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AIG rescue news raises new questions for the market

The welcome news that AIG is to be bailed out by the Federal Reserve Bank through an $85 billion loan seems to have calmed fears in the markets, despite questions over whether this injection will be sufficient to stabilize the ailing insurer. For now, however, it seems that while the Fed was prepared to let Lehman file for bankruptcy, the demise of AIG was too much for it to bear.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2008
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AIG seeking life raft in the wake of the Lehman storm

AIG has seen its share price tumble amid doubts over its financial stability. As a result, the US's largest insurer is looking for ways to come through its current financial crisis. Although the source of this solution remains unclear, a decision needs to be made as soon as possible, before the mounting financial crisis worsens.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Sep 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

AIG: insurance regulators must find delicate balance

AIG, the insurer at the centre of an accounting scandal, has admitted that a transaction between itself and General Re was incorrectly recorded as an insurance deal. AIG's misdemeanor comes at a time when the global insurance industry is under severe scrutiny. While insurers must act to put their house in order, over zealous regulation is unlikely to help their efforts.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alea Group: time to sell up?

Following Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the specialist insurer and reinsurer Alea from A- to BBB+, it is questionable whether the group can continue to meet its obligations, particularly if trading conditions were to worsen. The effects of Hurricane Katrina will do little to ameliorate the climate for insurers, and the company may yet be forced to put itself up for sale.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2005
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Allianz finally delivers full-cycle e-trading, focusing on SMEs

Online broker platforms are supposed to be an easy and comprehensive way for brokers to research and buy insurance products for their customers, catering very well to SMEs. Allianz is the last of the large insurers to deliver a full-cycle platform focused on the SME sector.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Apr 2013
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Allianz focuses on direct and partnerships

Allianz achieved growth in personal lines through the direct and partnership channels in 2012, while growth from the broker segment of the business was sacrificed to attain an underwriting profit. The insurer is increasing its focus on the direct and partnership channels for private motor insurance distribution going forward. This is a sensible move that is in line with current consumer trends.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2013
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Allianz has big plans to grow in commercial

Despite limited room for growth in the commercial space, Allianz plans to expand its book by £1bn over the next two years. It will have to sacrifice a share of its profits in order to achieve its target and see the expected returns.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2014
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Allianz improves its personal lines COR and extends profitable partnerships

Allianz has signed a three-year deal with EE to underwrite mobile phone insurance. With EE's 27 million-customer base this partnership will provide an opportunity for further growth, supporting the positive performance in Allianz's personal lines business in 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Nov 2012
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Allianz targets talented staff early

More insurers need to follow Allianz's example of targeting school leavers if the industry is to attract and secure talented individuals.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2014
CommentWire
CommentWire

Allianz: another entrant into burgeoning Islamic insurance sector

Global insurance giant Allianz is to launch a range of Shariah law-compliant services in southeast Asia as it looks to take advantage of the growing demand for the religiously and ethically sensitive products. With awareness of the new Takaful insurance sector taking-off, those who can get in early are almost certainly in line to prosper.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jan 2006

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