• Ronald Williams, chairman and chief executive officer of Aetna, said meeting the needs of its private customers –- not government reimbursements –- boosted first-quarter earnings.

  • WellPoint Posts Higher Quarterly Profit Wednesday, 25 Apr 2007 | 6:50 AM ET

    WellPoint reported higher first-quarter profit on Wednesday, helped by gains in membership.

  • Aflac reported a first-quarter profit of 82 cents a share, topping analysts' forecasts and rising 10 cents a share from the same period last year. Consensus estimates of equity analysts following the stock stood at 79 cents a share.

  • British insurer Aviva posted a 16% rise in life and pensions sales on Tuesday, boosted by U.S. business, with its newly acquired AmerUs unit making its first full quarter's contribution.

  • Auto Safety Report: Bigger Can Mean Safer Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 4:00 PM ET
    Photo released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows a crash test of a 2004-05 Kia Spectra, manufactured after November 2003. (AP Photo/ Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released their status report Thursday on 2002-05 driver deaths from vehicles manufactured between 2001-04 and the findings show that larger vehicles tend to be safer in auto accidents. Larger vehicles can experience less problems when equipped with electronic stability control technology.

  • Allstate Cutting Exposure to Policies in Florida Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 11:11 AM ET

    Allstate Chief Financial Officer Dan Hale said the insurer continues to reduce its exposure to homeowner policies in Florida following the effort by the state to reduce premium costs.

  • Prudential First-Quarter Sales Beat Expectations Thursday, 19 Apr 2007 | 4:19 AM ET

    Life insurer Prudential reported first-quarter sales of £640 million on an Annual Premium Equivalent basis, up 8% compared with the same period a year earlier.

  • Swiss midcap reinsurer Converium Holding reported a first quarter net profit of $150.9 million, up from $61.6 million last year, boosted by a tax valuation allowance of $85 million and the realization of $30.3 million in capital gains.

  • Converium Urges Scor Shareholders to Block Bid Wednesday, 18 Apr 2007 | 4:46 AM ET

    Converium Holdings has issued an appeal to Scor shareholders urging them to vote against the French insurer's capital increase at its AGM on Apr 26, thereby blocking the takeover bid for Converium.

  • Celeb Moneymaker Holds Lead--Bench "Catches" Fire Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 1:57 PM ET

    Celeb and champion poker player Chris Moneymaker widens his lead in first place to almost $60K with the smart bet on Rio Narcea Mines which was up 3.33%, and Garson lost on Mattel which was down 0.85%. AND--maybe more importantly-- Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench moves up two more spots from 8th to 6th on gains in American Oriental Bioengineering and CKX . Go, Johnny go!

  • Storm Cancels Hundreds of Flights, Threatens Floods Monday, 16 Apr 2007 | 8:24 AM ET

    A nor'easter battered the East with strong wind and pouring rain Sunday, grounding hundreds of airline flights, downing power lines and threatening severe coastal flooding overnight.

  • China's Everbright Bank is poised to buy a 35% stake in the Shanghai-based fund management joint venture of U.S. insurer Prudential Financial, two sources close to the situation said on Monday.

  • Converium Urges Rejection of Takeover Friday, 13 Apr 2007 | 7:04 AM ET

    Swiss reinsurer Converium Holding on Friday urged shareholders to reject a $800 million hostile takeover from French rival SCOR.

  • How to Go About a Retirement Plan Thursday, 5 Apr 2007 | 8:30 PM ET

    A question that eventually arises when financial planners talk about getting fiscally fit is: how much money do I need so I can retire comfortably. To be frank, I hate that question.Not because the intention is incorrect but because it approaches life in a technical way. Most people I know - and I'm betting plenty you know as well - do not want to think about ageing, much less think about what they want to do when they retire.

  • Scor's Converium Bid Hopes Boosted by Profit Surge Wednesday, 4 Apr 2007 | 9:02 AM ET

    French reinsurer Scor reported a surge in net profits on Wednesday that beat market forecasts, boosting the chances of success in its $2.5 billion (1.87 billion euro) share-and-cash bid for rival Converium.

  • European Stocks to Watch: NYSE Euronext Wednesday, 4 Apr 2007 | 7:15 AM ET

    The newly merged transatlantic exchange operator NYSE Euronext made its debut in Paris when it started trading as a combined company on Wednesday.

  • No. 2 - The Mother Nature Trade Tuesday, 3 Apr 2007 | 8:42 PM ET

    A new report predicts a 75% chance of a major hurricane hitting the U.S. coast this year. What's your hurricane trade as Mother Nature roars this summer?

  • This image provided by NASA shows Hurricane Gordon was captured at 2:15:36 EDT,  Sunday Sept. 17, 2006 with a digital still camera, equipped with a 20-35mm lens, by one of the crewmembers aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The center of the storm was located near 34.0 degrees north latitude and 53.0 degrees west longitude, while moving north-northeast. At the time the photo was taken, the sustained winds were 70 nautical miles per hour with gusts to 85 nautical miles per hour. (AP Photo/NASA)

    The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season will be far more active than usual with 17 tropical storms, of which nine will grow into hurricanes, a noted U.S. forecasting team founded by William Gray said.

  • European Stocks to Watch: E.ON Tuesday, 3 Apr 2007 | 6:48 AM ET

    Shares in the world’s largest utility E.ON increased considerably after it gave up its 42 billion euro bid ($56 billion) for Spanish utility company Endesa (down 0.69%), agreeing to split it up with rivals.

  • Resolution 2006 Beats Forecasts, Eyes Acquisitions Tuesday, 3 Apr 2007 | 3:31 AM ET

    Britain's Resolution beat market forecasts on Tuesday with an 18% rise in its embedded value at the end of 2006 and said it planned to boost its 2007 dividend, but would continue to look for acquisitions.

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