• *Barclays shares up 1.4 pct, Aviva down 0.8 percent. LONDON, Sept 12- Barclays has appointed banking and insurance veteran John McFarlane as its new chairman to oversee the British bank's efforts to stamp out wrongdoing and improve performance. McFarlane, a Scot, will step down as chairman of British insurer Aviva and take the Barclays hot seat in April.

  • JGBs inch lower as yen extends losses Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 11:37 PM ET

    TOKYO, Sept 12- Japanese government bonds mostly slipped slightly by midday on Friday, undermined by a weaker yen. Several corporate pension funds seemed ready to sell 20- year JGBs on strength, while a few domestic life insurers appeared willing to buy the current 30- year JGBs at a yield of 1.70% or above ahead of a massive quarterly redemption of JGBs on Sept. 22.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 11- EBay Inc will begin running advertisements on its mobile app in the fourth quarter, moving the e-commerce company into the fast-growing and lucrative market for ads on devices such as smart phones and tablets.

  • Want cheaper car insurance? Move here Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:47 PM ET

    An InsuranceQuotes.com report reveals the most and least expensive cities for car insurance in America.

  • DETROIT, Sept 11- A federal judge on Thursday ordered ongoing mediation in Detroit's historic bankruptcy over a potential settlement between the city and one of its fiercest creditors, while adding holdout creditor Financial Guaranty Insurance Co to the list of parties whose attendance is required.

  • A consumer-oriented rating agency, Weiss Rating, recently awarded the companies a median grade of C-minus, and even without a major storm to drive up claims, 11 of them have already failed in Florida since 2006, according to state records. "Things are moving in the right direction for Florida in attracting private capital.

  • Syncora had argued it had been short-changed compared to other creditors. If approved, the deal will see Syncora drop its objection to the restructuring and the trial- which is studying the feasibility of Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy- could get a swift approval from U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 10- U.S. health insurance premiums are going up only 3 percent this year, to an average of $16,834 for a family. The Kaiser Family Foundation's 2014 Employer Health Benefits report says that rate increases are slowing from recession highs that ran far above inflation rates.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 10- China shares slipped on Wednesday, with investors discouraged by Premier Li Keqiang's comment that China cannot rely on loose credit to lift its economy. Ping An Insurance Group Co of China slid 1.1 percent and Agricultural Bank of China 0.8 percent. China is set to release August credit data between Wednesday and Monday.

  • Florida gets $7M in health insurance grants Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    MIAMI— Three Florida organizations will receive nearly $7 million to help consumers sign up for health insurance during the second enrollment season under the Affordable Care Act.

  • GE, home appliance pioneer, gives up on consumers Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK— General Electric, a household name for more than a century in part for making households easier to run, is leaving the home. GE, based in Fairfield, Connecticut, Monday announced the sale of its appliance division to the Swedish appliance maker Electrolux for $3.3 billion.

  • New York health insurance rates to rise in 2015 Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York insurance regulators have approved higher health insurance rates for 2015, though the increases are smaller than what the industry wanted.

  • Sept 5- One of the bond insurers fighting Detroit's historic bankruptcy is seeking $200 million in cash, riverfront property and a stake in a tunnel to Canada, in settlement negotiations with the city, the Detroit News reported, citing an unnamed source.

  • MetLife is the third insurer to be tapped for such a designation, which comes with heavy capital requirements and strict supervision by the Federal Reserve, comparable to that of the largest banks. MetLife said it was not ruling out "any of the available remedies" under the 2010 Dodd-Frank law to contest the designation.

  • MetLife: 'Strongly disagrees' with new designation Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET
    The MetLife Building is shown in New York.

    Insurer MetLife said that the U.S. financial risk council had proposed to designate it as "systemically important," which requires tighter oversight.

  • MetLife is the third insurer to be tapped for such a designation as "systemically important," which comes with heavy capital requirements and strict supervision by the Federal Reserve comparable to that of the largest banks.

  • Regulators may put stricter oversight on MetLife Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. regulators are proposing to label insurer MetLife Inc. as a potential threat to the financial system, a designation that brings stricter government oversight.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 4- Insurer MetLife said on Thursday that the U.S. financial risk council had proposed to designate it as "systemically important," a tag that brings far tighter government oversight.

  • Highmark sues UPMC over billing for cancer drugs Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Health insurer Highmark Inc. has sued the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center claiming the hospital network has overbilled it by $300 million for cancer drugs since 2010..

  • Detroit, creditors squabble over bankruptcy plan Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 3:44 PM ET
    Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s state-appointed emergency manager, speaks as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder looks on during a press conference in Detroit in July 2013.

    Detroit claimed that its plan to adjust its debt and exit bankruptcy is feasible and fair, but one of its creditors said it skirts bankruptcy law.

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