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Investment Return Moves up Boardroom Agenda for Europe Insurers: A.M. Best

The pursuit of improved investment returns has become more important for European insurers after a lengthy period when their attention was more focused on non-investment sources of profit, according to a report published by A.M. Best. How an insurer might …

Vienna Insurance Misses 2014 Profit Estimates on $85 Million Heta Writedown

Vienna Insurance Group AG wrote down debt of Austrian “bad bank” Heta Asset Resolution AG by 80 million euros ($85 million), a larger amount than expected, causing the firm to miss estimates for profit last year. The insurer, based in …

A.M. Best: European Reinsurers Report Strong Results, Growth Limited

Major European reinsurers have posted very strong full-year results for 2014 and continue to be well capitalized, with profitable underwriting results due to the absence of sizable natural catastrophes and ongoing reserve releases. Nevertheless, reinsurers face challenges as soft market …

Ping An Profit Jumps 40% in 2014 on Strong Investment Returns

Ping An Insurance (Group) Co., China’s second-biggest insurer, rose to the highest in more than four years in Hong Kong stock trading on Thursday after it said profit jumped 40 percent last year. The shares advanced 4.6 percent to HK$92.60 as …

Asia’s Top-Performing Hedge Fund Bullish About China Insurers

Asia’s top-performing hedge fund is holding on to yuan shares of Chinese insurance and utilities companies, even after the Shanghai Composite Index surged 53 percent in 2014. Monetary easing in China will help bolster investment-linked insurance sales and make the dividend yields of …

Buffett’s Berkshire Reinsures Irish State Health Claims as Population Ages

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. will reinsure about €700 million ($930 million) in claims for Ireland’s state health insurer, which is seeking to stem losses and its burden on taxpayers, as the population ages. Vhi Healthcare and Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire …

How Low Interest Rates Challenge Insurers and Affect Pricing

Property/casualty insurers say that principal preservation and total return are the most important objectives of their companies’ portfolio management, yet when asked about their satisfaction level with these two investment goals, their responses diverge.  In a survey of P/C carriers’ …

Helping Banks is Hurting Insurance Industry Geneva Association Tells G20

In an open letter The Geneva Association directly addressed the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the G-20 before their meeting in Cannes, France. It pointed out that amidst all of the concerns over the global economy in general, …

Insurers Seek Investment Alternatives as Interest Rates, Pricing Lag

Insurers do not expect interest rates to rise materially in the next year or so, leading them to look for alternatives to improve returns and manage risk, the head of the world’s largest asset manager for insurance companies said Tuesday. …