AIG announces $500 million accelerated share repurchase

AIG | February 26, 2020

American International Group (AIG) has entered into an accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreement with Citibank to repurchase $500 million in AIG common stock. The agreement is part of AIG’s $2 billion share repurchase authorization announced in February 2019. “We remain committed to delivering long-term, sustainable value to all of our stakeholders,” said Brian Duperreault, CEO of AIG. “While AIG 200, investing in our business and reducing leverage are key components of our capital-management strategy, we continue to be mindful of the importance of deploying capital through a balanced approach that also includes returning capital to investors. As a result, in addition to our recently announced redemption of $350 million of 4.35% Callable Notes Due 2045, we are proceeding with this $500 million share buyback.”

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With its eerily accurate predictions about advanced technology becoming an integral part of everyday life, the book's revived popularity only hints at the massive surge of excitement surrounding one specific subject Artificial Intelligence (AI). The numbers tell the same story: deals to Al startups enabling computers to mimic human intelligence and decision behavior increased 4.6x, from 150 in 2012 to 698 in 2016'. With a combined funding of USD 4.8B in 2016' and a projected overall spend of USD 47B by 2020', a world in which Al is prevalent is no longer mere fiction.

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With its eerily accurate predictions about advanced technology becoming an integral part of everyday life, the book's revived popularity only hints at the massive surge of excitement surrounding one specific subject Artificial Intelligence (AI). The numbers tell the same story: deals to Al startups enabling computers to mimic human intelligence and decision behavior increased 4.6x, from 150 in 2012 to 698 in 2016'. With a combined funding of USD 4.8B in 2016' and a projected overall spend of USD 47B by 2020', a world in which Al is prevalent is no longer mere fiction.

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American Equity Announces Strategic Partnership With 26North

AMERICAN EQUITY | November 09, 2022

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NFP Acquires UK-Based Brokerage Bentley Insurance Services

NFP | October 19, 2022

NFP, a leading property and casualty broker, benefits consultant, wealth manager, and retirement plan advisor, today announced it has acquired Mason James Insurance Services Limited (doing business as Bentley Insurance Services), one of the largest brokers in Staffordshire. Bentley has provided complex commercial and personal insurance solutions since 1922. Mike Rostron, managing director at Bentley, will join NFP's commercial insurance leadership team in the UK and continue to drive company growth across Staffordshire and beyond. "Bentley Insurance Services has a longstanding presence in Staffordshire, a great reputation, strong leadership and well-earned trust in the region, making them a perfect partner for NFP, We are proud to welcome Bentley, a broker that embodies our ethos, to our growing global group." - John Paul Allcock, UK and Ireland managing director at NFP This acquisition aligns with NFP's growth strategy and brings another respected, service-orientated broker to NFP's UK operations. With this deal, NFP grows its roster of exceptionally skilled brokers, furthering its commitment to bringing bespoke risk management solutions to more businesses and individuals across the UK. The last two years have been particularly challenging for organisations and consumers alike, and their insurance needs have evolved, This partnership allows us to offer services to businesses in the Midlands that more effectively meet the challenges our clients face today, said Allcock. Bentley will maintain its local office presence in Staffordshire, and all existing Bentley customers will continue to be advised and managed by their current broker in the same way they always have. Through NFP, clients will also have full access to enhanced products and a broader range of solutions designed for their specific needs. We're excited to join the NFP family and collaborate with colleagues that share our commitment to providing client-centric solutions and maintaining a people-first work culture, This incredible opportunity also allows us to offer our clients access to NFP's broad network of integrated insurance, benefits, wealth management and retirement solutions, said Rostron. About NFP NFP is a leading property and casualty broker, benefits consultant, wealth manager, and retirement plan advisor that provides solutions enabling client success through the expertise of over 7,000 global employees, investments in innovative technologies, and enduring relationships with highly rated insurers, vendors and financial institutions. NFP is the 9th best place to work for large employers in insurance, 7th largest privately-owned broker, 5th largest benefits broker by global revenue and 13th largest broker of US business (all rankings according to Business Insurance). About Bentley Insurance Services Bentley Insurance Services is one of the largest independent insurance intermediaries in Staffordshire and has been dealing with personal and commercial insurances since 1922. We specialise in providing bespoke insurance solutions for private cars (including high performance and high value vehicles), household insurance, commercial insurance, industrial insurance, self-employed tradespeople and liability.

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Wejo and Ford Team Up to Expand End-to-End Insurance Offerings Across U.S.

Ford Motor Company and Wejo | November 30, 2022

Wejo Group Limited (NASDAQ: WEJO), a global leader in Smart Mobility for Good and cloud and software solutions for connected, electric and autonomous vehicle data, today announced the U.S. expansion of its insurance offering with Ford Motor Company. Insurance providers will be able to better understand driving behaviors through connected vehicle data and insights to support user-based intelligence for end-to-end insurance with the help of Wejo and Ford’s collaboration. This announcement comes after Wejo and Ford successfully launched the same program throughout Europe in June. “Expanding our joint capabilities with Ford in the U.S. enables mutual benefit to both policyholders and insurers as auto insurance companies leverage connected vehicle data for good, We’re excited to embrace the estimated $1.7 billion by 2030 total addressable user-based insurance market in the U.S. by working with vehicle OEMs to help insurance providers leverage actionable data insights. Our expanded partnership with Ford for end-to-end insurance is a significant step toward reinventing auto insurance for a smarter, safer future.” -Richard Barlow, founder and CEO of Wejo When this offering is available, with customer consent, connected vehicle data can be used to establish usage-based vehicle insurance policies that reward customers based on their driving behaviors. This data can help the vehicle insurance industry better validate customer supplied details, identify and minimize insurance fraud, offer more accurate dynamic pricing models, and reduce risks for safer journeys and less stress on policymakers and customers. We are excited to expand our insurance data services relationship with Wejo into the U.S. market, Connected vehicle data allows insurance providers to better understand driving behaviors which can result in discounts to policy holders and ultimately help reduce the total cost of vehicle ownership for our customers,said Amy Graham, Services Marketing director at Ford Motor Company. This agreement focuses on using defined data sets created for end-to-end insurance in the U.S. Wejo’s broad range of capabilities and experience in interpreting documented and real-time connected vehicle data, including over 79 billion journeys to date collected from approximately 18 million connected vehicles in the U.S., creates an opportunity to help insurance companies globally deliver the next generation of auto insurance to further its promise of data for good. About Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, that is committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for and deepen the loyalty of those customers. Ford develops and delivers innovative, must-have Ford trucks, sport utility vehicles, commercial vans and cars and Lincoln luxury vehicles, as well as connected services. Additionally, Ford is establishing leadership positions in mobility solutions, including self-driving technology, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about 176,000 people worldwide. About Wejo Wejo is a global leader in Smart Mobility cloud and software solutions for connected, electric, and autonomous vehicle data, revolutionizing the way we live, work and travel by transforming and interpreting historic and real-time vehicle data. The Company enables Smart Mobility for Good™ products and services by organizing trillions of data points from approximately 20 million vehicles and more than 85 billion journeys globally, across multiple brands, makes and models, and then standardizing and enhancing those streams of data on a vast scale. Wejo partners with ethical, like-minded companies and organizations to turn that data into insights that unlock value for consumers. With the most comprehensive and trusted data, information and intelligence, Wejo is creating a smarter, safer, more sustainable world for all. Founded in 2014, Wejo employs approximately 300 people and has offices in Manchester in the UK and in regions where Wejo does business around the world.

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