France’s biggest insurer Axa newly appointed deputy CEO Thomas Buberl. Photograph:  Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The incoming chief executive of French insurer Axa has said that he wants the company to focus on the group’s digital transformation rather than makin(...)

Ryanair closing up nearly 3 per cent at €13.60, which was roughly in line with its European rivals. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

World equity markets capped a fifth week of gains yesterday, their best run in more than two years, as a 2016 high for oil, the dollar’s recent decli(...)

European shares opened slightly lower on Friday with banking stocks leading the decline.

European shares opened slightly lower on Friday with banking stocks leading the decline and Italian insurer Generali down after net profit fell short(...)

Up and away: Aer Lingus  stock closed  yesterday 1.5 per cent up at €2.43. Photograph: Alan Betson

European shares rebounded on Wednesday from a one-week low the day before, supported by the prospect of an accord between Greece and its creditors. T(...)

Tesco Extra store in Gorey, Co Wexford: Igal Ahouvi’s investment will show a return of just over 7 per cent

A wealthy Israeli investor has bought the newly opened Tesco Extra store in Gorey, Co Wexford, for a price believed to be in the region of €21 (...)

The Vatican Bank. From day one it was clear Pope Francis was no friend of deregulated capitalism, let alone murky financial speculation.  Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

As tourists walk past the Porta Sant’Anna in Rome, just off St Peter’s Square, few pay much attention to the strange-looking, rounded tower that sits (...)

Generali: The company, which manages almost €500 billion in assets, said it wanted to keep a stable exposure to equity and fixed income while upping its stake in high-quality real estate.

Italian insurer Generali is aiming to pay higher dividends to investors as its turnaround plan to cut debt through a string of asset disposals and hef(...)

The European Union is close to agreeing new rules that will force insurers to hold enough capital to keep policyholders safe, after years of delay.T(...)

Telecom Italia is seen as a potential takeover target due to its prized Tim Participacoes mobile unit in Brazil. Photograph: Marc Hill/Bloomberg

Spanish telecoms group Telefonica has struck a deal which could eventually see it take control of Telecom Italia and its lucrative south American bus(...)

Josef Ackermann, the former chairman of Zurich Insurance, is seen in a camera viewfinder during a news conference in Frankfurt. Mr Ackermann resigned from the insurer earlier this week following the death of Zurich finance chief Pierre Wauthier, who named Mr Ackermann in his suicide note. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/Files/Reuters.

The chief financial officer of Zurich Insurance, Pierre Wauthier, named chairman Josef Ackermann in his suicide note, the company confirmed today as i(...)