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Finaccord Reports on Bancassurance in Global Markets

A new report from UK based market research, publishing and consulting firm Finaccord notes that “emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America offer the most growth potential for bancassurers but the magnitude and nature of opportunities vary greatly …

India’s Battered Insurers May Need More than Foreign Investment

India’s proposal to allow more foreign investment in its $41 billion insurance business provides a lifeline for an industry starved of capital and squeezed by regulation – but it may not pass parliament and it may not be enough. India’s …

ABI Issues Guidance for Impending ‘Gender-neutral’ Insurance Pricing

With three months to go until the European Court of Justice ban on insurers taking a person’s gender into account when calculating premiums and benefits, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has published guidance for consumers. “Gender has always been …

ING Sees Quick Sales in Asian Insurance Break-up

Dutch banking and insurance group ING now expects a quick sale of parts of its $7 billion Asian insurance business as it seeks to repay state aid and meet European requirements for its 2008 state bail-out, its chief executive said …

AIG’s SunAmerica to Acquire Woodbury Financial Services from The Hartford

American International Group announced that its life and retirement business, SunAmerica Financial Group, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement with The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. to acquire Woodbury Financial Services, Inc., an independent broker-dealer. Once the transaction is finalized, …

Bid Deadline Nears for ING’s Asia Insurance Business

A wide range of suitors, from the son of Asia’s richest man and a former rugby player in New Zealand to more established players including AIA Group and Manulife Financial Corp, are expected to submit binding bids on Monday for …

Blackstone Backs ex-AIA Chief in ING Asia Sale Race: Source

Global private equity fund Blackstone Group LP is backing Mark Wilson, the former chief of AIA Group Ltd, in the bidding for ING Groep NV’s Asia insurance unit, a source directly familiar with the matter said. The consortium led by …

Best Affirms, Upgrades SCOR’s No. American Subs Ratings; Outlook Stable

Following its rating actions on the parent company, France’s SCOR SE, A.M. Best has upgraded the issuer credit ratings (ICR) to “a+” from “a” and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A’ (Excellent) of the group’s non-life North American …

Best Upgrades SCOR & Subs Credit Ratings; Affirms Financial Ratings

A.M. Best Europe – Ratings Services Limited has upgraded the issuer credit ratings (ICR) to “a+” from “a” and affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A’ (Excellent) of French reinsurer SCOR SE and its main subsidiaries. Best  also upgraded …

MAPFRE Highlights 19.3% 2010 Latin American Insurance Market Growth

A report from the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE, which analyzed 19 Latin American countries, concludes that the Latin American insurance market “achieved in 2010 a 19.3 percent rise in premium volumes compared to the preceding year, reaching €91.370 billion [$120.15 billion], confirming …