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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 …

Update: Hannover Re Weighs Higher Dividend After Record 2015 Earnings

German reinsurer Hannover Re will focus on boosting earnings rather than premiums this year and may pay out more special dividends to shareholders, Chief Executive Ulrich Wallin said on Thursday. The world’s third largest reinsurer posted record 2015 net profit of 1.15 …

Europe’s Insurers Turn to Risky Property Investments, in Hunt for Better Returns

Traditionally conservative European insurers and pension funds are turning increasingly to risky property bets on everything from new homes in provincial Britain to car parks at Brussels airport, as they feel the pinch from rock-bottom interest rates. While much is …