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Chinese Industrial Firms Will Lead Insurance M&A in 2016, to Grow Beyond Asia

China’s biggest industrial companies want to buy insurers in 2016 as they seek to grow outside Asia as the domestic economy slows and falling insurance rates prompt more firms to do deals, according to Willis Towers Watson Plc. “We’ve been pretty active …

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Cuts Munich Re Stake to 4.6%

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. further reduced its stake in Munich Re as the billionaire investor re-evaluates the attractiveness of the reinsurance market. The holding was trimmed to 4.6 percent from 9.7 percent, Munich Re said in a filing Friday. …

Why Australia’s IAG Decided to Halt China Expansion Plans

When Insurance Australia Group, the country’s largest general insurer, announced ambitious plans in June to ramp up its business in Mainland China, several institutional investors including Jason Kim were seriously concerned. Kim, a portfolio manager at Nikko Asset Management which …

Update: Buffett Cuts Munich Re Shareholding, Responds to Reinsurance Slump

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has cut its stake in Munich Re after lamenting a slump in the reinsurance business. Berkshire’s holding was lowered to 9.7 percent from about 12 percent, Munich Re said in a statement Tuesday, citing a …

Fosun’s Guo to Slow Down Global Buying Spree of Insurers, Banks

Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, who calls himself a student of Warren Buffett, says he will slow down a global buying spree over the next two years after his Fosun Group snapped up insurers, banks and fashion companies at home and …

Third Point Re: ‘It’s Tough Out There’ with Ongoing Influx of Capital Market Capacity

Executives at Dan Loeb’s reinsurer, which is headed for its second-straight annual decline in New York trading, told investors not to count on a quick rebound in the industry as competition intensifies. “It’s tough out there,” Robert Bredahl, Third Point …

A.M. Best: Reinsurance Sector Faces New Reality Shaped by Abundant Capacity

The reinsurance market is operating in a new reality of abundant capacity from traditional and alternative sources, low interest rates and thinner reinsurance margins, driven by intense competition against shrinking demand for reinsurance cover, according to A.M. Best’s annual special …

Troubled Irish Insurers Seek Solvency II Support From Bond Investors, Buffett

Investors hunting for yield after a global financial rout might well take a detour to the headquarters of a tiny insurance company hidden away along a highway in west Dublin. Just as world markets cratered on August 24, troubled Irish …

How Google Is Becoming 21st Century Berkshire Hathaway

Google Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Page speaks affectionately of fellow billionaire Warren Buffett’s approach to business. With the decision to restructure the Internet-search giant, Page is putting Buffett’s influence into practice. Page on Monday said he’s restructuring Google so …

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” …