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Financials : Insurance | Small Cap Blend
Based in Bermuda
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Assured Guaranty Ltd. is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides credit protection products to the United States and international public finance, including infrastructure, and structured finance markets. It applies its credit underwriting judgment, risk management skills and capital markets experience primarily to offer financial guaranty insurance that protects holders of debt instruments and other monetary obligations from defaults in scheduled payments. It markets its financial guaranty insurance directly to issuers and underwriters of public finance and structured finance securities, as well as to investors in such obligations. It guarantees obligations issued principally in the United States and the United Kingdom and also guarantees obligations issued in other countries and regions, including Australia and Western Europe. It also provides other forms of insurance that are in line with its risk profile and benefit from its underwriting experience.

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For a day, Jeff Bezos wasn't the world's richest. Here's who was.

5:05 am ET May 26, 2021 (MarketWatch)

By Steve Goldstein

It's a good time to be rich, and an even better time to cater to them.

Bernard Arnault, the chairman and chief executive of luxury-goods giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton , briefly topped departing Amazon (AMZN) Chief Executive Jeff Bezos as the world's richest person, according to Forbes' real-time tracker (

By early Tuesday morning, Bezos was back on top with a net worth of $188.2 billion, compared with Arnault and family at $187.5 billion. Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla (TSLA), was in third, at $152.5 billion.

That Arnault was on top was a reflection of LVMH's share price surge, as well as the struggles of technology stocks in 2021 after a sensational 2020. LVMH shares have gained 25% this year, compared with a 0.4% drop for online retailer Amazon and a 14% drop for Tesla.

LVMH recorded a 32% surge in revenue during the first quarter, driven by its fashion and leather-goods segment. Asia outside of Japan -- China, mostly -- saw organic revenue growth of 86% in the first quarter, and sales in Asia even lapped the first quarter of 2019 by 26%. U.S. organic sales growth was also strong, at 23% in the first quarter.

LVMH doesn't provide earnings information during the first and third quarters.

In January, LVMH completed the acquisition of U.S. luxury-goods retailer Tiffany & Co. "It's an iconic house, iconic of America," said Arnault during the company's April shareholder meeting.

"It's synonymous of love. And the famous blue box is recognized throughout the world. I'm sure we'll be able to disseminate it even more widely with the determination and passion that we have deployed over the years for each of our prestigious houses," he added.

-Steve Goldstein; 415-439-6400;


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