Articles by Suzanne Barlyn

Insurers Pummeled by Car Dealers’ Claims for Hail-Damaged Vehicles

A hailstorm that pounded down on a Subaru dealership in Plano, Texas, barely lasted 30 minutes, but left behind a trail of smashed windows, dented hoods and millions of dollars’ worth of claims for an insurer to cough up. Damage …

Major Cyber Attack Could Cost Global Economy $53 Billion: Lloyd’s

A major, global cyber attack could trigger an average of $53 billion of economic losses, a figure on par with a catastrophic natural disaster such as U.S. Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Lloyd’s of London said in a report on Monday. …

Investor Icahn Eases Demand to Split AIG, Giving New CEO Room to Act

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is backing off his demand to break up insurance giant American International Group Inc., following the company’s sale of assets and hiring of a new chief executive officer, a person familiar with the matter said. Icahn, AIG’s …

New AIG CEO Duperreault Wants to Pursue Acquisitions, Slow Buybacks

American International Group Inc.’s new chief executive Brian Duperreault said on Wednesday the company would likely slow the pace of share buybacks and instead spend on acquisitions. “I’d love to find great additions to the company. I think the important …

Insurers Adapt Terrorism Policies with Loss of Attraction, Violent Acts, Other Coverages

The changing nature of attacks in Western cities has led insurers to offer new policies, from straightforward cover for business lost due to police cordons to more risky compensation for declines in tourism. Terrorism insurance policies were developed after the 9/11 attacks …

FM Global Gets License in Luxembourg to Launch Post-Brexit EU Hub

U.S. commercial property insurer FM Global has been approved to run a European hub in Luxembourg, a move allowing it to issue policies in the European Union and other countries following Britain’s decision to leave the bloc, the company said …

New Bond ETF Rules Expected to Attract Investments from Insurers

BlackRock Inc. expects $300 billion in new money from insurers to flood into the already booming bond exchange-traded fund sector over the next five years, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday, following a move by regulators to adjust some requirements on …

Firms Turn to Kidnap Insurance Policies to Cover Ransomware Losses

Companies without cyber insurance are dusting off policies covering kidnap, ransom and extortion in the world’s political hotspots to recoup losses caused by ransomware viruses such as “WannaCry,” insurers say. Cyber insurance can be expensive to buy and is not …

AIG Picks Hamilton’s Duperreault as CEO

American International Group named Brian Duperreault as its new chief executive officer on Monday, selecting a protege of former CEO Hank Greenberg and an industry veteran known for his turnaround expertise. Duperreault, age 70, is the founder and chief executive …

Many Non-U.S. Firms May Be Uninsured for Recent Ransomware Attack

Many companies outside the United States may not have cover for a recent computer-system attack, leaving them potentially with millions of dollars of losses because there has been relatively little take-up of cyber insurance, insurers say. A massive ransomware worm …