Insurance reporter for Bloomberg News.

Axa Cites Marriage of Jacob in Defending Derivatives — To fight wrong-headed oversight, insurers traditionally turn to lobbyists and lawmakers. Axa SA (CS) is picking up the Bible. Some regulators have proposed restrictions on contracts that they see as new and risky. The Bible shows there is a long history of making such deals, said Christian Thimann, who joined Axa SA from the European Central Bank this year.

Oaktree Will Pay Wintrob at Least $5 Million as First CEO — Oaktree Capital Group LLC (OAK), the world's biggest distressed-debt investor, will pay Jay Wintrob at least $5 million a year as chief executive officer. Wintrob will be paid in cash and operating units as part of a profit-sharing plan, in which he'll receive at least 1.5 percent of the firm's operating income, Los Angeles-based Oaktree said in a regulatory filing today.

JPMorgan’s Data Breach Reveals Growth Market for Insurers — Insurers flush with capital are rushing to grab part of an expanding cyber coverage market that's been spurred on by high-profile hackings at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Home Depot Inc. Sales are set to double this year from about $1 billion in 2013, according to Bob Parisi, head of the network security and privacy practice at Marsh, the insurance brokerage arm of Marsh & McLennan Cos.

Buffett Says He’d Bet on Clinton Presidential Victory — Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said he thinks Hillary Clinton will be the next U.S. president. "Hillary is going to win," Buffett said today at the Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California. "I will bet money on it. I don't do that easily."

Marks’s Oaktree Names Ex-AIG Executive Wintrob as First CEO — Oaktree Capital Group LLC named Jay Wintrob, the former head of American International Group Inc.'s life insurance business, as its first chief executive officer. Wintrob, who's been a member of Oaktree's board since 2011, announced his departure from AIG last month after he was passed over in the company's search for a new CEO.

Ex-AIG Chief’s Lament Is Missing Time With Rabbi Daughter — After five years rebuilding American International Group Inc. (AIG) in the wake of a government bailout, Robert Benmosche said his biggest regret has nothing to do with the turnaround of the insurer. It was that he missed most of a Jewish High Holiday prayer service that his daughter, Nehama, led in Florida shortly after he took over as AIG's chief executive officer in 2009.

MetLife Challenges Risk Tag, Sets Stage for Court Clash — MetLife Inc. (MET), the largest U.S. life insurer, is challenging a U.S. finding that it poses a potential risk to the financial system if it were to fail. MetLife requested a hearing before the Financial Stability Oversight Council, or FSOC, to explain why the firm shouldn't be considered a systemic risk, the New York-based insurer said today in a regulatory filing.

Berkowitz’s Fairholme Loses Annual Gain on Fannie-Freddie — Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) --- Bruce Berkowitz's main mutual fund erased more than a year of gains yesterday after a court ruling sent the value of securities tied to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tumbling. The Fairholme Fund (FAIRX) fell 9.6 percent, which dropped the fund's price back to where it was in July 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Hedge Funds Hit With Right Hook on Fannie-Freddie Ruling — Investors in star money manager Bruce Berkowitz's main mutual fund have lost about $600 million as securities tied to Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) plummet. The value of the $8 billion Fairholme Fund's stakes in preferred and common shares of the U.S.

Buffett’s ‘Big Show’ Recruits Underwhelm AIG’s Benmosche — Bloomberg News Robert Benmosche, who led American International Group Inc. ( AIG:US) for half a decade, said an emerging challenge from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. hasn't amounted to much so far. Buffett's firm recruited AIG executives beginning last year to expand commercial coverage under the Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance brand.
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