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Financial services and insurance, editors' picks for 2016

Editors' picks for 2016 include a three-part series on the state of the depository investment banking industry and a two-part interview with Ambac Financial Group Inc. CEO Nader Tavakoli.

1. Health co-op liquidations pit policyholders against taxpayers

The Obama administration's quiet reliance on "offsetting" to recoup millions in loans to failed health co-ops has drawn the ire of state regulators, who say the maneuver prevents policyholders and providers from receiving the money they are owed.

2. Genworth CEO says fixing long-term care crisis 100% in hands of state regulators

The CEO of Genworth Financial Inc., the largest U.S. long-term care insurance provider, sees a looming crisis for the industry and taxpayers. In a wide-ranging interview, Thomas McInerney said the solution requires cooperation from state regulators.

3. SEC review threatens growth of exchanges' lucrative market data fees

The SEC is nearing a decision that could either threaten the business model of top exchange operators or accelerate their growth by condoning higher market data fees.

4. AIG's Hancock faces ultimate test amid investor pressure, breakup calls

American International Group Inc. CEO Peter Hancock is facing the biggest test of his short tenure, as he readies a strategic response to calls to break up the insurance giant.

5. Turning bronze into gold, a three-part series on the state of the depository investment banking industry:

Turning bronze into gold, part 1

Piper Jaffray Cos. and Stephens Inc., relatively new entrants to depository investment banking, have learned firsthand just how competitive the space is.

Turning bronze into gold, part 2

Some investment banks believe slow-and-steady growth is the best way to win the highly competitive race to become the third-most active adviser in the bank M&A space.

Turning bronze into gold, part 3

Sandler O'Neill & Partners LP and Keefe Bruyette & Woods Inc., the depository investment banking leaders, aren't flinching as competitors make moves to gain market share.

6. Underwriters miss out, Citigroup makes out on Ironshore sale

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. again landed a significant sell-side engagement in a deal for Ironshore Inc. after the target was part of a dual-track M&A and IPO process.

7. A two-part interview with Ambac Financial CEO Nader Tavakoli:

Fresh off JPMorgan settlement, Ambac Financial's CEO sets sights on BofA (Part 1)

In the first part of a wide-ranging interview, Ambac Financial President and CEO Nader Tavakoli discussed his company's $995 million settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co., its ongoing litigation and its state-level work toward pulling its segregated account out of rehabilitation.

Ambac Financial's CEO on Puerto Rico's debt crisis and why bankruptcy would be the 'worst possible' outcome (Part 2)

In the second part of the interview, Tavakoli pushed for a long-term solution to Puerto Rico's debt crisis and discussed Ambac's dual-CEO structure and strategic future.