Kazakhstan News

Ratings Recap: Tokio Marine Pacific, Malaysian Re, Kazakhinstrakh, Ansvar

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘A+’ (Superior) and issuer credit rating of “aa-” of Guam-based Tokio Marine Pacific Insurance Limited (TMPI), both with stable outlooks. The ratings reflect TMPI’s “consistent growth in surplus and dominant …

China’s Economy Set to Pass Japan’s as World’s Second Biggest

China is set to overtake Japan as the world’s second-largest economy in a resurgence that is changing everything from the global balance of military and financial power to how cars are designed. By some measures it has already moved to …

Willis Opens New Kazakhstan Office

Willis Group Holdings announced that it has received official approval from local authorities to open a representative office of Willis Limited in Kazakhstan, the third office Willis has opened in the former Soviet Union, in addition to branches in Russia …

Ratings Roundup: ASSA, Eurasia, Sung Hung Kai Properties

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘A’ (Excellent) and issuer credit rating of “a” of Panama City-based ASSA Compania de Seguros, S.A., both with stable outlooks. The ratings reflect ASSA’s “excellent capitalization, favorable operating results and …

Willis Sees Premium Rates Softening for Mining Industry in 2010

“Rates for Mining Property Damage & Business Interruption (PD/BI) insurance are likely to soften in 2010, but could harden again should this volatile sector experience a catastrophic loss, according to the latest Mining Market Review from Willis Group Holdings. Willis …

Political, Financial Risk Levels Continue High in 2010, Says Aon

Political and financial instability remain a feature of the business landscape as a result of the recession, according to Aon Risk Services, the global risk management and insurance brokerage business of Aon Corp. The company launched its 17th annual Political …

Ratings Recap: Transsib Re, AmerInst

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘B-’ (Fair) and the issuer credit rating of “bb-” of Russia’s OJSC Transsiberian Reinsurance Corporation (Transsib Re), both with positive outlooks. The ratings reflect Transsib Re’s “good business position, weak …

Allianz Names Bauer to Head Europe, Middle East ‘Growth Region’

Allianz annonced that, effective January 1, 2010, Manuel Bauer will be CEO of the new growth region – ‘Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa’ (CEEMA). He succeeds Klaus Junker, former CEO of the New Europe region, who …

Ratings Recap: Cattolica, Ghana Re, Al Ittihad, Grafton, RCHL

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘A’ (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a” of Italy’s Societa Cattolica di Assicurazione – Societa Cooperativa. Both ratings gave negative outlooks. Best said the ratings reflect its “expectation …

Worst of Global Crisis May Be yet to Come Says Head of IMF

The worst of the global economic crisis may be yet to come, International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on Monday. Finance ministers of the Group of Eight nations agreed over the weekend that the global economy was showing encouraging …