AP NEWS
This content is a press release from our partner Business Wire. The AP newsroom and editorial departments were not involved in its creation.
PRESS RELEASE from provider: Business Wire
This content is a press release from our partner Business Wire. The AP newsroom and editorial departments were not involved in its creation.

Best’s Market Segment Report: U.S. Private Mortgage Insurance Industry Stable Amid Positive Operating Environment

March 13, 2019

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 13, 2019--The operating environment for U.S. private mortgage insurers (PMI) continues to be favorable due to a low unemployment rate and a core inflation rate still in check despite signs of deteriorating macroeconomic conditions, which in turn support AM Best ’s stable market segment outlook on the industry.

The Best’s Market Segment Report, titled, “Market Segment Outlook: U.S. Private Mortgage Insurers” states that the industry’s combined ratio has improved over the last few years, to 29.2 in 2018 from 106.4 in 2013, with favorable results expected to continue into 2019. AM Best also expects the percentage of loans in default to continue its decline from previous years as the legacy insured loans continue to mature and become a smaller proportion of the entire PMI portfolio. PMIs also have continued to cede more of their risk to the reinsurance market through various quota share and excess-of-loss programs, which serve as mechanisms to reduce potential losses in case of a market downturn.

AM Best anticipates that the PMI industry will continue to cede more risk to capital market participants through the issuance of mortgage insurance-linked securities (MILS). In 2015-2018, $4.15 billion was ceded to the capital market, while approximately $2.98 billion in MILS’ was issued in 2018.

Overall, AM Best expects the mortgage insurance industry to continue its slight upward trajectory as the favorable market conditions continue; however, this could be hampered by future macroeconomic risk of a slowdown or recession and premium rate decreases as competition continues to increase among the PMIs. AM Best will continue to gauge the overall capital adequacy of the PMIs as they accumulate long-dated mortgage risk.

To access the full copy of this market segment report, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=283545.

AM Best is a global rating agency and information provider with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Visit www.ambest.com for more information.

Copyright © 2019 by A.M. Best Rating Services, Inc. and/or its affiliates. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190313005508/en/

CONTACT: Asha Attoh-Okine

Associate Director,

Insurance-Linked Securities

+1 908 439 2200, ext.5716

asha.attoh-okine@ambest.comWai Tang

Director,

Insurance-Linked Securities

+1 908 439 2200, ext.5633

wai.tang@ambest.comEmmanuel Modu

Managing Director,

Insurance-Linked Securities

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5356

emmanuel.modu@ambest.comChristopher Sharkey

Manager, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5159

christopher.sharkey@ambest.comJim Peavy

Director, Public Relations

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5644

james.peavy@ambest.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES EUROPE NORTH AMERICA NEW JERSEY

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES REIT BANKING FINANCE INSURANCE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE

SOURCE: AM Best

Copyright Business Wire 2019.

PUB: 03/13/2019 10:48 AM/DISC: 03/13/2019 10:48 AM

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190313005508/en