ACE Limited

  • You Should Add This Insurer to Your Portfolio

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, AGO, PGR

    Insurance companies were among the hardest hit during the global recession, but many are now posting major profits. Before getting too excited, however, many of these firms still suffer from fundamental setbacks. That's why it is important to take a look at the books and trends; this lets you see which of these companies are likely winners in the the years ahead and which could be losers.

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  • Shore up Your Portfolio With Insurance

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, PGR, TRV

    It seems that with the U.S. healthcare reform act there will be a lot more individuals with health insurance, which is great for the health insurers, but there are a few choice insurance investments that might be worth checking out.

    It appears that some of the major property and casualty insurers are being overlooked. The P&C insurance companies provide insurance on homes, cars, and businesses. As the economy more »

  • 5 Hot Dividend Picks From Income-Focused Mutual Funds: Part II

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, F, WAG

    In Part I of this series, we discussed three hot dividend picks that professional mutual funds have loved lately. Dividend growth investing has been especially appealing for income investors in the low-yield environment, in addition to this particular market-beating strategy. All these stocks yield more than 2% and are selected for review due to their dividend growth potential.

    Let’s take a look at the final two on our list more »

  • 5 Stocks That Are Better Investment Alternatives to the S&P 500

    By Brian Nichols - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, M, MMC, NI, NOC

    In a previous article, I looked at five stocks in particular that presented more growth, a better valuation, and paid out a better dividend than an investment in the S&P 500. In addition, these particular companies also increased their dividend last week, and while I already looked at five, there are also five more worth noting.

    In the last piece, I explained that I am using one of the more »

  • Is AIG a Good Stock to Buy?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 18, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, AIG, HIG, CB, TRV

    During the fourth quarter of 2012, American International Group (NYSE: AIG) replaced Apple as the most popular stock among hedge funds according to our database of 13F filings. 142 of the filers we track were long the bailed-out insurer going into 2013. Billionaire and Tiger Cub Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital initiated a position of almost 7 million shares between October and December (see Mandel's stock picks). Third more »

  • Is AIG a Good Stock to Buy?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, AIG, HIG, CB, TRV

    During the fourth quarter of 2012, American International Group (NYSE: AIG) replaced Apple as the most popular stock among hedge funds according to our database of 13F filings (find more stocks hedge funds loved). 142 of the filers which we track were long the bailed-out insurer going into 2013. Billionaire and Tiger Cub Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital initiated a position of almost 7 million shares between October and more »

  • IS ACE Limited a buy?

    By Debdulal Banerjee - February 5, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, AIG, TRV

    Ace Limited (NYSE: ACE) barely managed to sell through with Superstorm Sandy primarily wrecking the fourth quarter earnings with unrealized losses.  With Catastrophe losses (net of tax) jumped to $400 million last quarter, from $137 million of that of Q4’ 2011, the Zurich-based property and casualty insurer incurred higher losses from what it last estimated in December 2012. However, that did not dampen the full year results entirely.

    Performance

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  • Tax Havens

    By Reuben Brewer - February 2, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, MSFT, XL

    Golfer Phil Mickelson got in trouble when he off-handily commented that he might have to make some life changes to avoid paying what he claimed would be 62% of his earnings to the tax man. You can't blame him, but he isn't the only entity looking to save on taxes. Companies have been doing it for years. It's a good business decision no matter what the public thinks.

  • Big Opportunities From This Reorganization

    By Mike Thiessen - February 1, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, AIG, HIG, TRV

    Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE: HIG) is an insurance and financial firm based in Connecticut. The company has faced significant challenges over the past five years, but is having some success in repositioning the firm and moving forward.  Management refocused the firm on its property and casualty (P&C) insurance business and is eliminating businesses that do not fit this line.  Hartford has sold off non-core assets and is improving more »

  • 5 Undervalued Insurance Companies: But Which One Will Let You Claim a Payout?

