Major AM Best Milestones

AM Best opinions matter…we are the benchmark for the world’s insurance industry. View our extended chronology to learn more.

  • Alfred M. Best

    Our Founder's Vision...1899

    "... There should be some place where anyone interested...could obtain a reliable report upon the financial condition and operating methods of insurance companies."
    - Alfred M. Best

  • Alfred M. Best


      Introduced the first list of ratings of property and casualty insurance companies.

  • 1928

    Introduced the first ratings of life insurance companies in a new life insurance edition of Best's Key Rating Guide.

  • 1997

      Established a London-based subsidiary, now known as A.M. Best Europe – Rating Services Limited and A.M. Best Europe – Information Services Limited.

  • Impacting the Industry...2005

      A.M. Best Rating Services Inc. is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO). Our analysis is steeped in decades of experience, relationships and communication with insurers.

  • Shaping the Future... 120 years later

      AM Best is dedicated to encouraging a financially strong industry through the prevention and detection of insurer insolvency; bolstering the general public's faith in insurance companies.

      View Video