Articles by Patrick Winters

Zurich Sees Hardening Rates, Improving Terms – in Market Not Seen Since 2002

Zurich Insurance Group AG expects to have more power to increase commercial insurance rates than it has seen in almost two decades as a shortage of supply and high natural catastrophe payouts help reverse declining premiums. “The last time this …

Zurich Insurance Expects to Beat Targets as It Enters Final Stretch of Turnaround

Zurich Insurance Group AG said it expects to beat all its financial targets for the 2017-2019 period as the global insurer enters the the final stretch of a three-year turnaround. “In 2016, we gave ourselves ambitious targets and we launched …

Boeing 737 Max Crashes Could Cost European Insurers $450 Million

Europe’s biggest insurers are on the hook for as much as $450 million from a pair of airline crashes involving Boeing Co. 737 Max planes. Munich Re reckons it could pay 150 million euros ($168 million), an estimate that Chief …

Swiss Re to Post ‘Large’ Q3 Losses from Italy Bridge Collapse, Natural Disasters

Swiss Re AG said it will post relatively “large” losses from claims in the third quarter, as man-made disasters including the collapse of a bridge in Italy add to damage from storms. Natural disaster claims, mainly from Japan and North …

Talks End without Softbank Stake in Swiss Re; Swiss Re Still Open to Other Investors

Swiss Re AG said it would continue to welcome an anchor investor after Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp. ended its pursuit of a stake in the world’s second-largest reinsurer. The collapsed talks mark the end of nearly four months of …

SoftBank Talks Over Buying Stake in Swiss Re Stalled: Bloomberg

Talks between billionaire Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp. and Swiss Re AG about buying a stake in the world’s second-biggest reinsurer have come to a standstill, people familiar with the matter said. The two sides disagree on the price and …

Swiss Re Continues Talks with SoftBank Which Seeks Stake of Up to 10%

Billionaire Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp. is likely to take a stake of 10 percent or less in Swiss Re AG as it seeks to gain a foothold in the cash-rich reinsurance industry. The Swiss company’s shares fell as much …

CEO Says Swiss Re Open to Anchor Shareholder Following Softbank Inquiry

Swiss Re AG’s chief said the reinsurer would welcome an anchor investor after being approached by billionaire Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp. In a business where results can change radically from one year to the next, “it’s not a bad …

Zurich Insurance Raises Dividend as Cost Cuts Bear Fruit

Zurich Insurance Group AG overcame a record year for natural-disaster claims in the industry to deliver its first dividend increase since 2011. The shares rose the most since August 2016. Switzerland’s biggest insurer raised its dividend for 2017 by 6 …