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Dutch Insurer NN Group Plans to Buy Back Shares Worth $559 Million

NN Group NV, the second-biggest Dutch insurer, said it will buy back as much as 500 million euros ($559 million) of shares over the 12 months from June as it returns excess capital to investors. First-quarter operating profit was little …

Swiss Re’s List of Emerging Risks Range from Blockchain Tech to Human Cyborgs

A fragmented Internet, continued experimentation with monetary policy and another round of economic crises in emerging markets top Swiss Re’s latest roundup of emerging risks to watch out for. Beyond those top three, the reinsurance giant covers everything from human-induced …

Global Financial Leaders Warn About Dangers of Negative Interest Rates

The chorus of global financial leaders warning about the fallout from negative interest rates is getting bigger. Nobuyuki Hirano, president of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., lambasted the Bank of Japan’s negative rates last week for putting banking stability at …

Low Interest Rates, Soft Market Pricing Hit London Market Insurers: Fitch

The negative impact of low interest rates and soft market pricing on London market insurers has been partially offset by low levels of large claims, according to Fitch Ratings in a special report. London market insurers tend to hold a …

‘Great Unwind’ in Debt Financing May Stunt Companies’ Future Growth: Greenberg

Evan Greenberg, the chief executive officer of insurer Chubb Ltd., said companies may find it difficult to obtain financing after central banks have propped up economic growth for years, likening their stimuli to a drug. “We may be at the …

Strong Reinsurer Results Hide Difficult Business Conditions: S&P, Fitch Reports

Weak business conditions in the reinsurance industry are being masked by a low level of catastrophes and a high level of reserve releases, said Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and Fitch Ratings in new reports. “Stripping out these two factors, …

Lloyd’s Profit Drops 30% in 2015 on Weak Prices and Lower Investment Income

Lloyd’s of London reported a 30 percent drop of full-year profit as the world’s largest insurance market was hurt by continued pressure on pricing and the lowest investment returns since at least 2001. Earnings declined to 2.1 billion pounds ($3 …

Generali Q4 Profit Misses Analysts’ Estimates on Life Income; Donnet Named CEO

Assicurazioni Generali SpA’s fourth-quarter profit rose less than some analysts expected on a writedown of its stake in BTG Pactual Group and lower income at its life business. The shares had their biggest decline in more than a month. The …

Update: Munich Re Counters Negative Interest Rates by Boosting Cash Reserves

German reinsurer Munich Re is boosting its cash reserves in the face of the punishing negative interest rates from the European Central Bank, it said on Wednesday. The world’s largest reinsurer is far from alone in seeking alternative investment strategies to counter the near-zero or …

Munich Re Expects Profit Drop in 2016 on Soft Market, Low Interest Rates

Munich Re, the world’s second-biggest reinsurer, expects profit to decline this year as falling prices for its products and low interest rates weigh on investment earnings. The company plans to repurchase 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) of stock before its …