A report from Moody's Investors Service reiterates that the rating agency’s expectations of the likelihood of government support for insurers remain unchanged, despite the global financial crisis and the government support afforded to some companies, and that its ratings will continue to emphasize intrinsic financial strength.
"Moody's Insurance Ratings Emphasize Intrinsic Financial Strength; No General Presumption of Government Support" details Moody's approach to evaluating the likelihood of government support for insurers and in particular reviewing the experience of the last few years. It also covers the instances in which government support has been provided to various insurers during the global financial crisis, and concludes that it was motivated in such instances by concerns which went beyond those centered on the industry.
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