Berkshire Hathaway News

Despite Insurance Losses, Berkshire Stock Joins Exclusive Club

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s stock price touched $300,000 for the first time on Monday, reflecting investors’ confidence in Warren Buffett’s conglomerate despite four straight quarters of lower operating profit. Crossing the $300,000 threshold put Berkshire’s Class A shares up 22.9 percent …

Munich Re to Increase Shareholding in Global Aerospace to 51%

Global Aerospace, the London-based provider of aerospace insurance, announced that Munich Re has agreed to purchase an additional 11 percent of the shares in Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers Ltd., the company that manages the Global Aerospace Pool. Following the acquisition, …

Australia’s IAG Forms Capital-Releasing Deals with Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re

Insurance Australia Group Ltd. said on Friday it will share 12.5 percent of its premiums and costs with Munich Re, Swiss Re and Hannover Re, in a series of deals that will release capital for Australia’s biggest general insurer. The …

China’s Ping An Is World’s 2nd Largest Insurer by Market Value After Berkshire

A surge in Ping An Insurance (Group) Co.’s shares this year has made it the world’s second-largest insurer by market value behind only Berkshire Hathaway Inc. And the rally may not be done yet. Shares of the Chinese insurer, which …

Europe’s Re/Insurers Cut Coal Investments by $20B; U.S. Firms Fail to Act: Report

Insurers have pulled $20 billion out of coal investments, but most are European and none of the top nine U.S. insurers has taken “meaningful action,” campaign group Unfriend Coal said on Wednesday. Government representatives and officials at this week’s U.N. …

Berkshire Likely to Report Big Q3 Claims Costs – and Reduced Insurance ‘Float’

The insurance business has been good to Warren Buffett. For decades, his stable of carriers at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. have provided him billions of dollars to invest. They’ve also turned an underwriting profit every year since 2002. That streak could …

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 …

Berkshire Hathaway’s Gen Re Plans to Expand in Indian Market

General Re, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. which won a license to open an Indian office in May, is seeking a larger slice of the world’s fastest-growing reinsurance market. The unit plans to expand in health and …

Yahoo to Pay $5.5M After Breaking NCAA Tournament Bracket Deal

Yahoo Inc owes a prize promoter $5.5 million for backing out of a contract to pay $1 billion for predicting every winner in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and entering a similar contract with Quicken Loans Inc and Warren …

Reinsurers Invest in Fintech Startups to Diversify and Grow in Soft Market

When Micah Carr-Hill wanted to insure Chief, the Labrador that helps with his son’s autism therapy, he found an ally in Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer. The German company had just teamed up with a U.K. internet startup to …