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UPDATE: Tianjin Blast Claims Could Top Estimates, Strain Chinese Insurers

Insurance claims from the devastating explosions at the Chinese port of Tianjin last week could exceed initial estimates and strain the finances of regional insurers, credit ratings agency Fitch said on Tuesday. Credit Suisse analysts estimated that total insurance losses …

Ireland’s FBD: Solvency Rule Program on Track as CEO Quits Unexpectedly

FBD Holdings plc said its plans to meet new solvency rules next year are on track as the Irish insurer struggles to return to profit and Andrew Langford unexpectedly quit as chief executive officer last week. Dublin-based FBD said it’s “no different” …

Zurich Insurance’s Investors Grow Impatient with CEO Senn’s Strategy

Martin Senn, Zurich Insurance Group AG’s chief executive officer, is considering a bid for RSA Insurance Group plc, one of the U.K.’s biggest insurers, after a cost-cutting program failed to revive returns for shareholders. Investors including GAM Holding AG are cautious about …

AXA Enters Exclusive Negotiations to Sell Portuguese Operations

AXA announced it has entered exclusive negotiations with Ageas for the potential sale of AXA’s Portuguese operations. These operations include AXA’s entire stake in AXA Portugal Companhia de Seguros SA (P&C business), AXA Portugal Companhia de Seguros de Vida SA (life …

RSA Reports 84% Jump in 1st Half Operating Profit    

RSA Insurance Group plc, the subject of a potential takeover bid by Zurich Insurance Group AG, reported a jump in first-half profit that beat analyst estimates and restored the interim dividend. Operating profit rose 84 percent to 259 million pounds [$395.2 million], London-based RSA …

UPDATE: Allianz 2nd Quarter Profit Rises 15% on Fewer Nat Cat Claims

Allianz SE, Europe’s biggest insurer, said second-quarter profit rose 15 percent as lower claims from natural catastrophes offset a drop in earnings at Pacific Investment Management Co. Net income increased to 2.02 billion euros ($2.2 billion) from 1.76 billion euros …

Zurich Q2 Net Income Falls to $840M From $848M; CEO Weighs RSA Offer

Zurich Insurance Group AG, the Swiss firm considering a bid for the UK’s RSA Insurance Group plc, reported profit that missed analysts estimates as earnings dropped 43 percent at the general insurance unit and it made a loss on unit-linked investments. Net income in …

New Regulatory Guidance Affects Insurers, Producers

Producers, brokers and insurers are all targeted by cyber attackers looking for personal identifiable information (PII) that can be used to open fraudulent credit cards. To protect PII, in April the Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force of the National Association of …

What Insurers Want to Know When Considering Wearable Devices

In a recent blog on the subject, Mark Breading, a partner at SMA, weighed whether wearables would hurt or benefit insurers. He provided some key questions insurers should consider in developing wearables strategy. They include: • Will data derived from …

How the Insurance Industry Is Using Google Glass

Improved customer service may be just one benefit insurers could see by using Google Glass in their operations. Michael Clifton, vice president of Insurance for Cognizant, described some of the benefits in the company’s white paper last year, “Google Glass: …