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8:24 a.m. Today - By Quentin Fottrell
My sister put our mother in a nursing home, where she died of COVID-19. Should I take legal action against her or the care facility? My sister put our mother in a nursing home, where she died of COVID-19. Should I take legal action against her or the nursing home?My sister put our mother in a nursing home, where she died of COVID-19. Should I take legal action against her or the nursing home?
9:18 p.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - MarketWatch
AXA 2020 earnings fall amid coronavirus hitAXA SA said Thursday that underlying earnings for 2020 fell mostly due to the impact of coronavirus-related property and casualty claims and higher natural catastrophes. The French insurance giant said underlying earnings for the year fell to 4.26 billion euros ($5.18 billion) from EUR6.45 billion, while net profit slipped to EUR3.16 billion from EUR3.86 billion.
9:15 p.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - MarketWatch
Munich Re profit weighed by coronavirusMunich Re AG said Thursday that profit fell in the fourth quarter of last year as its business suffered high losses due to a hit from the coronavirus pandemic. The German reinsurance company reported a net profit of 212 million euros ($257.6 million) for the quarter, down from EUR217 million a year earlier.
3:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I am held hostage in my own home’: My husband’s son lives with us. He is physically abusive and menacing ‘Because my stepson has mental-health issues, my husband thinks we cannot kick him out of the house until he is able to sustain himself’‘Because my stepson has mental-health issues, my husband thinks we cannot kick him out of the house until he is able to sustain himself’
9:19 p.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - MarketWatch
Net profit rises for reinsurer ScorScor SE said Wednesday its fourth-quarter net profit rose, while gross written premiums fell. Net profit for the period rose to 99 million euros ($120.3 million) at constant exchange rates from EUR21 million, the French reinsurer said. Gross written premiums declined 4.7% to EUR4.09 billion at constant exchange rates, it said.
6:50 p.m. Feb. 23, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My fiancé wants me off the deed and mortgage to our new home. If I don’t agree, he says we’ll stay engaged forever ‘The house is appreciating daily due to its location, and he wants his children to inherit it. He wants me to pay rent, which essentially leaves nothing for my children’‘The house is appreciating daily due to its location, and he wants his children to inherit it. He wants me to pay rent, which essentially leaves nothing for my children.’
9:49 p.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - MarketWatch
Standard Life Aberdeen sells brand to PhoenixStandard Life Aberdeen PLC said Tuesday that it is simplifying and extending its strategic partnership with Phoenix Group Holdings PLC, and that it will sell its Standard Life brand to the company during 2021.
9:20 p.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - MarketWatch
Aviva to sell French business for $3.89 billionAviva PLC said Tuesday that it is selling its French business to mutual insurer Aema Groupe for 3.2 billion euros ($3.89 billion) in cash. The FTSE 100 listed insurer said the deal is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The company said the deal will significantly strengthen its liquidity position and realize considerable value for shareholders.
8:08 a.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My father is trustee of my late mother’s estate. He is marrying again, and won’t distribute our inheritance ‘He and his new wife have already traveled to France together, and apparently intend to live it up on his personal trust and their combined income’‘He and his new wife have already traveled to France together, and apparently intend to live it up on his personal trust and their combined income.’
8:08 a.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wife and I are in our 60s. Should we skip our undeserving children and leave everything to our grandkids instead? ‘We don’t want the middle generation to gain from our estate while cheating our grandkids out of their rightful inheritance’‘We don’t want the middle generation to gain from our estate while cheating our grandkids out of their rightful inheritance.’
