January 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Snoopy is getting out of the banking business. Insurance giant MetLife Inc., which uses Peanuts characters as its corporate mascots, on Monday closed a deal to sell its banking assets. GE Capital Retail Bank, a subsidiary of General Electric Co., acquired MetLife Bank's $6.4 billion in deposits and its online banking operation, the companies announced. Financial terms of the deal were not released. The move came after MetLife Bank's federal regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, approved the transaction last month.
April 24, 2012 |
Life insurance giant MetLife Inc. will shell out roughly $500 million in a multistate settlement of its alleged failure to pay death benefits to heirs, regulators said. MetLife, however, said it will pay out about $438 million over the next 17 years, with $188 million going to beneficiaries this year. Insurance regulators from dozens of states had accused the company and others of delaying or withholding life insurance payments to many of its policyholders. About $40 million of the total is likely to end up in California, said State Controller John Chiang, who waged a multiyear audit of life insurance companies' operations.
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.
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.
December 8, 2010 |
American International Group Inc. has struck a deal to repay a Federal Reserve credit line as the insurer seeks independence from the government. AIG will use proceeds from the sales of two non-U.S. life insurance units to repay the line, on which it owed about $21 billion as of last week, the New York-based company said Wednesday in a filing. The deal was struck with entities including the Treasury Department, which holds a $49-billion preferred stake in the company. The Treasury Department plans to convert its investment into about 1.66 billion shares of common stock, or about 92% of the total, by March 15. The stake will then be sold to private investors.
February 13, 2002 |
MetLife Inc. had a loss in the fourth quarter, reflecting stagnant sales and losses on investments in Enron Corp. and Argentina. The largest U.S. life insurer also incurred expenses of $489 million as it fired staff and set aside money to settle lawsuits. The New York-based company's net loss was $296 million, or 41 cents a share, compared with net income of $591 million, or 74 cents, a year earlier. Revenue was little changed at $8.4 billion.
February 17, 2011 |
Major U.S. banks are about to get penalized for "critical deficiencies" and shortcomings in how they handled foreclosures, a top federal regulator said Thursday at a Senate Banking Committee hearing examining the Dodd-Frank Act six months after its congressional approval. "These deficiencies have resulted in violations of state and local foreclosure laws, regulations or rules," said John Walsh, acting comptroller of the currency. Banking regulators are preparing sanctions and "remedial requirements," he said.
October 3, 2008 |
New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer was accused of speeding the failure of IndyMac Bancorp in July. Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is getting credit for sparking a blistering sell-off in insurance stocks. Shares of MetLife Inc., Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc. all fell by double-digit percentages Thursday after Reid said Wednesday that the financial-system bailout plan was crucial because a large insurer was at risk of failing.