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FTC OKs Ace's acquisition of Chubb

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published October 01, 2015 - 2:24pm CST

The Federal Trade Commission has given its approval to Ace Ltd.'s acquisition of Chubb Corp.

Insurance bosses call for collective action on climate change

By: Thomson Reuters

Published October 01, 2015 - 8:20am CST

(Reuters) — Lloyd's of London and other insurers called for collective action to address climate change on Thursday after a report from the U.K. regulator this week highlighted risks to their industry from global warming.

Bank of England considers how to deal with failing insurers better

By: Thomson Reuters

Published September 18, 2015 - 9:30am CST

(Reuters) — The Bank of England is looking at whether better rules are needed to handle failed insurers so their policyholders don't face disruption.

Generali's solvency ratio rises after sale of banking unit

By: Thomson Reuters

Published September 15, 2015 - 11:15am CST

(Reuters) — Italian insurer Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.'s solvency ratio rose to 200% after the sale of its Swiss private banking unit, BSI, the company said as it presses ahead with measures to bolster financial strength ahead of new industry rules.

Tough new capital rules put pressure on Europe's insurers

Published September 03, 2015 - 9:11am CST

(Reuters) — A drop in capital buffers reported by Dutch insurers has raised concern over how well prepared the broader European insurance industry is for revised rules on the amount of money they need to hold in case of market shocks.

Transfer of coverage allowed after corporate restructuring

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published August 21, 2015 - 11:54am CST

Transferring insurance coverage in a merger or acquisition does not require insurer consent, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

Insurers push back on bank-centric rules, international regulations

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published August 02, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Applying regulations meant for banks to insurers could have adverse effects on insurers and their customers, according to speakers at a Capitol Hill briefing on regulatory policy last week.

Premium tax in U.K. set to rise

By: Sarah Veysey

Published August 02, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Raising the tax on insurance premiums paid in the United Kingdom could result in rate increases by insurers and coverage reductions by buyers.

Feds ask AIG for more resolution plan details

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published July 28, 2015 - 3:00pm CST

Federal regulators have asked American International Group Inc. and two other companies to provide more information about their resolution plans.

Oil train insurance minimums in question

By: Donna Mahoney

Published July 28, 2015 - 12:54pm CST

A little more than two years have passed since an unattended runaway train from the now-bankrupt Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. derailed and crashed, spilling oil that caught fire in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, and killing 47 people.

Lifting of Iran sanctions would open insurer market

By: Sarah Veysey

Published July 21, 2015 - 10:24am CST

Insurers are showing an interest in covering Iran risks in the wake of a nuclear deal struck last week between Iran and six world powers, including the United States.

U.K. watchdog to investigate conduct at insurer's Irish arm

Published July 07, 2015 - 8:27am CST

(Reuters) — Britain's accounting watchdog said it would investigate the conduct of individuals who worked for RSA Insurance Ireland in the run-up to its bailout by its British parent.

MetLife accuses U.S. risk panel of secrecy; demands access to records

Published June 29, 2015 - 3:06pm CST

(Reuters) — MetLife Inc. asked a federal judge on Monday to force the U.S. government to hand over 500 pages of confidential records that relate to financial regulators' decision to designate the insurance giant as systemically important.

Captive taxation bill resurrected in the Senate

By: Donna Mahoney

Published June 23, 2015 - 3:29pm CST

A bill reintroduced earlier this month in the U.S. Senate seeks to clarify how captives are taxed.

North Carolina passes legislation to ease captive requirements

By: Jerry Geisel

Published June 22, 2015 - 2:06pm CST

Legislation signed last week by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory will allow the state insurance commissioner to determine the amount of capital and surplus needed for special-purpose captives.

Updated insurance law to bring more clarity to U.K. buyers

By: Sarah Veysey

Published June 21, 2015 - 6:00am CST

LIVERPOOL, England — Updated insurance law will give U.K. buyers greater clarity about their coverage but will create more work for buyers and brokers in presenting risks to underwriters.

Do government backstops help or hinder?

By: Gavin Souter

Published June 21, 2015 - 6:00am CST

NEW YORK — Government participation in the insurance market is a sign of market failure and often creates distortions that have wider economic consequences, according to several leading insurance executives.

London-based insurers get jittery over Britain leaving E.U.

Published June 04, 2015 - 10:40am CST

(Reuters) — Insurers are getting nervous about the possibility Britain may leave the European Union, fearing it would curb their ability to sell policies across the continent and jeopardize years of work on a common regulatory framework.

Insurance industry welcomes U.S. regulatory reform efforts

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published May 24, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Insurer provisions of a wide-ranging proposal to reform the financial services regulatory process are drawing generally favorable reviews from property/casualty insurance industry observers.

Industry lobbyist leaves for insurer leadership post

By: Bob Herman | Modern Healthcare

Published May 21, 2015 - 12:03pm CST

Karen Ignagni, the longtime head of America's Health Insurance Plans, is leaving the industry's lobbying group to become president and CEO of EmblemHealth, an insurer based in New York.

New York insurance overseer to step down

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published May 20, 2015 - 1:02pm CST

Benjamin M. Lawsky will step down as New York's superintendent of financial services late next month, the New York State Department of Financial Services announced Wednesday.

Amtrak's liability for derailment capped

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published May 14, 2015 - 12:41pm CST

Federal law caps Amtrak's liability for Tuesday night's fatal train derailment in Philadelphia to $200 million.

Reform bill would ease 'systemically important' rules for insurers

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published May 12, 2015 - 12:46pm CST

A discussion draft of proposed regulatory reform legislation would require the Financial Stability Oversight Council to be more transparent as it determines whether a non-bank financial institution such as an insurer presents a systemic risk to the nation’s economy.

Congress eyes bank-centric insurer rules

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published May 10, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Critics of the way the Financial Stability Oversight Council designates nonbank financial entities as systemically important financial institutions are welcoming Congress' apparently greater interest in how the council operates.

Vermont to ease captive insurer rules

By: Jerry Geisel

Published May 05, 2015 - 2:12pm CST

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is expected to sign legislation Thursday making a series of changes to the state's captive statute.

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