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Financial services and insurance, editors' picks

Editors' picks for the week include a report on how the P&C industry evaded a third-quarter net loss and an article discussing the probable impact of the tax bill's individual mandate repeal on the health market.

$958M State Farm sale-leaseback deal a precursor to CMBS transaction

A portion of a mortgage loan on a new 2 million-square-foot Tempe, Ariz., office complex serves as the collateral for a single-borrower commercial mortgage-backed securitization sponsored by a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. affiliate.

US P&C industry escaped Q3 net loss on Berkshire's BofA warrant exercise

Realized gains on the surrender of Bank of America Corp. preferred stock and the exercise of warrants to purchase common stock during the third quarter by the property and casualty units of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. kept the U.S. property and casualty insurance industry from posting its first statutory net loss since the second quarter of 2011.

Tax bill's individual mandate repeal could weaken health market: news analysis

A provision in the tax cut bill to defang the requirement that every American purchase health insurance stayed intact as Congress neared a vote on the revised bill Dec. 19.

Some insurtech firms win funds from incumbents, while some go it alone

Some of the world's largest insurers helped raise funds for insurtech startups in 2017, lending more credibility to the space and nudging the industry toward accepting newer technologies like artificial intelligence and big data.

Bigger IPOs in '18 can give more bounce to FIG rebound

The number of U.S. financial institution IPOs rebounded in 2017 after a dismal 2016, and some sizable transactions are on the horizon for 2018.