Aviva News

Canada’s Desjardins Aims to Buy P/C Insurers: CEO Cormier

Desjardins Group is looking to acquire insurers, wealth managers and payments firms to expand further outside Quebec and challenge the dominance of Canada’s big financial services firms, Chief Executive Officer Guy Cormier said. Cormier, who oversees North America’s largest financial co-operative, …

UK’s Aviva Buys Remaining 50% Share in Vietnam Joint Venture

Aviva plc has acquired VietinBank’s entire 50 percent shareholding in its life insurance joint venture VietinBank Aviva Life Insurance Ltd. Aviva also has signed a new distribution agreement with VietinBank to sell life and health insurance products through VietinBank’s network …

UK’s Aviva Eyes Sale of Friends Provident Int’l Unit for $500M-$700M: Source

Aviva Plc is exploring a sale of its Friends Provident International unit, which offers life assurance and investment products, in a deal that could raise between $500 million and $700 million, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. …

Opinion: Why Is Zurich Seeking Shareholder Permission to Raise Money?

Zurich Insurance Group AG wants more freedom from its shareholders to raise money quickly. That’s odd. Switzerland’s largest insurer has no capital hole that needs filling. The move suggests newish CEO Mario Greco may be concerned about missing out on …

Technology Is Ultimate Savior of Insurance Industry: Opinion

Insurance companies are running out of ideas. They’ve bolstered their balance sheets since the financial crisis but have few racy growth prospects in a world of low interest rates, pricing pressure and regulatory hassles. Big mergers may be the most …

EU Solvency II Rules Need ‘Tweaks,’ Not Overhaul: Bank of England

EU capital rules for insurers need some tweaks but are not a deterrent to investment in infrastructure as some insurers’ claim, the Bank of England said on Wednesday. Officials from Aviva and Legal & General, two of Britain’s biggest insurers …

Aviva to Reopen Property Fund It Suspended After Brexit Vote Turmoil

Aviva Investors, the fund arm of insurer Aviva, plans to reopen the UK property fund it was forced to suspend during the market turmoil which followed Britain’s vote to leave the European Union in June. British funds worth around 18 …

UK’s Aviva to Hire JPMorgan’s Singh to Head Global M&A, Source Says

Aviva Plc hired Chetan Singh, a managing director at JPMorgan Chase & Co., to head its mergers and acquisitions globally as the British insurer scouts for deals outside its home market. Singh, who led dealmaking for financial institutions in Southeast …

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) Leads Motorists to Check Social Media While Driving

Social media and FOMO (fear of missing out) could be putting road-users at risk, as motorists admit to checking social networking sites and reading messages on their phones while driving, according to UK insurer Aviva. A poll of 1,565 drivers* …

UK Insurers Aviva and RSA Report Higher H1 Profits, Shrug Off Brexit Fallout

Insurers Aviva Plc and RSA Insurance Group Plc shrugged off any fallout from the Brexit referendum by reporting higher first-half profit and increasing shareholder payouts. The shares rallied in London trading. Aviva, the U.K.’s second-largest insurer, posted a 13 percent …