LifeHealthPro: AIG on the Verge of Federal Regulation

AIG, because of pending transactions and the Dodd-Frank Act, may soon become the first insurance holding company ever regulated by the federal government.
According to an article by Arthur D. Postal at LifeHealthPro.com, American International Group, better known as AIG, is "on the verge of becoming the first insurance holding company ever regulated by the federal government."

The Treasury Department is launching a public offering of $18 billion of AIG stock.
A few days ago, the United States Treasury Department announced that it is preparing to launch a public offering of $18 billion of AIG stock. At the same time, AIG announced that it plans to purchase up to $5 billion of that stock, according to the LifeHealthPro article.

Assuming the U.S. divests enough stock such that it no longer holds a majority interest in AIG, industry observers speculate that the Federal Reserve Board will step in and regulate AIG as a thrift holding company under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
The decline of U.S. ownership below 50 percent would trigger federal regulation, according to a bevy of securities analysts and industry lawyers, some of whom formerly worked at the Federal Reserve Board.[1]
The LifeHealthPro article quotes Ray Schoen of Washington Analysis, a securities analytical firm, as suggesting that "the company is poised to face real regulatory supervision of its non-insurance financial business for the first time in its history."

AIG may face new restrictions on dividend payments, share buybacks, minimum leverage and risk-based capital.
Schoen also indicated that, because of the new federal regulation, AIG may face "a litany of new restrictions... including minimum leverage and risk-based capital requirements, as well as restrictions on dividend payments and share buybacks."

Robert Benmosche, President and CEO of AIG, suggested in early August that it was preparing for federal regulation as well as state regulation moving forward.
According to Benmosche and the analysts, AIG will be subject to federal regulation both because it owns a savings and loan holding company based in Wilton, Conn. now regulated by the Fed, and/or through its designation by the Financial Stability Oversight Council as systemically significant.[2]
Schoen also suggests that AIG may be required to separate its financial activities from its non-financial activities, with new restrictions between the two holding companies.

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1AIG on the Verge of Federal Regulation, Arthur D. Postal, LifeHealthPro.com, September 8, 2012.
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