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The SEC accused two robo-advising firms with misleading clients.

American regulators target robo-advisers

America’s chief investment regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is cracking down on robo advisers. In particular, the SEC is fining prominent robo...
General Electric

General Electric’s massive debts risk breaking it up

General Electric (GE), one of the most iconic names in American business, is cracking up because of debts. A company founded by Thomas Edison...
Wildfires in California, CA

American insurers enter the firefighting business

Climate change is forcing American insurance companies to enter the firefighting business. Chubb, in particular, operates its own fire brigade called Wildfire Defense Services. The...
CVS Health takes over Aetna insurer

CVS Aetna takeover signals US healthcare consolidation

America’s private health insurance system is rapidly becoming centralized. Shareholders approved drugstore giant CVS Health takeover of the insurance company Aetna Inc. The $69 billion...
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US Supreme Court Amex ruling changes credit card business

The United States Supreme Court greatly increased the amount of control that credit card companies, banks, and online platforms have over the retail process...
Man holding a sign 'End Gun Violence' at March for Our Lives protest in Santa Barbara, California

Murder insurance exposes insurers to political risks

Politically motivated regulatory action is a growing threat to insurers, particularly in America. Accusations that “murder insurance” was being sold to gun owners prompted the...
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Students gambling their loans on cryptocurrency investments

Slightly more than one in five US college students, 21.2%, admitted to financing cryptocurrency purchases with student-loan funds, a study by The Student Loan...
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Ending NAFTA risks hurting North American economies

Every insurer needs to ascertain the potential risks of the sudden termination or modification of international trade agreements. The havoc wreaked by the Brexit...
MetLife Headquarters Building in New York, USA

US drops MetLife case and abandons stricter regulation of insurers

The US government is abandoning efforts to impose stricter regulation on insurance companies’ financial activities. The new policy is coming at a time when...
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The risks from election hacking

Allegations of election hacking in the United States have exposed the vulnerability of modern political systems to outside interference. The reaction to the hacking...
US Navy caught prisoners by Iran's National Guard

Ransom Insurance: The US $400 Million Payment to Iran

A political scandal in the United States is shining a spotlight on an obscure and morally-questionable sector of the insurance market: kidnap and ransom...
The Hanover Insurance Group

Hanover Insurance Group’s net income down to $2M in Q2

Massachusetts-based Hanover Insurance Group has seen a sharp decline in net income in the second quarter of 2016 owing to catastrophe and large losses,...
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AIG sells Mortgage Guaranty Unit to Arch Capital for $3.4 Billion deal

American International Group has announced on August 15 that it would sell its mortgage-guaranty unit to Arch Capital Group Ltd, a Bermuda-based writer of...
health insurer Anthem office building

US Justice Department moves to block health insurer deals

By Caroline Humer and Carl O'Donnell NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. antitrust officials on Thursday moved to block an unprecedented consolidation of the national health...

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