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Should Berkshire Hathaway be designated systemically important?

According to reports the Bank of England has written to the U.S. Treasury to ask why the reinsurance business of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has been left off the initial list of financial institutions that are deemed systemically important, or too big to fail.It's a good question. At this stage read the full article →

Fosun hails ‘Buffett model’, set to acquire more re/insurance firms

Private-owned global investment and asset management conglomerate, Fosun International Limited’s adoption of Warren Buffett’s reinsurance and investment model is proving to be a success, as the China-based organisation eyes further acquisitions.The Shanghai firm has been taking big steps towards its goal of becoming an “insurance-oriented investment group” since its 80% read the full article →

Re/insurance. The engine of Berkshire Hathaway: Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett's much-anticipated 50th anniversary letter to Berkshire Hathaway investors was published on Saturday and the 'Sage of Omaha' explained that insurance and reinsurance has been "the engine" that propelled the firm's expansion.Buffett's was the first to truly discover the value of insurance premium float, by building huge pools of read the full article →

Warren Buffett: U.S. catastrophe rates too low for Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett, chairman of diversified investment, insurance and reinsurance firm Berkshire Hathaway, said yesterday that his firm has pulled back from U.S. catastrophe reinsurance business as the rates are no longer attractive.Warren Buffett was being interviewed by CNBC for its Squawkbox programme yesterda, Friday 14th March, when he said that Berkshire read the full article →

How Berkshire Hathaway thinks of reinsurance float: Warren Buffett

Today saw the publication of one of the most interesting shareholder letters of the year, high-profile investor Warren Buffett's letter to shareholders in his diversified investments, insurance and reinsurance firm Berkshire Hathaway.Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is perhaps the archetypal follower of the hedge fund style, or asset manager backed, reinsurance strategy read the full article →

The Aon-Berkshire sidecar at Lloyd’s: a glimpse into the future of underwriting?

Ever since the news emerged back in March that global insurance and reinsurance broking power-house Aon had teamed up with Warren Buffett’s reinsurance giant Berkshire Hathaway to provide a sidecar type facility at Lloyd's of London, the media has been awash with opinions on whether it is a positive or read the full article →

Aon CEO Case says Berkshire Hathaway sidecar at Lloyd’s a net positive

Global insurance and reinsurance intermediary Aon held its first-quarter 2013 earnings conference call last Friday and one of the topics discussed was the brokers recent agreement with Warren Buffett’s reinsurance firm Berkshire Hathaway bringing sidecar reinsurance type capacity to Aon's customers at Lloyd’s of London. The agreement has come up read the full article →

Swiss Re settles life retrocession dispute with Berkshire Hathaway

Reinsurer Swiss Re has announced that its dispute with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway regarding a 2010 life retrocession deal has now been settled. The settlement will see Swiss Re take back some of the life exposure included in the retro deal and the reinsurer will receive a payment of $610m read the full article →

Berkshire Hathaway providing capacity for Aon’s new Lloyd’s based sidecar

Interesting news today as an announcement comes from broker Aon saying that they have signed an agreement with Warren Buffett's reinsurance giant Berkshire Hathaway which will see the two firms team up to bring sidecar style capacity to retail customers of the broker at Lloyd's. The first sidecar of its read the full article →