Articles by Sonali Basak

XL Group’s McGavick Cuts Exposure to Hedge Funds to Boost Investment Yield

XL Group Ltd., the insurer with about $38 billion of investments, is reducing its exposure to hedge funds, Chief Executive Officer Mike McGavick said. “We still do see some value there, but at this time we’ve seen it advantageous to …

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. …

SpaceX Lost Satellite on U.S. Mission Was Uninsured

U.S. taxpayers may end up paying for the missing satellite launched by Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. that crashed into the ocean earlier this month, part of a classified U.S. government mission dubbed “Zuma.” Questions remain around the event, …

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. …

AIG Reported to Have Held Talks to Acquire Voya

American International Group Inc. may be back in the market for large-scale deals. The insurer was in talks to buy Voya Financial Inc. in a transaction valued at more than $10 billion before negotiations fell apart in November over the …

How Bitcoin Is Fueling Ransomware Insurance Claims

Hey, want those photos and files back? It may cost more than it used to. Thank bitcoin. Chubb Ltd., best known for catering to wealthy families and corporations, is among at least three insurers facing a jump in costs tied …

Insurers Face Potential $1 Billion in Claims for Las Vegas Mass Shooting

The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history is adding to soaring costs for insurance companies, which are already taking a beating this year from an onslaught of hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires. The industry may have to shell out more …

Buffett’s Berkshire to Buy 9% Stake in Italian Insurer Cattolica

Warren Buffett is expanding his wager on Italy. The billionaire’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Thursday it agreed to buy about 9 percent of Italian insurer Societa Cattolica di Assicurazioni Scrl from Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA, one of two failed …

U.S. Regulator Lifts Systemic Risk Tag on Slimmed-Down AIG

American International Group Inc. is no longer too big to fail. That was the ruling Friday from the Financial Stability Oversight Council, which said AIG, whose collapse in 2008 reverberated throughout the U.S. economy, was no longer a systemically important …