5:16 a.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Allstate boosts dividend by 50%, to yield more than double the S&P 500Shares of Allstate Corp. rose 0.2% in morning trading Monday, after the property and casualty insurer said it was raising its dividend by 50%, to 81 cents a share from 54 cents. The new dividend will be payable April 1 to shareholders of record on March 4. Based on current stock prices, the new annual dividend rate implies a dividend yield of 3.13%, compared with the yield on the SPDR S&P Insurance ETF of 1.77% and the implied yield for the S&P 500 of 1.48%, according to FactSet. "Allstate's return on equity is among the highest in the insurance industry and this materially increases our payout ratio and current dividend yield," said Chief Financial Officer Mario Rizzo. "It also demonstrates our commitment to a capital deployment strategy that creates shareholder value." The stock has edged up 3.5% over the past three months, while the insurance ETF has gained 7.2% and the S&P 500 has advanced 9.3%.
2:20 a.m. Feb. 22, 2021 - By Ciara Linnane
Oscar Health launches IPO with plans to offer 31 million shares priced at$32 to $34 eachOscar Health Inc. on Monday launched an initial public offering with plans to offer 31 million shares priced at $32 to $34 each. The health insurer is planning to list on the New York Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol 'OSCR.' There are 10 banks underwriting the deal, led by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley Allen & Co. LLC. Oscar Health was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in New York city. The company offers individual and family health insurance, small group and Medicare Advantage plans. Proceeds of the deal will be used to repay debt and for general corporate purposes.
4:04 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My wealthy fiancée wants me to accept ‘standard-of-living’ costs should we divorce. I’m a proud veteran and won’t accept more than $50,000. Who’s right? ‘I have worked very hard for everything I have. I take pride in the fact that I’ve overcome a lot of adversity to be where I am now, and I’m happy with my finances’‘I have worked very hard for everything I have. I take pride in the fact that I’ve overcome a lot of adversity to be where I am now, and I’m happy with my finances.’
10:32 a.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
We were friendly with our neighbors for decades, until recently. One day, they introduced us to their financial adviser… ‘We dug trenches, poured concrete foundations, and worked to build our house; they hired contractors. They traded in cars frequently; we ran ours into the ground’‘We dug trenches, poured concrete foundations, and worked to build our house; they hired contractors. They traded in cars frequently; we ran ours into the ground.’
5:00 a.m. Feb. 20, 2021 - By Paul Brandus
Drug prices are rising faster than seniors can keep up How older Americans can save money on medicationsHow older Americans can save money on medications
9:10 a.m. Feb. 19, 2021 - By Ed Seaver
How to take advantage of an HSA now Health Savings Accounts: You’ll thank yourself in retirementHealth Savings Accounts: You’ll thank yourself in retirement
8:34 p.m. Feb. 18, 2021 - MarketWatch
Allianz operating profit rises; proposes dividendAllianz SE said Friday that operating profit for the fourth quarter increased, driven by all business segments, and proposed a dividend at the prior-year level. The German insurer said quarterly operating profit climbed to 2.98 billion euros ($3.60 billion) from EUR2.75 billion in the fourth quarter of 2019.
8:22 p.m. Feb. 18, 2021 - MarketWatch
Swiss Re swings to 2020 loss amid pandemicSwiss Re AG said Friday that it swung to a net loss for 2020 as coronavirus-related charges and reserves have weighed on its earnings and proposed a dividend flat on the year before. The Swiss reinsurer posted a net loss of $878 million compared with a profit of $727 million for 2019. Excluding its pandemic-related reserves and claims of $3.9 billion for 2020, net profit would have risen to $2.2 billion, it said.
11:31 a.m. Feb. 16, 2021 - MarketWatch
AIG earnings fell 10% in fourth quarter Insurance conglomerate American International Group Inc.'s net income swung to a loss on mark-to-market adjustments in hedging programs primarily for certain products sold by its life-insurance unit. The company's closely watched adjusted income fell 10% in the fourth quarter, hurt by additional Covid-19 costs.
2:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My ex-boyfriend and I contributed to our household based on our salaries. I’m now owed $23,000 in back pay. Do I pay him back? ‘He and I don’t really talk anymore, but we ended on relatively good terms, and I want to do the right thing’‘He and I don’t really talk anymore, but we ended on relatively good terms, and I want to do the right thing.’
