Articles by Matthew Monks

Allstate Reported to Be Weighing Sale of Fixed-Annuities Business

Allstate Corp., the automobile and home-insurance giant, is exploring a sale of its fixed-annuities business, which stopped selling new policies about five years ago, people familiar with the matter said. The insurer is working with financial advisers to seek buyers …

France’s AXA to Acquire P/C Insurer XL Group for $15.3 Billion

AXA SA agreed to buy XL Group Ltd. for $15.3 billion in cash, seeking to capture a bigger slice of the U.S. property and casualty market as premiums rise after last year’s natural disasters. The French insurer is paying $57.60 …

XL Group Attracts Interest from Allianz, Other Rivals as Potential Buyers

Bermuda-based insurer XL Group Ltd. is attracting interest from rivals including Allianz SE of Germany, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Interest from insurers in potentially acquiring XL, which had a market value of almost $10 billion at …

Alliant, USI in Running to Acquire Wells Fargo Insurance

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has emerged as the front-runner to buy Wells Fargo & Co.’s insurance business, people familiar with the matter said. The San Francisco-based bank could announce a sale of its Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA brokerage within …

Wells Fargo Weighing Sale of Insurance Brokerage Business: Bloomberg

Wells Fargo & Co. is weighing a sale of its insurance brokerage business, which could fetch about $2 billion, people familiar with the matter said. The San Francisco-based lender has begun reaching out to private equity firms to gauge interest …

Hamilton’s Duperreault Among Candidates Being Considered as AIG CEO

American International Group Inc. is weighing a plan to hire Brian Duperreault as the company’s seventh chief executive officer since 2005, according to people familiar with the board’s deliberations. Other candidates are still being considered as the board seeks a …

White Mountain’s OneBeacon Reported to Be Up for Sale

OneBeacon Insurance Group Ltd., the specialty insurer controlled by White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd., is exploring a sale, people familiar with the matter said. The Bermuda-based company recently began working with Credit Suisse Group AG to solicit offers from rival …

Canada’s Fairfax to Buy Switzerland’s Allied World for $4.9B in Cash, Stock

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., the Canadian investment and insurance company, agreed to buy Allied World Assurance Co. for $4.9 billion in cash and stock in Chief Executive Officer Prem Watsa’s biggest purchase. Fairfax will pay $54 per share, which is …

The Hartford Attracting Bidders for Annuity Runoff Business

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. is working with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to see if the insurer can find a buyer for Talcott Resolution, the unit that includes U.S. variable annuities, according to people familiar with the matter. Apollo Global …

Italy Car Insurance Tech Firm, Octo Telematics, Weighs Sale or IPO: Sources

Octo Telematics SpA, the Italian car insurance-technology company, is pursuing an outright sale alongside preparations for an initial public offering, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Octo, owned by Russia’s Renova Group, is working with advisers to seek …