Industry Maintained Strong Ratings in a Very Tough 2002, S&P Says
- U.K. life cos. face growing financial pressures. Howard, Lisa S. // National Underwriter / Life & Health Financial Services;3/11/96, Vol. 10 Issue 11, p6
Reveals that life insurers in the United Kingdom face a long-term downward trend in underlying financial strength, according to Standard & Poor's in a review of the life insurance industry. Growing burdens of compliance and disclosure; Pressures on overloaded expense structures of insurers;...
- THE MYSTERY OF THE $890 BILLION INSURER. McLean, Bethany // Fortune;5/16/2005, Vol. 151 Issue 10, p135
Focuses on Bill Ackman, of Gotham Partners, and his attempts to expose MBIA's faulty business plan. Details of MBIA, a small company that has funded many things including the Eurotunnel and DreamWorks movies; Standard & Poor's triple A rating of MBIA, a rarity; Comments from MBIA chief executive...
- Stable Outlook Seen for Zurich. // American Banker;9/22/2003, Vol. 168 Issue 182, p8
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said it has revised its outlook, to stable, from negative, on the core operating entities of the Swiss insurance group Zurich Financial Services AG and on its parent, Zurich Group Holding. At the same time, Standard & Poor's affirmed its A-plus/A-1 counterparty...
- Centre Solutions Gets S&P's FER. // National Underwriter / Property & Casualty Risk & Benefits Manag;12/04/2000, Vol. 104 Issue 49, p20
Reports the financial enhancement rating of Centre Solutions (Bermuda) Ltd. and subsidiaries by Standard & Poor's company. Explanations for the ratings.
- Most insurers' subprime exposure limited: S&P. Casale, Jeff // Business Insurance;10/20/2008, Vol. 42 Issue 42, p29
The article reveals that global insurers generally appear well-positioned to withstand volatility stemming from the credit crisis because of their low exposure to mortgage-backed securities, according to Standard & Poor's Corp. Though many insurers saw negative rating actions from S&P, its...
- Life Insurance Companies Turning to Securitization To Optimize Their Capitalization. // Insurance Advocate;10/27/2001, Vol. 112 Issue 41, p36
Focuses on a report released by Standard & Poor's which revealed the trend of life insurance companies considering securitization process to optimize their capital use and improve earnings. Description of securitization process; Pros and cons of the approach; Other key findings of the survey.
- Reserve Adequacy Improving: Moody's. Sclafane, Susanne // National Underwriter / Property & Casualty Risk & Benefits Manag;2/9/2004, Vol. 108 Issue 5, p6
Reports that insurance reserve adequacy seems to have rebounded from its low point and is steadily improving. Ratings agency report; Indication that the year-end deficiency might dip below $30 billion; Observation that the special report takes the heat off actuaries; December 2003 report by...
- Ins. Co. liquidity a major rating issue. Desky, Drew // National Underwriter / Life & Health Financial Services;6/5/95, Vol. 99 Issue 23, p37
Discusses the rating issues considered in determining insurance companies' liquidity in the United States. Determination of allowability of liquid assets; Certainty of maturity obligations; Liquidity standards of Standard & Poor's.
- French insurers dispute ratings. Shapiro, Stacy // Business Insurance;4/25/94, Vol. 28 Issue 17, p39
Features reasons for the downgrading of Standard & Poor's ratings of French insurance companies. Reflection of external factors that have undermined profitability; Decline of real estate and stock values in France; Doubts of AXA Group as to the assessment's being up-to-date.