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Best Revises Outlook for Union Insurance in United Arab Emirates

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to positive from stable for the issuer credit rating (ICR) of Union Insurance Company P.S.C. (Union) (United Arab Emirates). At the same time, A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of B++ (Good) and the …

A.M. Best Upgrades Rating of Greenlight Reinsurance Ireland

A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “a” from “a-” of Greenlight Reinsurance Ireland Limited. Concurrently, A.M. Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the ICR …

Tropical Storm Heads to Mexico’s Western Coast

With just about a month left in the eastern Pacific’s hurricane season, Mexico is once again the target of a tropical system on its western coast. The latest system, Tropical Storm Vance, was drifting west in the Pacific Ocean with …

Africa Provides Insurers With New Business Opportunities

Global insurance companies are flocking to Africa, where millions of people have started earning enough to afford business cover and protection for their families, said private equity firm LeapFrog Investments. “We’re at an immense inflection point in history where millions of people …

Korean Regulators: Insurers Must Boost Capital to Prepare for Aging Population

South Korea’s insurers have been told by regulators to boost capital to prepare for an aging population, with the United Nations predicting a world-beating average life expectancy of 95.5 years by the end of the century. The Financial Supervisory Service …

German Insurer Uses Phone App to Help Improve Young Driver Safety

Signal Iduna, a German insurance provider, has launched a new car insurance policy through ‘sijox’, its young customer brand. “AppDrive powered by TomTom” uses a smartphone app to provide feedback on driving performance, to help increase road safety awareness for …

Meinschenk Named VP, Sales & Producer Management at CNA Canada

CNA Canada has appointed Paul Meinschenk as vice president of sales & producer management. In this role, Meinschenk is responsible for the development and management of the distribution strategy and sales initiatives to support growth and new profitable products and …

Aviva New Business Growth Driven by Europe and Asia Operations

Aviva plc, the U.K.’s second-biggest insurer by market value, reported a 15 percent rise in new business in the first nine months of the year, driven by its European and Asian operations. The value of new business, a measure of …

Hedge Funds Move Into Catastrophe Reinsurance

Hedge funds are muscling their way into the market to share the cost of cleaning up after natural catastrophes, but skeptics are questioning whether they will stick around ahead of the next “big one” as underwriting returns fall. Hedge funds …

Audi Cars in China Recalled Over Airbags From German Supplier

FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Ltd, a Chinese joint venture of Volkswagen AG, will recall 270,635 Audi cars in China due to an air bag software issue, China’s quality watchdog said. A spokeswoman at Audi China said the airbags were from a German …

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