New York Department of Financial Services News

New York’s Lawsky Says Punishing Individuals Is Essential to Deterrence

Punishing executives for misconduct at banks is essential to deter wrongdoing on Wall Street, New York’s banking regulator said. “Just damning the entire firm is often times counterproductive,” Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, said …

Lawsky: Regulators’ Stance on Life Insurers’ Captives Leaves Gaping Problem

New York’s financial-services regulator told fellow watchdogs they are failing to address a “gaping regulatory problem” that he said allows life insurers to artificially inflate reserves. There should be tighter rules governing captives, the subsidiaries that some insurers use to …

New York Investigates Mortgage Firm Ocwen’s Insurance Deal

New York’s banking regulator asked Ocwen Financial Corp. for information about an insurance agreement that it says may be designed to funnel fees to an affiliate for minimal work. Benjamin Lawsky, the superintendent of the Department of Financial Services, is …

Apollo’s Life Insurance Unit Athene Holding Said to Be Examined for Caesars Link

Apollo Global Management LLC’s dual stakes in an insurer and the largest operator of U.S. casinos are drawing scrutiny by New York’s top financial regulator, who doesn’t want policyholders exposed to the gambling firm’s debt, a person briefed on the …

New York DFS Issues Bulletin Urging Auto Insurers to Adopt Telematics Programs

New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a bulletin to all New York auto insurers encouraging them to adopt “usage-based insurance” (UBI) programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can install “telematics” devices in their cars that – with the …

N.Y. Calls for More Oversight for Investment Firms’ Acquisitions of Insurers

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has proposed new regulations to oversee private equity and investment firms’ acquisitions of insurance companies, especially acquisitions of annuity companies, in the state. DFS said the proposal to enshrine enhanced policyholder protection …

Catalina Completes Alea Group Holdings (Bermuda) Acquisition

Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd. Has announced that following receipt of regulatory approvals from the Bermuda Monetary Authority and the New York Department of Financial Services it has today completed its acquisition of Alea Group Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd. from FIN Acquisition …

AXA Equitable to Pay New York DFS $20M Fine Over Annuity Changes

New York officials announced AXA Equitable will pay a $20 million fine to the state’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) for violating insurance law related to certain variable annuity products. DFS said its investigation uncovered that AXA made changes to …

N.Y. Regulator Talks About Insurance Markets, 2014 Agenda

A top official from New York State’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently spoke about the state’s property/casualty insurance markets, calling it overall very good but “a bit more of a mixed bag” from a granular level. And it’s shaping …

New York Officials Settle With Markel for College Insurance Refunds

New York officials say they’ve reached a settlement with Markel Insurance Co. that will result in $2.75 million in restitution to college students who were overcharged for insurance. The New York Attorney General’s office and the New York Department of …