Insurers News

Court: California City May Proceed With Bankruptcy

A U.S. federal judge on Monday approved the city of Stockton’s petition for bankruptcy in a case that sets the stage for a lengthy battle between bondholders and the California pension system. In a case being studied by other cash-strapped …

Double-Digit Returns Absent From Year-End, 2013 Financial Forecasts

Although analysts following the property/casualty insurance industry expect underwriting results for 2012 to be better than 2011 when full-year numbers are tallied, double-digit overall returns-on-equity are still not visible on the near-term horizon, they say. Industry analysts who supplied combined …

Fitch Downgrades Argentine Insurers Ratings after Sovereign Downgrade

Fitch Ratings has downgraded the long-term National Scale ratings of 12 insurance companies in Argentina, and has also revised the companies’ rating outlooks to negative from stable. Fitch said it took the rating actions following its Nov. 27 downgrade of …

Insurer Says It Won’t Cover Armed Arizona Posse

An insurance pool that covers sheriff’s volunteers in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties is changing its policies to exclude an armed volunteer posse that the state’s second most famous sheriff plans to deploy to scan the desert for smugglers. Following …

Verisk Insurance Solutions Enhances Foreclosure Alert Product

Verisk Insurance Solutions – Underwriting, a unit of Verisk Analytics has added an enhancement to its Foreclosure Alert that identifies  if a property has previously been in foreclosure at the point of sale. Foreclosure Alert provides actionable information to help …

Global Federation of Insurance Associations Launched

Thirty-one of the world’s most important insurance associations, who represent 87 per cent of worldwide insurance business, formally established the Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) on October 9. Members include the American Insurance Association (AIA), Property Casualty Insurers Association …

Brokers Report Keen Direct Line Interest; But Some Investors Wary

Stockbrokers involved in the planned stock market listing of British insurer Direct Line reported good interest from private investors in London’s first big retail share offering for six years, although some potential investors are unconvinced. “The appetite has been really …

EU Insurers’ Capital Charges May be Cut to Boost Loans

Capital charges for insurers in the European Union could be cut to encourage lending for long-term projects and help boost the flagging economy, the bloc’s executive body said in a high profile policy shift. The European Commission has written to …

AAIS Releases New Policy Forms for Insuring Infrastructure

The American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS) has released a series of new policy forms, endorsements, and corresponding schedules for covering public or private infrastructure facilities. The forms were recently released under the miscellaneous forms section of the AAIS Inland …

Bank Group Warns of Heightened Risk of Cyber Attacks

A financial services industry group warned U.S. banks, brokerages and insurers on Wednesday to be on heightened alert for cyber attacks after Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase experienced unexplained outages on their public websites. The Financial Services Information Sharing …