Articles by Michelle F. Davis, Zachary Tracer and Katherine Chiglinsky

Harvard’s Gawande Chosen to Lead Berkshire-Amazon-JPMorgan Health Initiative

Atul Gawande, a surgeon and journalist who has written extensively about the U.S. failure to grapple with rising healthcare spending, has been named to head a new health venture for Amazon.com Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. …

No Reason for Insurer Panic Over Amazon… Yet

As the largest U.S. insurers gathered at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square to discuss the prospects for their industry, a threat to that future emerged from the nation’s other coast. Amazon.com Inc., the e-commerce behemoth, is reportedly considering …

After Tax Cuts, Insurers Shy Away from Muni-Bonds

Some of the biggest U.S. insurers reduced their holdings of state and local government bonds after the corporate tax cut took effect this year, marking a retreat by a key buyer in the $3.9 trillion municipal-securities market. The disclosures, made …

Investor Icahn Opposes AmTrust Plan to Go Private

AmTrust Financial Services Inc. jumped almost 12 percent in late trading Thursday after billionaire Carl Icahn disclosed a stake in the company and said he planned to oppose its plans to go private. “I am strongly against the proposed going-private …

AXA Raises $2.75 Billion in Year’s Biggest IPO

U.S. initial public offerings have the seismic changes in the insurance industry to thank for 2018’s biggest share sale. Axa Equitable Holdings Inc. sold 137.25 million shares at $20 each on Wednesday to raise $2.75 billion. That’s well short of …

Buffett Not Eager for Berkshire to Be Cyber Insurance Leader

Warren Buffett said he doesn’t want Berkshire Hathaway Inc. being a leader on cyber insurance because neither he nor others in the industry really know the risk. “I don’t think we or anybody else really knows what they’re doing when …

New Accounting Rule Could Serve Up Surprises at Buffet’s Berkshire Annual Meet

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. investors should get ready for a bumpy ride. Warren Buffett’s company is scheduled to report earnings Saturday morning before its annual meeting, and a new accounting rule could sink results. Berkshire is now required to report unrealized …

From Bermuda to Switzerland, Reinsurers Lure Variety of Potential Investors

The $500 billion reinsurance industry is experiencing a flurry of deal talks. One reason: Companies are finally for sale as a rash of natural disasters has depressed valuations and a influx of competitors has made it harder to raise rates. …

AIG’s Dealmaker CEO Duperreault Says Validus ‘Fits Like a Glove’

American International Group Inc. is getting bigger again. Eight months after Chief Executive Officer Brian Duperreault took over and began to undo his predecessor’s retrenchment strategy, the company announced a $5.56 billion, all-cash deal to purchase Bermuda reinsurer Validus Holdings …

AIG to Buy Bermuda Reinsurer Validus for $5.6B in Cash, Reversing Retrenchment

Eight months after Chief Executive Officer Brian Duperreault took over and began to undo his predecessor’s retrenchment strategy, the company announced a $5.56 billion, all-cash deal to purchase Bermuda reinsurer Validus Holdings Ltd., its largest standalone acquisition in 17 years. …