Articles by Mark Hollmer

AmTrust Denies Knowledge of FBI Accounting Probe; Touts New Financial Team

AmTrust Financial saw its stock price plunge nearly 19 percent Tuesday following a Wall Street Journal report alleging a 2014 FBI investigation of its accounting practices. The New York-based insurance company denied knowledge of any investigation and has tried to move on from …

Expect Another Active M&A Year with Tech Gaining Interest, Says Conning

Signs point to 2017 being another year of “robust” mergers and acquisitions, thanks in part to a number of ongoing industry trends and a current government climate that show no sign of letting up, Conning said in a new report. …

Slice Labs Testing Pay-Per-Use Insurance App with Rideshare Drivers

Insurance tech startup Slice Labs has created a pay-per-use rideshare insurance app and is now testing the technology with a select set of rideshare drivers. Plans call for testing the technology and algorithms with a group of 50 people “in multiple …

Departing AIG CEO Gets No Bonus But Will Get $5 Million to Stay Until Successor Arrives

Peter Hancock is getting $5 million in cash to stay on as American International Group’s chief executive officer while the board searches for his replacement. But the insurer’s departing president and CEO will forgo his bonus, according to recent regulatory …

Amica Mutual Downgraded by A.M. Best Citing Increasing Catastrophe Losses, Auto Claims

Amica Mutual Insurance Co. no longer has a perfect financial strength rating from A.M. Best. More catastrophe losses and worsening automobile insurance claims severity are both to blame. Specifically, an A+ (Superior) financial strength rating (FSR), down from A++(Superior), now …

P/C Insurers Enroute to Posting Underwriting Loss for 2016: A.M. Best

The U.S. property/casualty industry will likely post a small underwriting loss for 2016 after three previous years of underwriting profits, A.M. Best said in a new report. A.M. Best’s report appears in line with a another analysis that noted the …

Insurity Acquires Valen Analytics

Valen Analytics has been acquired by Insurity, a Connecticut-based company that supplies software, data processing and analytics for property/casualty insurers. Neither side disclosed financial terms. Valen is perhaps best known for its InsureRight Platform and its predictive analytic products designed …

China’s Cyber Security Law Could Hamper Foreign Business: P/C Industry Reps

China’s new wide-ranging cyber security law is drawing some serious apprehension from the U.S. property/casualty insurance industry. Trade associations and experts alike caution that it will create business obstacles in the world’s second-largest economy. “Most insurers already find China a …

Startup Auto Insurer Root Targets Good Drivers with Smartphones

Root officially debuted in the U.S. market on October 25. The fledgling auto insurer, just 18 months old, relies on telematics and a customer’s smartphone to deliver what it says will be significantly cheaper rates for the best drivers based …

Allstate, Esurance Take Hit from Losses in Q3

Catastrophe losses climbed 78 percent for Allstate in its 2016 third quarter, a trend that led to a double-digit drop in net income and higher losses for Esurance, its online auto and home insurance provider. The property/casualty insurance giant reported …