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  1. July 1, 2014

    Walter Kielholz attacks fines and penalties imposed on banks

    One of Europe’s foremost financial heavyweights has come out fighting against the barrage of regulatory penalties being...

  2. June 30, 2014

    Reinsurers start to scrap terrorism exclusions

    Intensifying competition between global reinsurers is forcing them to provide cover for terrorism on terms they have sought...

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  1. May 15, 2014

    Zurich unveils 20% jump in first-quarter

    Zurich Insurance’s new chief financial officer said that the Swiss insurer had made a good start to its three year strategy,...

  2. May 7, 2014

    Swiss Re profits hit by troubled life and health division

    Swiss Re’s profits dropped 11 per cent in the first quarter, mainly due to weaker income in its troublesome life and health...

  3. April 24, 2014

    Receivers called as ‘Gherkin’ falls into a financial pickle

    Life has turned sour for the “Gherkin”. Deloitte has been appointed receivers of the Lord Foster-designed City of London...

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    April 18, 2014

    Nigeria insurance firms "ripe" for foreign buyers

    Nigeria’s insurance sector is growing rapidly and has low levels of penetration in a young society inhabiting Africa’s...

  5. March 16, 2014

    Aigrain joins Warburg Pincus Europe unit

    Warburg Pincus has appointed LCH.Clearnet chairman Jacques Aigrain as senior adviser to help find financial services deals...

  6. February 21, 2014

    Senior City police detective decamps to private sector

    The City of London’s senior investigator is joining the exodus of police officers to the growing private security sector....

  7. February 20, 2014

    Swiss Re raises payout to investors as profit beats forecasts

    Swiss Re’s search for a new chief financial officer is over, after the reinsurer promoted David Cole to replace the...

  8. January 22, 2014

    Insurers dash government hopes of early products for elderly care

    Insurers have dashed government hopes of early products covering the cost of long-term care for the elderly, undermining one...

  9. December 16, 2013

    Zurich pulls off coup to poach Swiss Re’s financial chief

    Zurich Insurance has pulled off a coup by poaching George Quinn from its rival Swiss Re as a replacement for its late chief...

  10. December 15, 2013

    Insurers eye opportunities in Africa

    A push into southeast Asia reaped rewards for Prudential. Now, two decades after the UK’s biggest insurer by market...

  11. December 10, 2013

    Search continues for partner to fix Swiss Re’s problem unit

    Swiss Re is still looking for partners to invest in its underperforming Admin Re subsidiary, which last month failed to...

  12. November 29, 2013

    Alternative reinsurers restructure industry

    It’s coming up to that season again. No, not the December holiday season, but the rainy season in Iraq, which lasts from...

  13. November 24, 2013

    Insurers tackle risk that injuries pose to football revenue

    It is the nightmare of every top Premier League club owner. The club’s prized asset, a top player who commands a...

  14. November 20, 2013

    Outlawing high pay will cost Switzerland dear

    Executive pay is a tense subject in many places but the Swiss are the first to raise it to the status of a formal national...

  15. November 13, 2013

    Swiss Re and Phoenix tie-up collapses

    The prospects of a fresh wave of consolidation between “zombie” life assurers received a blow on Wednesday night after...

  16. November 7, 2013

    Munich Re and Swiss Re consider plans to return extra capital

    The world’s two largest reinsurers both raised the prospect of returning extra capital to shareholders, as they announced...

  17. October 22, 2013

    Serious game of reinsurance policy terms plays out in Germany

    Baden-Baden has lured gamblers for generations. More than a century ago, Fyodor Dostoevsky is said to have endured a losing...

  18. October 21, 2013

    Primary insurers push for price cuts

    A significant shift in the way insurance companies protect themselves against losses from natural catastrophes will force...

  19. October 13, 2013

    Reinsurers fight ‘too big to fail’ label

    The world’s biggest reinsurance companies are battling harder to convince watchdogs that they are not too big to fail, in a...

  20. September 20, 2013

    Alpha animal in the insurance food chain

    There is much alarm in the reinsurance industry about the inflow of supposedly dumb money from credit investors to...

  21. September 9, 2013

    Insurers back fund with focus on Asia and Africa

    Six of the world’s leading insurers are to invest in a new $400m private equity fund being set up to back companies that...

  22. August 22, 2013

    Never knowingly underpaid, JLP staff are an oddity

    Like Mary Poppins, the John Lewis Partnership is practically perfect in every way. Even its payroll screw-ups are benign....

  23. August 8, 2013

    Swiss Re withstands flooding to increase profits

    Swiss Re withstood the impact of a spate of natural disasters to beat analysts’ profit forecasts in the second quarter of...

  24. July 12, 2013

    Phoenix shares climb on Swiss Re talks

    Shares in Phoenix Group rallied more than 8 per cent on Friday after it emerged the life assurance consolidation vehicle was...

  25. July 12, 2013

    Financials underpin advances for London stocks

    Financial stocks have replaced miners at the top of the FTSE 100 as the index continues to rise but at a slower pace. With...

  26. July 11, 2013

    Phoenix sounds out Swiss Re on tie-up

    Phoenix Group has sounded out Swiss Re about the possibility of combining the FTSE 250 life assurance consolidation vehicle...

  27. July 8, 2013

    Swiss Re expects floods claim burden of $300m

    Swiss Re expects the floods that swept through much of central Europe last month to cause industry-wide insured losses of...

  28. July 4, 2013

    Reinsurers: summertime blues

    Europe’s reinsurers have got a case of the summertime blues. Shares in Swiss Re are down 12 per cent since at the start of...

  29. June 25, 2013

    US businesses give mixed reaction to Obama’s emission cuts plan

    Several large US companies spoke out on Tuesday in support of President Barack Obama’s plans to curb greenhouse gas...

  30. June 24, 2013

    Swiss Re to cut costs and buy back debt

    Swiss Re will make up to $300m in cost savings and buy back $4bn of debt, as it bids to improve profitability in the face of...

  31. June 14, 2013

    Central Europeans prepare for the next flood of the century

    The river Inn is normally one of Schärding’s prime assets, drawing in droves of tourists for the dozens of restaurants and...

  32. June 11, 2013

    The fall and rise of London’s insurance industry

    If architectural plans betray an industry’s ambitions, London’s insurers are reaching for the sky. Flanking the exposed...

  33. June 2, 2013

    Catastrophe bonds prove anything but a disaster

    Superstorm Sandy, which buffeted the eastern seaboard of the US last October, claimed 285 lives and was the second-costliest...

  34. April 29, 2013

    Reinsurers extend key Admiral contracts

    Reinsurers that take on a large part of the underwriting risk from Admiral have extended the contracts that underpin the UK...

  35. April 4, 2013

    Barclays’ new writedown bond falls flat

    Barclays has issued its second total writedown bond in six months, but the instrument got a lukewarm response from...

  36. April 2, 2013

    Investors pour $35bn into reinsurance

    A $35bn influx of funding from capital markets investors has prevented traditional reinsurers from raising prices during the...

  37. March 31, 2013

    Movers & shakers: April 1

    ● BlackRock has appointed David Blumer as head of Emea, a newly created position. Mr Blumer is joining the world’s largest...

  38. March 28, 2013

    Berkshire Hathaway in Swiss Re settlement

    Berkshire Hathaway has reached a settlement with Swiss Re, the group it propped up during the financial crisis with an...

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