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Ivy League Insurers

by Heather R. Maki

Wealthy clients need advisors to identify the elite insurers that genuinely serve their special needs.

Millionaires Take $80 Million In U.S. Jobless Aid


The U.S. government paid almost $80 million in unemployment benefits during the worst of the economic downturn to households that made more than $1 million, including a record $29...

Wealthy Overpay To Be Underinsured, Study Says


Most high-net-worth individuals and families insured by mass-market carriers pay too much for insurance, while remaining exposed to serious financial risks, according to a new study.

Stormy Weather

by Leila Boulton

More frequent and intense storms are driving up insurance premiums in the luxury home market.

Erie Billionaire Hagen Revealed As Car Premiums Surge


Susan Hirt Hagen, the daughter of Henry Orth Hirt, one of the pioneers of the car insurance industry, has been a billionaire for years -- and has never appeared on an international wealth ranking.

Sandy Churns Up $40M In NYC Art Insurance Claims

Axa SA said it has received $40 million in claims for damaged art in the Chelsea district.

ACE Provides Identity Theft Protection


ACE Private Risk Services is offering expanded insurance coverage to high-net-worth clients that protects against identity theft.

High-End Protection

by Raymond Fazzi

Pure insurance focuses exclusively on U.S. residents with homes valued at $1 million and up.

Avoiding Insurance Landmines

by Keith M. Bloomfield and Frank W. Seneco

Premium financing is an excellent way to insert life insurance into an estate plan, but faulty structuring can prove disastrous.

Frank Crystal Unveils Program To Cover High-End Collectibles


Frank Crystal & Company recently announced it created its Art Finance Group to help investors obtain proper insurance for fine art and other collectibles such as wine and jewelry.

Sun Life To Stop Selling U.S. Variable Annuity Products

Sun Life Financial Inc. (SLF), Canada's third-largest insurer, plans to stop selling variable annuities and individual life insurance products in the U.S. 

Hartford To Sell Placement Unit To Philadelphia For $118M

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., the insurer that repaid a $3.4 billion bailout last year, agreed to sell a unit serving wealthy clients to Philadelphia Financial Group Inc. for $117...

Millionaires Elbow Insurers Out Of Alpine Property Market

Swiss insurers are finding property investments less profitable as millionaires push up apartment prices in Geneva, Zurich and Basel.

The Rockin' Renaissance Man

by Thomas M. Kostigen

He's best known for his serpentine tongue and devilish makeup, but Gene Simmons is a dead serious businessman.

Annuities In Estate Planning

by Mary Ann Mancini, John L. Olsen and Melvin A. Warshaw

Annuities are often shunned by estate planners, but there are circumstances in which they can be useful, even in the largest estates.

Court Upholds 17-Year Sentence For Insurance Co. Looting

Martin Frankel's 17-year prison sentence for looting $209 million from seven U.S. insurance companies was upheld by the federal appeals court in Manhattan.

Hedge Fund Sees Opportunity In Disaster Coverage

Hurricane and earthquake "peak risks" avoided by reinsurers offer an opportunity for investors willing to fill the gap, according to a hedge fund specializing on insurance-linked investments.

BlackRock Says Insurers May Be New Loan Capital

BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, said insurers may buy leveraged loans as they seek to boost portfolio returns, replacing investors that retreated from the market.

Health Insurers Pool $1 Trillion To Spot Trends

Major health insurers are pooling more than $1 trillion in claims data and creating an institute to cull the statistics and identify the drivers of higher health spending.

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