user in understanding the data. Components of the analyses include: Financial Strength Rating, Major Rating Factors, Principal Business, and Principal Investments. Complete contact information is also listed.
Recommended Companies which are U.S. property and casualty insurers that have been awarded a Financial Strength Rating between A+ and B+. Section III lists the companies alphabetically and includes complete contact information with ratings. Section IV ranks companies by Financial Strength Rating in each line of business that they have received more than $1 million in direct premiums. Section V organizes companies by state in which they are licensed to do business, and listings include Domicile State and Total Assets.
Rated and Unrated Property and Casualty Insurers: Companies are ranked by Financial Strength Rating, and then listed alphabetically within each rating category.
Rating Upgrades and Downgrades identifies those companies receiving a rating change since the previous edition of this publication. Each listing has a brief summary of the change and reason for the change.
The Guide ends with an Appendix containing five sections:
- an article about State Guaranty Associations
- a list of State Contact Information
- details about Risk-Adjusted Capital
- a list of Recent Industry Failures
- a Glossary containing the most important terms used throughout the publication
With ongoing changes to property and casualty insurance plans, it’s important for all policy holders to have access to information and evaluations of their property and casualty insurers. Weiss Ratings’ Guide to Property & Casualty Insurers provides the most extensive coverage of insurers writing policies—helping consumers and businesses avoid financial headaches—all presented in an accessible format for users at any level. Whether the user is within the automotive industry, insurance industry, or is a consumer looking for information on his or her insurance company or looking to change insurers, this Guide is the best and only source for unbiased and timely analyses.
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Weiss’s rating scale is extremely straightforward and easy to understand. There are no complicated number grades to interpret, no colored paper to decode, and no stars to count. Instead, each entry gets a simple, intuitive letter grade that immediately identifies the wheat from the chaff. This is one more reason why Weiss Ratings is widely recognized as "America's Consumer Advocate for Financial Safety." The Weiss Safety Ratings have been proven to be the most accurate available from any of the major rating agencies. Plus, unlike the other major rating agencies, Weiss does not accept compensation from the companies it rates, and thus does not allow companies to influence the ratings they receive or to suppress the release of their ratings. In fact, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) validated Weiss’ accuracy in its Insurance Ratings study, and that same superior rating methodology is used when deriving all other ratings as well.