February 2, 2005 |
American Express Co. said Tuesday that it would spin off its financial advisory business so it could focus on the faster-growing charge card, payments processing and travel businesses. The announcement by the New York-based company came a day after Citigroup Inc. said it would sell its Travelers life insurance business to MetLife Inc. Both moves suggest that the "supermarket" approach to financial services that was so popular in the 1980s and 1990s may be proving cumbersome.
February 24, 2011 |
American International Group Inc. posted its first profit in three quarters Thursday on gains from divestitures. Fourth-quarter net income of $11.2 billion, or $16.60 a share, compares with a loss of $8.87 billion, or $65.51, a year earlier, the New York-based insurer said in a regulatory filing. Chief Executive Robert Benmosche raised almost $37 billion last year selling American Life Insurance Co. to MetLife Inc. and divesting a majority stake in AIA Group Ltd. in a public offering.
October 18, 2006 |
MetLife Inc. said Tuesday that it had agreed to sell two adjoining Manhattan apartment complexes for $5.4 billion in one of the largest U.S. real estate transactions on record. The company said it would sell Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town to a joint venture of New York real estate developer Tishman Speyer and the realty unit of BlackRock Inc.
May 27, 2002 |
MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. insurer, agreed to buy Mexico's state-owned Aseguradora Hidalgo for $962 million in cash, outbidding Spanish and Mexican insurers trying to expand in Latin America's biggest economy. The combined company would be Mexico's second-largest insurer. Mexico also received offers from Spain's Corporacion Mapfre and Grupo Financiero Inbursa, the banking and insurance company owned by Latin America's richest man, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
February 2, 2012 |
The California Department of Insurance and regulators from six other states announced Thursday that they signed a settlement with Prudential Insurance Co. of America that requires the insurer to use enhanced research techniques to find beneficiaries of life insurance policies. The agreement, said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, should "ensure that when life insurance policyholders die, their beneficiaries receive the benefits owed. " Prudential is the first of more than half a dozen targeted insurance companies to settle with California and the other states, which include Florida, Illinois, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
January 22, 2013 |
KB Home and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. are forming a joint venture that will offer home loans to KB customers across the country, so they can shop for a house and a mortgage at the same time. Nationstar, of Lewisville, Texas, agreed last year to be KB's preferred lender, providing representatives to pitch mortgages to potential buyers at KB's tracts of new homes. Those employees will now work for Home Community Mortgage, the new company jointly owned by KB and Nationstar. Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive of Los Angeles-based KB, called the venture a “natural progression” for the nation's fifth-largest home builder.
December 25, 2001 |
Hallmark Cards Inc. settled a patent suit by Tumbleweed Communications Corp. that accused the largest greeting card company of infringing patents for sending greeting cards over the Web. Hallmark agreed to license Tumbleweed's technology for Hallmark.com products. The patents include a system for sending an e-mail delivery notification to the recipient. Financial terms weren't released.
October 10, 2008 |
New applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week from a seven-year high, the Labor Department said Thursday, although claims remain at elevated levels that indicate recession. And new job cuts announced after the report was released indicate Thursday's good news is likely to be short lived. Initial claims for jobless benefits dropped 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 478,000, the department said, the same level that Wall Street economists expected.
June 3, 2005 |
Citigroup Inc., the world's biggest bank, may do an asset swap with financial services firm Legg Mason Inc. that would get the former out of the mutual fund business and the latter out of the brokerage business. Citigroup may swap its $460-billion asset management business for Legg Mason's 1,540 brokers, people familiar with the discussions said Thursday.
September 15, 2001 |
General Electric Co., the largest company by market value, said Friday that its third-quarter profit will be less than analysts' forecasts because of an estimated $400 million in losses at its reinsurance business after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The company said net income will be about 33 cents a share, 4 cents less than the average estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial/First Call. General Electric had profit of 32 cents a share in the year-ago period.