AIG

  • 25 Feb 2011 at 1:45 PM

AIG: BACK IN THE GAME

AIG executives, in their first conference call with Wall Street analysts in two years, sounded a cautiously optimistic tone as they mapped out the company’s future and explained its weak fourth-quarter operating results…When asked about the market position of AIG’s property and casualty business, now known as Chartis, which a Goldman Sachs analyst described on the call as being “the 800-pound gorilla” of the industry before the financial crisis, Mr. Benmosche quipped: “I would say we are about 780 pounds, and on our way back.” [WSJ]

When a group of Duke University lacrosse students were wrongfully accused of sexually assaulting a stripper a few years back, did you watch from the sidelines, wracking your brain as to how you could somehow get in on the action? You probably didn’t want to be one of the main players but when the story came up in conversation you didn’t want to comment as simply someone who’d read about it. A bit role was all you needed- just enough to speak authoritatively, like an insider, and/or to assure a mention in the closing credits of some sort of made for TV movie. If you’re taxpaying citizen of the United States, today’s your lucky day. Read more »

“Longer-term, AIG shouldn’t exist,” Golub said in an interview airing today on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop with Betty Liu.” [Bloomberg]

  • 09 Nov 2010 at 1:08 PM

Layoffs Watch ’10: Chartis

Cuts going down circa now. Read more »

American International Group today announced that Sid Sankaran will join AIG as Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer. Read more »

  • 05 Nov 2010 at 1:07 PM

Robert Benmosche Is “Feeling Great”

Something you’ve probably picked up on over the last year or so is that Robert Benmosche? Is no one’s bitch. Not the market’s bitch, not Treasury’s bitch, not Andrew Cuomo’s bitch, and definitely not cancer’s bitch. At times when others would’ve rolled over and taken it, ‘Mosche told them where they could go. So it should come as no surprise that in the face of the unfortunate news of his illness, Benmosche has not only pledged to keep at it with the insurer, but not let a little c-word sideline him when it comes to keeping fit. He covered this and other topics in a memo to employees this morning. Read more »

Earlier this week, Troubled Asset Relief Program’s inspector general Neil Barofsky issued a report noting that the Treasury’s estimate that it will lose $5 billion on its AIG TARP investment “represents a dramatic shift from the $45 billion loss that Treasury had projected in its AIG investment just six months earlier.” Barofsky went on to say that “while AIG’s fortune may have indeed improved during the course of those six months, there is a serious question over how much of this decrease comes from a change in Treasury’s methodology for calculating the loss as opposed to AIG’s improved prospects.” Some people did not like that. This morning, the White House took it its blog to respond. These are its best moments, starting with the first line:

* Some people just don’t like movies with happy endings.

* How else to explain this week’s report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP)? Read more »