European insurance watchdog is now the one under investigation

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The EIOPA is typically the one watching over the market but it is now facing scrutiny for two practices. The European insurance watchdog is normally the organization responsible for watching over the industry and making sure the practices are kept legal and appropriate. However, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is now under investigation to check into its own practices. The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit looking primarily into two main areas. The insurance watchdog will be investigated in the following main areas: its supervision…

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Transatlantic insurance market gets shot in the arm from US, EU deal

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The United States and European Union have come to an agreement to boost this international marketplace. On Friday, the United States and European Union came to an agreement to shrink legal and capital hurdles to the transatlantic insurance market. The goal was to give a boost to both the insurance and reinsurance marketplaces. The transatlantic insurance and reinsurance markets are currently worth a combined $3 billion. This transatlantic insurance market accord is one that has been under negotiation for over a year. It is a follow-up to an agreement that…

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Munich Re sells Ergo insurance company to Cinven

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The price of this massive sale has remained undisclosed, but it has moved Cinven up a notch in Italy’s industry. Munich Re has now agreed to sell its Italian insurance company, Ergo to a British private equity investor, Cinven, which has been working to boost the size of its position as an insurer within Italy’s industry. The agreement means that Cinven will be acquiring both the life and property-casualty businesses. Early this week, Ergo stated that the insurance companies it would be selling would be Ergo Assicurazioni and Ergo Previdenza.…

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Obama administration makes insurance news with EU agreement negotiations

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The U.S. Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative have said they plan to work for a covered agreement. The insurance news announcement has now been made that the U.S. Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative intend to enter into negotiations with the European Union over a covered agreement regarding insurance. The goal of these negotiations will be to “level the regulatory playing field for U.S-based insurers and reinsurers.” E.U. insurance companies and industry regulators have been expressing frustration with regards to the American reinsurance collateral requirements. The issue at the center…

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Insurance news from European Union includes plan for nuclear disaster

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The EU Commission’s energy head is looking for a design for coverage in case of plant problems. Guenther Oettinger, the energy chief for the European Commission, has said that the executive arm of the bloc will soon be presenting a proposal that will make insurance news, as it will involve mandatory disaster coverage for nuclear power plants. This proposal is expected to be presented within the next few weeks for the EU’s consideration. Oettinger made further insurance news when he announced that this proposal should be among the leading items…

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ING Group wins more time to divest in insurance businesses

ING Group awarded time by the European Commission for divestment efforts The ING Group, one of the world’s largest financial services companies, has been working to divest its insurance operations over the past several months. The company has been met with several challenges in this task and has petitions the European Commission, the legislative arm of the European Union, for more time, a request that has been granted this week. The European Commission had originally set a deadline for the company it divest its insurance businesses by the end of…

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Insurance news from Zurich shows dropping profits

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The insurer’s third quarter profit fell by 62 percent. Zurich insurance news is now showing that the company will not be ruling out additional write-downs because of its struggling and bothersome German unit, as it has third quarter report is now revealing a drop of 62 percent in its net profits. The largest insurer in Switzerland has been accumulating almost $1 billion in additional costs since 2012. Those extra charges are the direct result of its business in Germany. In October, the group cautioned that any efforts for increasing claims…

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Insurance news from Allianz includes profit increases

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The Munich based insurer also saw a rise in P&C gross written premiums. Allianz SE has just announced its third quarter financial results for 2012, and part of this insurance news included a 32.8 percent increase over the operating profits at the same time in 2011, as well as a drop in natural catastrophe claims, and that property and casualty profits have edged upward. Overall, the insurer feels that this year was almost five times better than last year. Of course, it needs to be taken into account that in…

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Spain may benefit from EU insurance plan

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EU insurance plan could help Spain recover from financial troubles The European Union has been struggling to rein in on a dire financial crisis that has threatened the economic stability of several countries in the region. The governing body has turned to the insurance industry to aid in recovery and the mitigation of a future crisis and insurers has, thus far, proven to be a powerful ally in this endeavor. Several countries suffering from the effects of the financial crisis have benefited from the involvement of the insurance industry. Now, the European…

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Italy turns to the insurance industry to help with crippling debt crisis

Italy is on the verge of a financial meltdown, which may have dire ramifications for the global economy. Investors and financial institutions have begun casting doubt on Italy’s ability to survive a financial disaster, and now the government is turning to the insurance industry for help. Italian officials are looking to adopt disaster insurance to help mitigate the impact of a potential economic catastrophe. The country’s debt – more than $2 trillion – could mean that it is beyond rescue, even for the insurance industry. The insurance industry in Europe…

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