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  • 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.

  • European Stocks to Watch: Cap Gemini Friday, 30 Mar 2007 | 8:09 AM ET

    Cap Gemini’s shares increased  2.37% in Paris trade Friday after Exane BNP Paribas upgraded the IT group from ‘neutral’ to ‘outperform’, citing the company’s strong growth prospects based on its business mix, cost control and use of off-shoring.

  • Lloyd's of London 2006 Pretax Profit Up Sharply Thursday, 29 Mar 2007 | 3:44 AM ET

    The Lloyd's of London insurance market said on Thursday that it made a pretax profit of 3.7 billion pounds ($7.27 billion) in 2006, thanks to high prices and low catastrophe claims.

  • Does U.S. Health Insurance Need A Checkup? Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 9:25 AM ET

    As Americans approach their golden years, many claim they have yet to see a dime from their health insurance providers. In fact, many say they’ve only received excuses about why insurers won’t pay up. The question may be why.

  • AXA to Buy Half of Monte dei Paschi Insurance Unit Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 8:18 AM ET

    AXA, France's largest insurer, said Friday it agreed to buy half of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena's insurance and pensions unit for 1.15 billion euros ($1.54 billion) in cash.

  • U.K.'s Standard Life Beats Forecasts, Eyes Job Cuts Thursday, 22 Mar 2007 | 7:04 AM ET

    Insurer Standard Life beat market forecasts on Thursday with a 55% rise in 2006 profit and said it planned a shake-up of its core U.K. business, including 1,000 job cuts to squeeze out more costs by 2009.

  • Five Golden Rules Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007 | 11:52 PM ET

    If you can believe it, we're just almost done with the first quarter of 2007 and that means two things: the cherry blossoms are coming out and it's time to hunker down for some spring cleaning. As you tackle the clutter in your home, why not clean up your finances as well? This is a great opportunity to start planning for a solid financial future. You've just paid off your taxes (or are about to) and you're well entrenched in your job plans for the year. Don't let that momentum slip. Here are my financial rules for 2007 to help you tackle your finances and start the rest of the year on the right foot.

  • European Stocks to Watch Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 9:49 AM ET

    Here some of Tuesday's big movers on European stock markets:Whitbread, Storebrand, Iberia, ABN Amro, Barclays, Friends Provident, Technical Olympic and Deutsche Post.

  • Fund Arm F&C Weighs on Friends Provident Profit Tuesday, 20 Mar 2007 | 5:20 AM ET

    British insurer Friends Provident's headline profits slipped 3% in 2006 as lower earnings from its asset management arm offset strong volumes and a jump in new business profits.

  • State Farm Agrees to Re-examine Cases in Mississippi Monday, 19 Mar 2007 | 1:01 PM ET

    State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. has agreed to re-examine more than 35,000 policyholder claims filed following Hurricane Katrina and to 'make millions of dollars available' for additional payments, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner George Dale said Monday.

  • Investment Strategist: What You Should Do Now Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 9:04 AM ET

    Henry McVey was "not really" surprised by the Feb. 27 market meltdown. But then, the chief U.S. investment strategist for Morgan Stanley says he'd seen the omens in January. He joined CNBC's Maria Bartiromo to discuss what might come next -- and how he's preparing for it.

  • Converium in Talks with White Knight Bidders Friday, 9 Mar 2007 | 3:13 AM ET

    Swiss reinsurer Converium is looking for rival bidders to fend off Scor's hostile takeover attempt but has not yet received any firm offers, the company said on Friday.

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