Standard & Poors
This New York-based rating service bases its judgment of insurers on their claims paying ability. The more reliable a carrier is expected to be in covering its policy liabilities, the higher their rating. Weighing such factors as industry-specific risk, management performance, operating efficiency and capitalization, S&P grants companies a letter grade. The grade scale includes AAA (superior financial security; the highest), AA (excellent; highly safe), A (good; more vulnerable to economic change than highly rated companies), BBB (adequate; more exposed to economic change than highly rated companies), BB (adequate, but capacity to meet long-term policies is vulnerable), B (vulnerable), CCC (highly vulnerable), to R (for being subject to regulatory action; the lowest).
June 24, 2011