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  • TORONTO, March 21- The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has agreed to buy U.S. life insurance and reinsurance provider Wilton Re Holdings Ltd for $1.8 billion from a group of private equity firms, the first foray by the global dealmaker into the U.S. insurance business.

  • TORONTO, March 21- The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said on Friday it agreed to buy U.S. life insurance and reinsurance provider Wilton Re Holdings Ltd for $1.8 billion from a group of private equity firms, the first foray by the global dealmaker into the U.S. insurance business.

  • CHICAGO, March 14- U.S. farmers this week finalized their crop insurance plans for spring planting with critics of the government-subsidized program saying insurers are set up for a bonanza after passage of the new five-year farm bill last month.

  • *Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac would be liquidated under plan. WASHINGTON, March 11- The leaders of the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday announced an agreement on legislation to wind down government-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, jump-starting a long-standing debate that could still take years to resolve.

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- The leaders of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday outlined plans for legislation to wind down government-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that they said would continue to provide access to long-term, fixed-rate mortgages.

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- The leaders of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday outlined plans for legislation to wind down government-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that they said would continue to provide access to long-term, fixed-rate mortgages.

  • Billionaire Warren Buffett told CNBC on Monday that he does not see climate change impacting insurance prices "three years or five years from now."

  • NEW YORK, March 1- Berkshire Hathaway released its annual letter to shareholders on Saturday, written with Chief Executive Warren Buffett's usual combination of common-sense advice and belief in the power of investing. Following are highlights of the letter.

  • Falling reinsurance prices point to sector shake-out Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Feb 25- A slump in reinsurance prices is playing to the strengths of the biggest global reinsurers, while piling pressure on smaller competitors to diversify or consolidate.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 18- General Electric Co is suing the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for a $658 million tax refund related to a tax loss the company claimed as it exited the reinsurance market more than a decade ago.

  • *Munich Re 2013 net profit above expected at 3.3 bln eur. *Raises dividend to 7.25 eur/ shr from 7.00 previously. HANOVER, Germany, Feb 4- Munich Re, the world's biggest reinsurer, hiked its dividend after a surprise rise in 2013 profit, lifting hopes it can cope with an influx of new competitors and falling prices.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 7- Natural catastrophes like floods and storms claimed more than 20,000 lives and caused around $125 billion in damage worldwide in 2013, well below the average of the last decade, reinsurer Munich Re said on Tuesday.

  • Jan 6- Tower Group International Ltd said it would be bought by ACP Re Ltd, a privately owned reinsurance company, for $172 million. ACP Re offered $3 in cash for each Tower Group share, a premium of 2.4 percent to the stock's Friday closing. Tower Group's shares were trading at $2.96 before the bell on Monday.

  • Jan 6- Tower Group International Ltd said it would be bought by ACP Re Ltd, a privately owned reinsurance company, for $172 million. Each outstanding share of Tower will be converted into the right to receive $3 in cash.

  • BOSTON, Dec 31- Billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors is ending its life as a hedge fund with a 20.10 percent gain this year, marking one of the industry's best returns even after SAC pleaded guilty to insider trading charges, a source familiar with the numbers said.

  • *Record 3.2 bln stg deal for BAE Systems. *AstraZeneca, Carillion, Bentley also come to market. The market set its record for risks hived off by schemes this year with its biggest deal to date, of 3.2 billion pounds from BAE Systems, along with others from AstraZeneca, Bentley and Carillion.

  • *Record 3.2 bln stg deal for BAE Systems. *AstraZeneca, Carillion, Bentley also come to market. The market set its record for risks hived off by schemes this year with its biggest deal to date, of 3.2 billion pounds from BAE Systems, along with others from AstraZeneca, Bentley and Carillion.

  • A deal struck last weekend between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme leaves U.S. and European oil sanctions in place for six months. Iran secured limited relief including an easing of a ban on European ship insurance, which could allow the transport of some oil to its Asian customers.

  • DUBAI, Nov 25- The easing of a ban on European insurance for shipments of Iranian oil may lift Iran's crude exports to big oil buyers in Asia, including India and China. The easing of EU shipping insurance sanctions was part of a deal on Sunday between Iran and six world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief.

  • *Breakthrough agreement curbs Iran nuclear activity. *Brent crude slips more than $2 after breakthrough Iran deal. NEW DELHI, Nov 25- Indian refiners are ready to start transferring cash owed for Iranian oil as early as next week following a landmark deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme that allows importers to shift billions of dollars back to Iran.

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