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Global insurance, editors' picks

Editors' picks for the week include a look at a fraternal society's bank selling deposits and how Lloyd's of London is trying to reassure European reinsurance buyers as Brexit nears.

Citizens Property's Michael projection a fraction of Irma claims, industry loss

Citizens Property Insurance Corp.'s losses from Hurricane Michael will fall well short of those it incurred from Hurricane Irma both on an absolute basis and relative to the rest of the industry. The experience is not unexpected given that Citizens' market share in the Panhandle counties hit hardest by Michael is considerably smaller than in those most impacted by Irma.

Last of a dying breed, fraternal society's bank to sell $225M in deposits

The last U.S. fraternal benefit society to directly engage in full-service banking is joining two other peers that previously exited or materially repurposed such businesses in recent years.

Horace Mann sees distribution network growth from National Teachers deal

The addition of National Teachers Associates Life Insurance is expected to diversify Horace Mann's revenue mix, reduce earnings volatility and add new geographies, Horace Mann CEO Marita Zuraitis said during a call to discuss the deal.

Lloyd's moves to reassure European reinsurance buyers after report of Covéa snub

European insurers can "safely" pursue buying reinsurance from the market's syndicates, Lloyd's of London insisted, after a report that French mutual insurer SGAM Covéa has taken some business elsewhere due to Brexit concerns.
'Huge relief' for UK life insurer Just Group after regulator's 'about-turn'

'Huge relief' for UK life insurer Just Group after regulator's 'about-turn'

U.K.-based Just Group PLC's shares jumped almost 20% in Dec. 10 trading following the U.K.'s Prudential Regulation Authority's softening of proposed rules about the capital that life insurers need to support their holdings of equity release mortgages. The company's shareholders considered the announcement a "huge relief."