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Fairfax Financial to Benefit From its Acquisition of Brit plc: Moody’s Report

The proposed acquisition of Brit plc by Fairfax Financial Holdings is “credit positive” for Fairfax, according to Moody’s, which noted that the deal will significantly boost Fairfax’s underwriting capacity at Lloyd’s in a recently published report. Also citing the benefits …

China’s Draft Counter-Terrorism Law Alarms Foreign Technology Firms

China is weighing a far-reaching counter-terrorism law that would require technology firms to hand over encryption keys and install security “backdoors,” a potential escalation of what some firms view as the increasingly onerous terms of doing business in the world’s …

Old Mutual’s Full-Year Profit Falls 8% on Currency Fluctuations

Old Mutual plc, Africa’s biggest insurer, said 2014 profit fell after the average rate of the South African rand weakened 18 percent against the pound. Net income from continuing operations declined to 902 million pounds ($1.39 billion) from 980 million pounds …

Study Finds Cooler Pacific Slowing Global Warming – Temporarily

A natural cooling of the Pacific Ocean has contributed to slow global warming in the past decade but the pause is unlikely to last much longer, U.S. scientists said on Thursday. The slowdown in the rate of rising temperatures, from …

A.M. Best: New UAE Regulations Should Improve Risk Profile of Insurers

The Insurance Authority (IA) of the United Arab Emirates recently issued new financial regulations, which are well placed to improve the risk profile and policyholder security of UAE insurers, according to A.M. Best in a special report titled “A.M. Best …

XL Expects Increased Oversight From Global Regulators After Catlin Deal

XL Group plc, the insurer that agreed to buy Catlin Group Ltd. for about $4 billion, said it faces a risk label after the deal that could lead to increased oversight from global regulators. “Following the completion of the proposed acquisition …

2014 Insured Losses Hit Lowest Level in Five Years: Guy Carpenter

Insured losses in 2014 were at the lowest level seen since 2009, according to Guy Carpenter’s annual Global Catastrophe Review. The report says that significant insured losses in 2014 totaled approximately USD33 billion, a dramatic drop when compared to the …

Hong Kong-Based AIA Group Beats Estimates With 22% Jump in Profit

AIA Group Ltd., the third-largest Asia-based insurer by market value, posted a bigger-than-expected 22 percent increase in full-year profit, led by business growth in China and Hong Kong. Net income climbed to $3.45 billion, or 28.73 cents a share, in …

Global Atlantic Appoints Cai as Chief Risk Officer

Bermuda-based Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited has appointed Peter Cai, Ph.D., as Chief Risk Officer (CRO). A move, which the company said, “enhances risk management functions throughout the enterprise,” as it “experiences continued growth.” Dr. Cai will report directly to …

RSA’s Restores 2014 Profit and Dividend; CFO Plans to Step Down

RSA Insurance Group plc reported its first full-year profit since Stephen Hester took charge, restoring dividends after a string of asset sales and cost-cutting measures. Pretax profit was 275 million pounds [$425.9 million], compared with a loss of 244 million pounds …

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