5:21 p.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
I am my elderly husband’s caretaker, driver, butler and whipping post. He promised to leave his grandson his home — is that fair to me? ‘I took a vow for better or worse, but I am sure wife No. 1 got the better deal’‘I took a vow for better or worse, but I am sure wife No. 1 got the better deal.’
9:10 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By Howard Gold
Here’s how to set up a do-it-yourself estate plan Beneficiary designations can help you leave your money in most efficient wayBeneficiary designations can help you leave your money in most efficient way
8:51 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By rbisdale
What are the most unusual items you can write off on your 2020 taxes?MarketWatch's Quentin Fottrell fields live audience questions about insurance, taxes and estate planning to MarketWatch's Alessandra Malito, Andrew Keshner, and Beverly Goodman
8:12 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By rbisdale
How much insurance you need for your health, home, carMost of us don't think much about insurance, aside from choosing a health plan or insuring a car. It's confusing, but crucial. Carolyn McClanahan, Founder, Life Planning Partners, Inc. shares essential tips on health, life and other insurance.
4:59 a.m. Feb. 11, 2021 - By Robert Powell
How much income will your 401(k) provide? Helping to answer the looming retirement question: ‘Will I have enough?’Helping to answer the looming retirement question: ‘Will I have enough?’
8:57 p.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - MarketWatch
Aegon swings to loss, but profit beats forecastsAegon NV on Thursday reported a swing to net loss for the second half of 2020, but its adjusted profit beat forecasts on higher equity markets in the U.S. and asset management, as well as cost savings.
8:17 p.m. Feb. 10, 2021 - MarketWatch
Zurich Insurance operating profit falls 20%Zurich Insurance said Thursday that its operating profit fell in 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Full-year business operating profit at the Swiss insurer came to $4.24 billion, down 20% from $5.30 billion in 2019. Net income after tax attributable to shareholders fell 8% to $3.83 billion.
9:16 p.m. Feb. 8, 2021 - MarketWatch
Scor upbeat on outlook for renewals in 2021, 2022Scor SE is upbeat on the outlook for renewals this year and the next after it posted a nearly 16% premium growth in the January 2021 property and casualty reinsurance renewal season. The French reinsurer said Tuesday that its reinsurance treaty premium income up for renewal rose by almost 16% at constant exchange rates to 3.45 billion euros ($4.16 billion).
6:09 a.m. Feb. 8, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My ex-husband put his wife on his life-insurance before he died, going against our divorce. Now she’s battling me in court ‘My ex’s lawyer refused to provide copies of the policy that their lawyer sanctioned, and still has not followed multiple judicial rulings’‘My ex’s lawyer refused to provide copies of the policy that their lawyer sanctioned, and still has not followed multiple judicial rulings.’
9:12 a.m. Feb. 7, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I have been plagued by enormous guilt and regret:’ I tried to care for my late father, but I gave up. How can I ever forgive myself? ‘He was a good father, except everything had to be his way. But I know I was a cruel and horrible son’‘He was a good father, except everything had to be his way. But I know I was a cruel and horrible son.’
9:04 a.m. Feb. 5, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Atlantic American stock rockets nearly four-fold toward 34-year high, with no news releasedShares of Atlantic American Corp. skyrocketed nearly four fold on massive volume, putting the on track for the highest close since before Black Monday. The Atlanta-based insurance holding company's stock, up 272% in afternoon trading, was the biggest gainer trading on major U.S. exchanges. Trading volume exploded to 86.9 million shares, enough to make the stock the second most actively traded on the Nasdaq, and many multiples of the full-day average over the past 30 days of about 52,300 shares. The company confirmed to MarketWatch that it has not issued any press releases since it reported third-quarter results on Nov. 10. The stock, which is headed toward the highest close since April 1987, has now rallied 337.9% over the past 3 months, while the SPDR S&P Insurance ETF has edged up 1.3% and the S&P 500 has gained 10.7%
9:00 a.m. Feb. 5, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
News and analysis for those planning for or living in retirement Retirement news and analysisRetirement news and analysis
9:53 p.m. Feb. 4, 2021 - MarketWatch
Beazley swings to loss on higher claims activityBeazley PLC reported Friday a swing to a pretax loss for 2020 driven by a deteriorated combined ratio and said that it is very positive about its performance in 2021. The specialty insurer posted a pretax loss of $50.4 million compared with a profit of $267.7 million for the same period a year earlier.
