Best’s Commentary: Adverse Economic Environment Driving Significant Unrealised Losses in European Insurers’ Investment Portfolios

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AMSTERDAM, August 09, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rising interest rates, widening spreads and volatile equity markets have contributed to significant unrealised losses in European insurers’ balance sheets, according to analysts at insurance credit rating agency AM Best.

In a new Best’s Commentary, "Adverse Economic Environment Driving Significant Unrealised Losses in Insurers' Investment Portfolios," analysts monitoring European insurers’ mid-year 2022 results state that it is becoming increasingly apparent that large unrealised losses have been incurred on their investment portfolios. They attribute these losses to the combined effects of rising interest rates, widening credit spreads and volatile market performance, which have led to a decrease in the market values of investments.

Going forward, AM Best will continue to monitor the impact of the current economic environment on insurers and provide further commentary as deemed appropriate.

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