• Lowest-cost insurer drops from Minnesota exchange Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— The insurance company that grabbed the most customers on Minnesota's health care exchange by offering the lowest rates told state officials Tuesday that it's pulling out of MNsure, a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 7:24 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:24 AM ET

    Even as China's economy rises, its stocks' returns are hobbled by fraud and dodgy accounting World stock markets sag ahead of potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting, Scotland vote Allergan agrees to move forward with special shareholders meeting in December Trump Plaza shuts down, becomes 4th Atlantic City casino to close this year US producer prices likely rose only slightly in August, latest sign of mild inflation Beijing says deep sea rig that sparked standoff with Vietnam later found gas closer to China Russia's ruble drops to all-time low amid fears over fallout from economic sanctions Alibaba increases IPO price range to between $66 and $68 per share from $60 to $66 per share. As Fed meets, speculation swirls over possible change in Fed language on timing of rate hike Insurer Humana's board authorizes $2 billion in share repurchases

  • Humana board OKs $2 billion in share repurchases Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:24 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Humana's board of directors has replaced the health insurer's share buyback plan with a bigger authorization for $2 billion in repurchases. It replaces a $1 billion buyback plan, of which about $782 million was outstanding after the insurer bought back $118 million in shares in the third quarter.

  • Greater chance of Ohio drivers hitting a deer Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 6:16 AM ET

    That's according to State Farm, the state's largest insurer, which says motorists in the Buckeye State have a 1- in-127 chance of hitting a deer in the one-year period that began Aug. 1. State Farm says it will also cost more to fix a car that has hit a deer.

  • The rudest drivers in America Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    The rudest drivers in the US have been judged, according to a report by Insure.com. Plan your commute accordingly.

  • *Swiss Re expects natural catastrophe price fall to slow. *Munich Re says risks must be priced right for long term. ZURICH/ MONACO, Sept 15- The world's biggest reinsurers put a brave face on the outlook for an increasingly crowded business on Monday, saying they expected a slowing decline in prices and new opportunities in some markets.

  • *Swiss Re expects natural catastrophe price fall to slow. Swiss Re, the world's second-largest reinsurer, said on Monday it expected to see a slowing decline in natural catastrophe pricing rates, with demand doubling in some markets by 2020..

  • *Swiss Re expects natural catastrophe price fall to slow. Swiss Re, the world's second-largest reinsurer, said on Monday it expected to see a slowing decline in natural catastrophe pricing rates, with demand doubling in some markets by 2020..

  • Scottish independence could mean messy divorce Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 4:45 AM ET

    The British and Scottish administrations have agreed that they will recognize the outcome of the referendum and appoint negotiators to work out the details of separation "in the best interests of the people of Scotland and of the rest of the United Kingdom."

  • Reinsurers flock to Monte Carlo as market storm brews Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    *Reinsurers in Monte Carlo for Sept. 13-17 conference. "I am disappointed, exasperated, and even rather appalled by what is happening in the market," said Nikolaus von Bomhard, chief executive of the world's biggest reinsurer, Munich Re.

  • Top retirement concern: High health-care costs Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    Only 15% of pre-retirees have tried to figure out how much money they might need for health care and long-term care in retirement, reports USA Today.

  • Official: Moda won't extend some Alaska policies Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— One of the two health insurers that are part of the federally run online marketplace in Alaska won't allow people to keep policies past this year that are out of compliance with President Barack Obama's signature health care law, a state official said.

  • *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.

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