12:03 p.m. Feb. 4, 2021 - MarketWatch
Prudential swings to first yearly loss since 2013Prudential Financial Inc. swung to a $374 million loss in 2020, stung by low interest rates and the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, but the insurance firm laid out plans to boost returns to investors, including resuming stock repurchases in the first quarter.
1:15 a.m. Feb. 4, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Cigna adjusted profit falls below expectations, but revenue beatsCigna Corp. reported Thursday a fourth-quarter adjusted profit that fell below expectations, while revenue rose above forecasts. The health services and insurance company's stock was still inactive in premarket trading. Net income rose to $4.14 billion, or $11.45 a share, from $977 million, or $2.60 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, such as gains from the sale of assets, adjusted earnings per share fell to $3.51 from $4.31, missing the FactSet consensus of $3.68. Total revenue rose 9.1% to $41.71 billion, topping the FactSet consensus of $39.96 billion, as pharmacy revenue and premiums both grew more than forecast. Total pharmacy customers at the end of 2020 rose 17.5% to 89.2 million, while total medical customers fell 2.8% to 16.7 million. "Our fourth quarter results were in line with expectations, as we continued to make investments in our customers, capabilities, and co-workers - all while covering elevated COVID-related costs," said Chief Executive David Cordani. The stock has gained 4.2% over the past three months, while the S&P 500 has advanced 11.2%.
9:11 p.m. Feb. 3, 2021 - MarketWatch
Hannover profit falls, but backs 2021 guidanceHannover Rueck SE said Thursday that its 2020 net profit fell on-year based on preliminary figures, and backed its guidance for 2021. The German reinsurer posted a net profit of 883 million euros ($1.06 billion) in 2020, down from EUR1.28 billion the previous year. Gross premium rose to EUR24.8 billion adjusted for exchange-rate effects, from EUR22.6 billion the year prior, the company said.
5:57 a.m. Feb. 3, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
When my parents died, my sisters and I split their estate. I chose a painting that may be worth $50,000. Should I tell them? ‘The process of dividing their estate was done equitably, and without stress or rancor. Until now’‘The process of dividing their estate was done equitably, and without stress or rancor. Until now.’
11:36 a.m. Feb. 2, 2021 - MarketWatch
Chubb's earnings, net premiums rise in Q4Chubb Ltd., the property and casualty insurance company, logged an increase in profit and net premiums written for its fourth quarter. Chubb's net income increased to $2.42 billion, from $1.17 billion a year earlier. Earnings were $5.34 a share, up from $2.57 a share. The company said core operating income was $3.18 a share.
1:11 p.m. Jan. 30, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband, 67, wants to leave his $2 million estate and home to his disabled daughter and his sister’s kids. Can he do that? I could outlive them ‘It just seems a little harsh that I can only have the house to live in and not sell it, if I need the money for future medical expenses. He’s very controlling of his money’‘It just seems a little harsh that I can only have the house to live in and not sell, if I need the money for future medical expenses. He’s very controlling of his money.’
8:03 a.m. Jan. 30, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘This is sheer economic waste. We distributed our $1,200 stimulus to our church:’ Why did we get these checks instead of poor Americans? ‘We do not light our fireplace with $100 bills, but we are comfortable’‘We do not light our fireplace with $100 bills, but we are comfortable.’
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