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Allianz earnings and dividend disappoint, shares down

Published February 26, 2015 - 9:21am CST

(Reuters) — German insurer Allianz S.E. raised its dividend less than expected after earnings in its core property/casualty insurance businesses lagged and asset management stalled following client defections at its U.S. unit Pimco.

E.U. watchdog to aid insurers' infrastructure investment

Published February 04, 2015 - 11:35am CST

(Reuters) — The E.U.'s insurance watchdog wants to help insurers make safe investments in infrastructure projects as politicians encourage them to invest to help boost Europe's struggling economy.

AirAsia's insurers see 'no problems' with claims: Indonesia regulator

Published January 06, 2015 - 9:41am CST

(Reuters) — Insurers have begun processing claims in the crash of an Indonesia AirAsia aircraft last month and hope to identify the beneficiaries by the end of January, an official from Indonesia's financial regulator said Tuesday.

Third aviation disaster of 2014 could result in higher insurance rates

By: Matthew Lerner

Published January 04, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The third major commercial aviation disaster of 2014, all of which were reinsured by Allianz S.E., could ultimately result in higher insurance rates.

Allianz lead reinsurer of missing AirAsia plane

Published December 29, 2014 - 8:58am CST

(Reuters) — Allianz S.E. could be exposed to claims of at least $100 million linked to the AirAsia Bhd. jet missing off the Indonesian coast, which would be the third major airline accident it has been exposed to this year.

Involve risk managers early with international corporate acquisitions

By: Judy Greenwald

Published December 09, 2014 - 9:47am CST

SINGAPORE — Problems can arise when there is a delay in bringing risk managers into discussions about international acquisitions, said a speaker at the Pan-Asia Risk & Insurance Management Association's Asian Risk Management Conference.

Cyber attacks, drones increase threats to plane safety: Allianz

Published December 04, 2014 - 9:21am CST

(Reuters) — Cyber attacks and commercial drones pose a growing risk of commercial airplane crashes, a major insurer said, running counter to a long-term decline in fatal accidents and insurance premiums.

E.U. watchdog expects quick action from insurer stress tests

Published December 01, 2014 - 8:45am CST

(Reuters) — The European Union's insurance watchdog said Monday it expected rapid action from insurers and supervisors to address weaknesses in capital and business models it had identified in a series of stress tests.

Allianz shares jump as dividend vow offsets Pimco concerns

Published November 07, 2014 - 10:50am CST

(Reuters) — Shares in Allianz S.E. jumped more than 5% on Friday after the German insurer promised bigger dividend payouts having posted a forecast-beating jump in third-quarter profit.

Insurers, U.K. government working to improve cyber security

By: Sarah Veysey

Published November 05, 2014 - 10:02am CST

LONDON — The U.K. government and a group of leading insurers pledged Wednesday to work together to find ways to better improve cyber security and to develop cyber insurance products and services available for businesses.

International group introduces capital standard formula for insurers

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published October 23, 2014 - 1:56pm CST

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors on Thursday said it has developed the first global insurance capital standard.

Medical evacuation services draw line at flying out Ebola patients

Published October 10, 2014 - 1:37pm CST

(Reuters) — Leading companies offering medical evacuation services are drawing a line at flying Ebola patients out of West Africa for treatment abroad as the cost and the complexities of the deadly epidemic grow.

OFF BEAT: International walkabouts gone wrong

Published October 07, 2014 - 9:28am CST

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Allianz appoints new CEO to take helm in 2015

By: Matthew Lerner

Published October 02, 2014 - 11:54am CST

Allianz S.E. has appointed Oliver Bäte to succeed Michael Diekmann as CEO of the German insurer, effective May 7, 2015, the company said in a statement Thursday.

Allianz CEO likely to get 2 more years

Published September 29, 2014 - 9:52am CST

(Reuters) — Allianz is set to extend the contract of its Chief Executive Michael Diekmann by two years as the German insurer seeks to smooth the turmoil over leadership change at its Pimco subsidiary, a German newspaper reported.

Allianz could face hundreds of billions in outflows on Gross exit: Morningstar

Published September 26, 2014 - 2:54pm CST

(Reuters) — Bill Gross' departure from investment firm Pacific Investment Management Co. L.L.C. could lead investors to pull hundreds of billions of dollars in assets from its parent company, Allianz S.E., and invest them with Janus Capital Group, the rival firm that Mr. Gross is joining, a Morningstar analyst said Friday.

Allianz integrates Fireman’s Fund commercial business to boost U.S. P/C brand

By: Rodd Zolkos

Published September 17, 2014 - 3:56pm CST

The commercial property/casualty insurance business of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. will be integrated into Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty offers cyber risk coverage for Canadian firms

By: Kate Shepherd

Published August 13, 2014 - 1:39pm CST

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty S.E., a unit of Allianz S.E., has launched Allianz Cyber Protect to protect Canadian companies from the risk of data breaches and cyber crime.

Allianz's profit beats forecasts despite problems at Pimco

Published August 08, 2014 - 9:20am CST

(Reuters) — Problems at Allianz S.E.'s U.S. investment firm, Pacific Investment Management Co. L.L.C. persisted in the second quarter as clients defected and margins slipped, posing a challenge for the chief executive of Europe's biggest insurer, who aims to make a record group profit this year.

Allianz to stick with old guard as CEO contract ends

Published August 01, 2014 - 9:02am CST

(Reuters) — Allianz is poised to reappoint Michael Diekmann as chief executive in October, investors believe, possibly delaying tough choices on whether Europe's largest insurer expands its global presence or returns more cash to shareholders.

Allianz, Atrium lead insurance coverage on downed Malaysian Airlines plane

Published July 18, 2014 - 9:51am CST

(Reuters) — Insurance on the Malaysian Airlines plane brought down over Ukraine is likely to pay out quickly, but settling insurance for the loss of 298 lives and other liability could be complex and lengthy.

Insurers struggle to get grip on burgeoning cyber risk market

Published July 14, 2014 - 9:07am CST

(Reuters) — Insurers are eagerly eyeing exponential growth in the tiny cyber coverage market but their lack of experience and skills handling hackers and data breaches may keep their ambitions in check.

German insurers face $887M bill for June storm

Published July 02, 2014 - 9:21am CST

(Reuters) — German insurers are on the hook for about €650 million ($887.2 million) in damage claims from storm "Ela" in early June, which hit northwestern Germany especially hard, an industry body said on Wednesday.

Big insurers may escape regulators' systemic list: Watchdog

Published June 19, 2014 - 9:42am CST

(Reuters) — Global insurers deemed by regulators as likely to destabilize the financial system should they fail could find a way of removing themselves from the list, such as by simplifying themselves, a German watchdog said.

German official calls for compulsory flood insurance

Published June 03, 2014 - 2:03pm CST

(Reuters) — Property owners in Germany should be required to insure against floods and other natural hazards, a senior German government official said Tuesday, seeing this as a way of spreading the cost of disaster cover.

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