Articles by Nicholas Comfort and Steven Arons

Europe’s Landmark Test of Banks’ Resilience to Climate Risk Is Softer Than Expected

Europe’s landmark test of banks’ resilience to global warming was far softer than many lenders had expected, according to people familiar with the matter. Even the toughest hypothetical scenarios in the European Central Bank’s climate stress test didn’t result in …

Global Financial Regulators Seek Coordinated Response to Climate Change Risk

The world’s top financial regulators want to coordinate efforts to prepare for potential risks from climate change as authorities still lack common standards for assessing what could be one of the biggest threats facing banks and insurers. The Financial Stability …

Allianz Plans to Sell Coal Holdings in Response to Climate Change Concerns: CIO

Allianz SE is turning its back on coal as returns evaporate from energy generation that is harmful to the environment. Europe’s largest insurer plans to exit holdings in mining companies and utilities that derive more than 30 percent of their …

Allianz Aims to Increase Premiums by $6.9 Billion Annually

Allianz SE, Europe’s largest insurer, aims to generate an additional 6.5 billion euros ($6.9 billion) in annual premiums as the company focuses on its most profitable businesses. Allianz wants to achieve annual earnings per share growth of 5 percent on …

Allianz’ Q3 Profit Down 15% as Earnings Decline at P&C, Asset Management Units

Allianz SE, Europe’s biggest insurer, said third-quarter profit dropped 15 percent as earnings at its property and casualty and asset management units declined. Net income fell to 1.36 billion euros ($1.48 billion) from 1.61 billion euros [$1.7 billion] a year …

Munich Re Q3 Profit Declines 29% on Investment Earnings

Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer, said third-quarter profit slumped 29 percent on a decline in earnings from investments. Net income declined to 520 million euros [$567.8 million] in the three months through September from 733 million euros [$800.4 million] …

Munich Re Q2 Net Income Rises to $1.14 Billion on Lower Catastrophe Claims

Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer, raised its full-year profit target after net income beat analyst estimates on lower catastrophe claims. The shares rose. Net income rose to 1.07 billion euros [$1.14 billion] in the second quarter from 758 million …

Munich Re’s ERGO May Cancel Purchase of Greek Insurer on Instability

Munich Re’s ERGO Insurance unit may cancel its planned 90.1 million euro ($100 million) acquisition of Greece’s ATE Insurance SA if the country doesn’t return to stability. “Depending upon how the political situation develops, it is possible that we will …

Talanx Sells Remaining Shares in Swiss Life to Strengthen Balance Sheet

Talanx AG, Germany’s third-biggest insurer, sold its stake in Swiss Life Holding AG to help mitigate the effect of low interest rates and to cover risk. Talanx will book 214 million euros ($267 million) profit from the sale of its …

Talanx Raises 2013 Profit Forecast After Swiss Life Stake Sale

Talanx AG, the German insurer that sold stock in an initial public offering last year, raised its profit goal for 2013 after the sale of shares in Swiss Life Holding AG boosted earnings. Talanx is “cautiously optimistic” that net income …