*Nagging worries over Ukraine crisis limit gains. LONDON, Aug 13- European stock markets were steady on Wednesday, supported by gains in the shares of utility E.ON and reinsurer Swiss Life after forecast-beating results.» Read More
SAO PAULO, Aug 5- Profit at Grupo BTG Pactual SA surprisingly rose to the highest in over two years in the second quarter even after Latin America's largest independent investment-banking firm produced a mixed performance in some revenue and expense lines.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said second-quarter profit soared 41 percent to a record high.
*Q2 oper earnings $1.93/ shr vs. est $2.07/ shr. July 22- Property and casualty insurer Travelers Cos Inc's quarterly earnings fell short of analysts' estimates as hail and wind storms in the United States increased catastrophe losses.
NEW YORK, July 17- Insurance on the Malaysian airliner brought down over Ukraine is likely to pay out relatively quickly if the cause of the crash is determined, but observers say insurance for the loss of 298 lives and other liability could be complex and lengthy.
PARIS/ BOSTON, July 14- Insurers are eagerly eyeing exponential growth in the tiny cyber coverage market but their lack of experience and skills handling hackers and data breaches may keep their ambitions in check.
In a low-rate environment it's hard for our clients to save money through us and have enough income, says Steve Miller, AIG non-executive chairman, discussing how low interest rates are impacting his business.
Reinsurers have been negotiating with insurance company clients in the United States, Australia and Latin America to set the terms and prices for shouldering big risks like hurricane and earthquake damage in contracts that take effect from July 1.
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey- based Western World offers auto and property insurance and, within Validus, it will operate as an independent business led by its current management team. Validus provides reinsurance and insurance services and operates through its three Bermuda- based units- Reinsurance Ltd, Talbot Holdings Ltd and AlphaCat Managers Ltd..
June 23- Reinsurer Validus Holdings Ltd said it would buy specialty insurer Western World Insurance Group Inc for about $690 million in cash.
NEW YORK, May 28- A New York state judge has rejected a request by Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the former American International Group Inc chief executive officer, to dismiss a long-running civil lawsuit by the state's attorney general.
TURIN, Italy, May 22- Italian investment company Exor, the listed holding company for Fiat's founding family the Agnellis, plans to spend a total of at least 2 billion euros on two new investments, most likely in the services sector, Chairman and CEO John Elkann said on Thursday.
Roland Vogel, CFO of Hannover Re, says the company likes higher interest rates and can react to moves in the rate.
Jorg Schneider, CFO at Munich Re, says the group is overall not concerned by the strong euro and discusses the group's investment strategy to make returns in the current low-yield environment.
FRANKFURT, May 8- The world's largest reinsurer, Munich Re, reported an almost 5 percent drop in net profit in the first quarter, as a strong euro dragged down premium income.
ZURICH/ FRANKFURT May 7- Swiss Re and Hannover Re, the world's no. 2 and 3 reinsurers, said they saw lower prices in natural disaster reinsurance and April renewals, as they beat profit expectations in the first quarter. "We are not slaves to volume, and we will certainly not write business to fulfill some top line aspirations," said Swiss Re Chief Executive Michel Lies.
ZURICH, May 7- Swiss Re, the world's second-largest reinsurer, said first-quarter net profit fell 13 percent on weaker earnings in its life and health arm, although fewer natural catastrophes meant the fall was less than expected.
OMAHA, Neb., May 2- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said quarterly profit declined 4 percent, falling short of analyst forecasts, as earnings from insurance underwriting declined and bad weather disrupted shipping at its BNSF Railway unit.
OMAHA, Neb., May 2- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said quarterly profit declined 4 percent, falling short of analyst forecasts, as earnings from insurance underwriting declined and bad weather hurt results at its BNSF Railway unit.
*Competition intense, Munich Re faring better than market. MUNICH, April 30- Munich Re's net profit fell in the first quarter, its chief executive on Wednesday, hit by low capital market interest rates that continue to weigh on investment income at the world's largest reinsurer.
WASHINGTON, April 25- A U.S. Senate bill on housing finance reform could undermine the stability of the mortgage market if it became law in its current form, the head of government-run mortgage financier Freddie Mac warned the company's regulator.