This mission led to the development of Best's Ratings
, which are now recognized worldwide as the benchmark of assessing insurers' financial strength.
The merger has not affected AM Best's ratings
on Alterra and the rest of its operating subsidiaries.
following Best's Ratings
according to the following scale: Secure
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provided on Best's Company Reports, which now feature Property-Casualty and Life-Health databases, users also have access to a Westlaw clipping service.
AM Best's ratings
take into consideration Arbella's strong risk-adjusted capitalisation, sustained operating results, established market presence and reduced underwriting leverage during the past five years.
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process and contains the different rating criteria employed in the rating process.
Scale has changed over time in an ongoing effort to increasingly distinguish the relative financial strength of insurers and adapt to changes in the insurance industry.
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This edition of Best's Rating
Changes reflects all rating changes--assignments, changes or placed trader review--that occurred for life, health and property/casualty insurers domiciled in North America, as well as international insurance companies, since this section last appeared in the November 2006 edition of Best's Review.