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European Insurers Shifting Investments Into Loan Market, Acting Like Banks: Moody’s

European insurers such as Allianz SE and Axa SA are shifting investments into the loan market, taking business from banks that are being forced to increase capital and meet tougher regulations, Moody’s Investors Service said. The insurance companies are moving …

New Global Ratings Agency to Vie with Moody’s, S&P, Fitch

Credit ratings organisations from five countries are launching a new global agency, touting it as an alternative to the Big Three agencies which they say no longer meet the needs of the new globalised world. In a statement on Tuesday, …

Moody’s: China’s P/C Insurers to Benefit from Shanghai Free Trade Zone

The new Shanghai free trade zone should benefit property/casualty insurers, particularly those in marine/cargo and liability insurance, according to Moody’s Credit Outlook. On Sept. 29, the date that Shanghai’s municipal government’s launched its free trade zone, the China Insurance Regulatory …

Moody’s: Moderate Reserve Releases in U.S. P/C Industry to Continue

U.S. property and casualty (P/C) insurers continue to release reserves to support earnings, said Moody’s Investors Service in two recent reports. U.S. P/C insurers released $9.0 billion of reserves during the first six months of 2013, with a significant portion …

Capital Growth Outpaced P/C Premiums In 2012: Moody’s

Moody’s Investor’s Service reported that the property/casualty insurance industry’s capital growth outpaced premium growth last year, and that earnings for the year jumped nearly 50 percent over 2011. “Capital adequacy remains solid,” the firm said in a report said, noting …

P/C Insurers’ Loss Reserves Continue to Surprise Analysts

Analysts at two rating agencies, Fitch and Moody’s, believe property/casualty insurers’ prior-year loss reserve takedowns will continue to outpace reserve additions in 2013. The analysts spoke about P/C industry reserving trends as they reviewed their year-end outlooks and 2013 forecasts …

Court Finds Rating Agencies Not Liable on Toxic Mortgages

Major credit rating agencies won a fresh legal victory on Monday when a federal appeals court rejected a lawsuit by Ohio pension funds that sought to recoup millions of dollars of losses on risky mortgage debt they said were based …

Is Long-Term Care Insurance Dying?

Poor results in the long-term care insurance sector have led many providers to exit the market, leaving its future uncertain, Moody’s Investors Service says in a new report. The report, “Long-Term Care Insurance: Sector Profile,” says that despite the need …

Moody’s Maintains Stable Outlook on Global Reinsurance Industry

Moody’s Investors Service has maintained a stable outlook for the global reinsurance industry. Moody’s said the outlook “expresses our expectations for the fundamental credit conditions in the industry over the next 12 to 18 months.” It also “acknowledges the industry’s …

Moody’s Changes EU Rating Outlook to Negative

Moody’s Investors Service has changed its outlook on the ‘Aaa’ rating of the European Union to negative, warning it might downgrade the bloc if it decides to cut the ratings on the EU’s four biggest budget backers: Germany, France, UK …