Germany News

French & German Floods to Hit Insurers’ Earnings but Not Ratings: A.M. Best

The earnings of French and German insurers during the first half of 2016 will be dampened by flood claims following storms Elvira and Friederike, which pounded the countries in quick succession between late May and early June, according to a …

Update: German Flood Claims Estimated at $1.1B, Says Fitch Ratings

Insurers will face higher-than-expected claims related to floods in Germany, according to Fitch Ratings, dealing another blow to an industry squeezed by low interest rates and decreasing prices for policies. Claims linked to torrential rain, thunderstorms and floods that hit …

Update: Flash Floods Hit SE Germany, Killing at Least 8; AIR Worldwide Comments

Torrential rain, thunderstorms and flash floods that have inundated towns in southeastern Germany in recent days took the death toll to at least eight as forecasters warned of continuing severe weather spreading northward and westward into France. Five people drowned …

Allianz Teams with Volkswagen, Bayer and BASF in Anti-Hacking Venture

The German car giant that gave the world the Beetle may soon help you fend off cyber criminals. Volkswagen AG teamed with insurer Allianz SE, medical company Bayer AG and chemicals producer BASF SE to sell information-technology security services to firms in …

Germany’s Talanx Invests in Renewable Energy to Counter Low Interest Rates

Talanx AG, the German insurance company buying into its first offshore wind farm, said it’s likely to purchase more renewable-energy assets. The insurer sees renewables as offering “long-term, bigger yields than from assets such as state bonds,” Chief Financial Officer Immo Querner …

XL Catlin Forms New Leadership Team for Germany

XL Catlin has announced a new insurance leadership team for Germany. The integration process is now well underway across XL Catlin, with the company maintaining a strong focus on bringing together and retaining its top talent throughout its global operations, …

ACE Offers New D&O Products in Germany; Dünkeloh Named Financial Lines Mgr.

ACE Group has launched two new D&O insurance products and has appointed a new financial lines manager in Germany, as it continues to respond to the rapidly evolving management liability cover needs of companies in Europe’s biggest economy. ACE D&O …

UPDATE: Allianz 2nd Quarter Profit Rises 15% on Fewer Nat Cat Claims

Allianz SE, Europe’s biggest insurer, said second-quarter profit rose 15 percent as lower claims from natural catastrophes offset a drop in earnings at Pacific Investment Management Co. Net income increased to 2.02 billion euros ($2.2 billion) from 1.76 billion euros …

Allianz to Shrink German Branch Network; Hit by Low Interest Rates

Allianz SE, Europe’s biggest insurer, said it will shrink its administrative branch network in Germany as low interest rates and regulatory demands hurt industry profitability. About 360 jobs, or about 1 percent of employees in Germany, will be affected, mainly …

Talanx Q4 Profit Rose 17% on Measures to Restructure German Retail Division

Talanx AG, Germany’s third-biggest insurer, said fourth-quarter profit rose 17 percent helped by investment gains as it sought to restructure its German retail division. Net income increased to 239 million euros ($259 million) from 203 million euros a year earlier, the …