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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 7- The Federal Housing Administration will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage point to 0.85 percent from 1.35 percent, the White House said on Wednesday. In a statement, the White House said the move was part of President Obama' s efforts "to expand responsible lending to creditworthy borrowers." The administration also...

  • White House says FHA to cut mortgage insurance premiums Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 2:17 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 7- The Federal Housing Administration will reduce annual mortgage insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage point to 0.85 percent from 1.35 percent, the White House said on Wednesday. In a statement, the White House said the move was part of President Barack Obama's efforts "to expand responsible lending to creditworthy borrowers."

  • OBAMA SAYS FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION WILL CUT ANNUAL MORTGAGE INSURANCE PREMIUMS TO 0.85 PERCENT FROM 1.35 PERCENT TO MAKE MORTGAGES MORE AFFORDABLE.

  • People falling out of love with London property  Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 11:50 AM ET

    Property demand in London has dropped since February 2014 by 28 percent. Russell Quirk, CEO of emoov, says that property demand or "hotspots" has increased in "commutable" areas like Reading and Colchester.

  • *Allianz sells Fireman's Fund personal lines to ACE Ltd.. FRANKFURT, Dec 18- German insurer Allianz on Thursday said it had agreed to sell its Fireman's Fund personal insurance business to insurer ACE for $365 million, freeing Allianz to focus on building its U.S. property and casualty operations. The deal clears up one of two problem areas for Allianz in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- A decision by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to set aside a terrorism insurance bill until 2015 has killed, for now, a provision requiring that one seat on the Federal Reserve's board be dedicated to a person with community banking experience. Congress moved a step closer last week to mandating a seat on the central bank's seven-person board be given...

  • Senator Charles Schumer on Thursday called for the U.S. House of Representatives to extend a federal terrorism insurance program by passing a "clean" bill with no controversial extra provisions. Congress created the terrorism insurance program after the 2001 attacks on the United States, when many insurers lost money and warned they might stop insuring...

  • Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Tuesday called on lawmakers to reauthorize a federal terrorism insurance program, saying they should not tie its approval to consideration of proposed changes to unrelated Wall Street reforms. The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly in July to extend the program, called the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. But negotiations with the...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 17- A U.S. government agency that guarantees millions of mortgages has built up $6.1 billion in capital over the last year, erasing a shortfall experienced in 2013, when its reserves were so low that it had to draw taxpayer funds for the first time. The Obama administration on Monday released an audit of the Federal Housing Administration that...

  • UPDATE 1-Insurer James River Group files for IPO Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    Nov 7- James River Group Holdings Ltd, a Bermuda- based insurance holding company, filed for an initial public offering of common shares that would raise up to $288 million. Hedge fund D.E. Shaw& Co LP's affiliates own 72.6 percent of the insurer's Class A common shares, while Goldman Sachs Group Inc owns 26.3 percent. Keefe Bruyette& Woods, UBS Investment Bank, FBR...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- Wells Fargo& Co said on Wednesday it is in discussions with the U.S. government to resolve a lawsuit accusing the nation's largest mortgage lender of cheating taxpayers by submitting ineligible home loans to a federal insurance program. Wells Fargo, the fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, disclosed the talks in a quarterly filing with the U.S....

  • Nov 5- Intact Financial Corp, Canada's largest property and casualty insurer, reported a more than four-fold rise in quarterly profit, helped by a sharp fall in catastrophe losses. The company's profit last year was hurt by severe rain storms in the Toronto area and Quebec, and hail storms in Alberta. Intact's profit rose to C $202 million, or C $1.49 per share in the...

  • Insurer Intact Financial's profit rises four-fold Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    Nov 5- Intact Financial Corp, Canada's largest property and casualty insurer, reported a more than fourfold rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher operating income and investment gains. The company's profit rose to C $202 million, or C $1.49 per share, in the quarter, compared with C $47 million, or 32 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Besides losses from the Malaysia Airlines jet downed over Ukraine and the destruction of planes at Tripoli airport, property and casualty insurers saw few big payouts while life insurers reported a healthy rise in sales. Two years ago, insurers paid about $30 billion in claims after Hurricane Sandy battered the United States while floods in central Europe...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- Insurer American International Group on Monday reported better-than-expected third quarter earnings, bolstered in part by improved performance at core insurance operations. Chief Executive Officer Peter Hancock said the company remains "disciplined in our approach to balancing growth, profitability, and risk and focused on maintaining...

  • UPDATE 2-Allstate profit beats estimates as premiums rise Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 6:09 PM ET

    Oct 29- Allstate Corp, the largest publicly traded home and auto insurer in the United States, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as it earned more premiums. Allstate's net income available to common shareholders rose to $750 million, or $1.74 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from $310 million, or 66 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Oct 23- Property and casualty insurer Chubb Corp raised its full-year profit forecast on Thursday after a drop in catastrophe losses and higher premium income helped the company report stronger-than-expected third-quarter earnings. Chubb's shares rose about 4 percent in extended trading after closing at $94.26 on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Oct 21- Property and casualty insurer Travelers Cos Inc reported a better-than-expected rise in quarterly operating profit, helped by higher net investment income and a fall in disaster-related losses. Operating earnings of $2.61 per share in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 handily beat the average analyst estimate of $2.27, according to Thomson Reuters...

  • Not knowing what you don't know about auto and homeowners insurance could be an expensive mistake, according to a new Insure.com survey.

  • Ebola: New insurance deal with an outbreak Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 5:37 PM ET
    A custodial worker wears a mask and eye protection to guard against the Ebola virus as he prepares to clean Ruth Cherry Intermediate School in Dallas.

    A Lloyd's of London unit is underwriting two forms of insurance to cover businesses that shut down as a result of Ebola and other diseases.