    By Brendan O'Boyle - January 15, 2013 | Tickers: ACE, AFL, AWH, CB, TRV

    The insurance and reinsurance industries are highly cyclical and characterized by favorable pricing trends during periods of diminished underwriting capacity.  These years are followed by oversupply and less favorable pricing trends with a complete cycle lasting three to four years.  Mid-2011 witnessed a cyclical bottom in the insurance industry and it is expected that insurance companies will continue to outperform in the near term.  Below is a chart, which illustrates more »

  • Insurance: 4 Stocks to Avoid, 1 to Buy

    By Piyush Arora - December 24, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, AIG, PGR, ALL, CB

     

     
     
     
     
  • DRIP Your Way to Riches

    By Ted Cooper - November 15, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, DE, XOM, NSC, TGT

    Warren Buffett talks about compounding wealth over time, but many people wonder how exactly one does that. A Dividend Reinvestment Plan, or DRIP, is one such way. DRIPs are programs offered by many large companies to their shareholders. They enable shareholders to receive additional equity in lieu of a cash dividend (technically, the DRIP administrator issues a cash dividend and then automatically buys shares with the dividend without charging a more »

  • What’s an Insurance Stock’s Worst Nightmare?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - November 1, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, HIG, PGR, ALL, CB

    Hurricane Sandy is undoubtedly on everyone's minds, including property and casualty insurance companies. As the massive storm ripped across the East Coast it left a trail of destruction, from homes to commercial buildings. This is very bad news for the owners and families, but also bad news for insurance companies that will see a flood of claims.

    The Chubb Corporation (NYSE: CB) is one of the U.S.'s more »

  • Is AIG Still A Good Value?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - October 23, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, AIG, ALL, CB, TRV

    In late August, we suggested that the consensus among hedge fund managers that American International Group was a good stock to buy, due to the fact that the stock was low priced in terms of both its earnings and the book value of the equity. The government-rescued insurance company’s share price is up 5% since the beginning of September, carrying it to a 48% gain year to date. However more »

  • Billionaire John Paulson Made a Bundle from This Investment

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - October 11, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, CNA, HIG, CB, TRV

    Billionaire John Paulson’s Paulson & Co. owned 31 million shares of The Hartford Financial Services (NYSE: HIG) at the end of June. Paulson had previously taken a large position in the company and then urged Hartford to sell a number of its insurance operations, leaving the property and casualty insurance business to remain as the company’s primary focus. Hartford has since given Paulson quite a bit of what he more »

  • Can You Limit Your Risk With These Stocks?

    By Chad Henage - October 2, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, CINF, MFC

    I've found some of my best investment ideas by using a stock screener in the past. The advantage of a screener is it allows the investor to weed through thousands of companies and spits out just the ones that meet your criteria. A common screen I run from time to time, is one looking for highly rated dividend paying stocks. The Motley Fool CAPS Screener is perfect for this as the CAPS community rates companies on a 1 – 5 star scale. Five star stocks represent companies that The Motley Fool CAPS community are the most bullish on. When you combine this grass roots bullishness with a good yield, I think in many cases you are headed in the right direction. I recently ran a screen in the insurance sector of the market for companies rated 4 – 5 stars, with a 3% dividend.

  • P&C- The Next Big Thing

    By Sharmistha Banerjee - September 28, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, AIG, BRK-A

    It is a known fact that Insurance is big business throughout the world without which, no modern economy can move forward. Even though the scenario is challenging and volatile, it is just a matter of time when the market forces will be ruled by the Insurance sector.

    The Emerging Sector

    Natural catastrophes like earthquakes tornadoes and floods plague the industry at large. Calamities in 2011 produced $105 billion in insured more »

  • Innovation - Key to Growth in Insurance

    By Somnath Guha - September 21, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, PGR, ALL

    Innovation in marketing and product packaging is important for any industry.

    The insurance industry has managed to plod along without the major upheavals seen in many other sectors, but that is about to end. The direct result is that companies that seize the opportunity to innovate first will have a distinct advantage to survive and lead as the industry goes through the predicted upheaval. Insurance industry should learn a few more »

  • Has AIG Managed to Get Itself Back on Track?

    By Jhumpa Sarkar - September 14, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, AFG, AIG, ANAT, MET

    American International Group's (NYSE: AIG) bailout worked well and the government and shareholders can claim hearty returns for now. I wonder what a Lehman Brothers bailout might have looked like, but it looks like AIG has managed to get itself back on track. This means the company is on solid footing. The Federal Reserve and the US Treasury not only rescued it from bankruptcy but also reported a profit more »

  • This Company Insider Put $1 Million on the Table

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - September 7, 2012 | Tickers: ACE, AXS, CINF, TRV, XL

    John Nichols, who became CEO of Axis Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE: AXS)’s reinsurance division earlier this year, purchased 30,000 shares of the company on August 30th at an average price of $33.60. Axis is an insurer providing products such as property insurance, professional liability insurance, and reinsurance. These 30,000 shares were a substantial increase in Nichols’s holdings: he had previously owned 50,000 shares more »

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