AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Journey Insurance Company (Journey) (St. Petersburg, FL). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.

The ratings reflect Journey’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

Journey is majority owned by United Insurance Holdings Corp. (United) [NASDAQ: UIHC]. Journey was created in 2018 to take advantage of market opportunities within Florida, Texas and South Carolina, specifically regarding property coverage. The company’s balance sheet strength assessment is influenced by the infusion of significant capital intended to support its growth as it relates to underwriting, credit and investment risks. United provides strategic administration and operational support as it pertains to underwriting, ERM, claims, leadership and other functions. The ratings and outlooks consider the substantial support and proven track record of United.

Maintaining the ratings and outlooks at current levels will depend on successful execution of development plans as communicated by management, efficient use of strategic business partnerships, and effective management of Journey’s catastrophe exposure, which will grow as the company expands. Initial operations were delayed somewhat, as management made the strategic decision to pivot from the use of legacy systems to newer platforms; however, growth in the current period is in line with expectations.

This press release relates to Credit Ratings that have been published on AM Best’s website. For all rating information relating to the release and pertinent disclosures, including details of the office responsible for issuing each of the individual ratings referenced in this release, please see AM Best’s Recent Rating Activity web page. For additional information regarding the use and limitations of Credit Rating opinions, please view Guide to

JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) reports its Q3 ’20 financial results on Tuesday morning, October 13th, 2020, followed up by Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) on Wednesday. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) also reports Wednesday morning, while Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) reports Thursday morning before the opening bell.

All in, I have 15-20 banks and financial names reporting this week, which should give bank investors a good look at credit losses, net interest margin compression, and (possibly) the first look at the guidance for 2021, although without stock buybacks, there may be no willingness to give guidance to investors.

For the Schwabs, BlackRocks (NYSE:BLK) and names like Goldman and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), we get to see how further credit market improvements over the third quarter aided bond issuance, and how the robust capital market activity aided the capital-market-sensitive returns for the big banks.

Ed Yardeni (cut and pasted from his blog) starts us off with his view of what’s expected for credit:

“Financials: Reality Check Coming. Financials has been one of the S&P 500’s worst-performing sectors this year, battered by a flat yield curve, surging loan losses, and a regulator that’s prohibiting the payment of dividends and stock buybacks. Next week, as banks’ Q3 earnings start rolling in, we’ll get a better feel for how well banks are reserved for loan losses. Many set aside billions of dollars for losses in Q2 as Covid-19 descended. Given the poor performance of bank stocks, investors may already have priced in banks’ need to continue building reserves in Q3.

The S&P 500 Financials sector’s stock price index has barely rebounded from the market’s March selloff, while the S&P 500 Technology and Consumer Discretionary sectors have hit new highs. Here’s the performance derby for the S&P 500 and its sectors ytd through Tuesday’s close: Information Technology

It’s happened to nearly everyone: Our credit or debit card is lost or stolen, and then we find fraudulent charges on our account. And the Covid crisis has unfortunately made fraud even more common. But the theft of your card or bank information doesn’t mean you’re on the hook for all the losses. On the contrary, in the vast majority of cases, you’re entitled to a refund of almost all fraudulent charges. Here are the basic steps you should understand to get as much of your money back as possible.



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Credit or Debit?

Whether to pay with debit or credit is an age-old question that depends upon multiple factors. Generally speaking, if you have good credit management skills and pay-off your cards on time every month, you should pay with credit as often as possible, in order to enjoy cash back, points and other rewards. From a safety perespective, however, this can expose you to more instances of identity theft, since many credit card purchases are online, or in public shopping areas, where such theft is more common.

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On the other hand, debit is best used when you have credit management challenges, for bill pay (where credit is not an option),  or other automatic payments withdrawn from your checking account. Using debit to make online purchases exposes you to many of the same risks as credit. However, for in-person purchases, debit may be somewhat safer, since PIN numbers are usually required, adding an extra layer of protection.

The caveat, though, is that if your debit card information is successfully stolen and used, you may expose your entire banking relationship – including potential access to other accounts you may have with your bank.

In either case, the absolute first step you should take if your

ALEXANDRIA, Va. and GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Oxford Finance LLC (“Oxford”), a specialty finance firm that provides senior debt to healthcare services and life sciences companies worldwide, today announced the closing of a $55 million senior credit facility and revolving line of credit to SpendMend (or “the Company”), a portfolio company of Sheridan Capital Partners.

The proceeds were used to refinance existing debt, fund the acquisition of Turnkey Pharmacy Solutions (“Turnkey”) and Elevate340B (“Elevate”), and provide ongoing working capital. Oxford Finance is the sole lead arranger and administrative agent in this transaction.

Established in 1993, SpendMend is the leading outsourced provider of cost cycle management services and tech-enabled solutions to the healthcare market. A majority of the nation’s top healthcare systems partner with SpendMend to improve patient care through innovative cost-savings solutions.

“SpendMend is a recognized leader in cost cycle management,” said Tracy S. Maziek, head of healthcare services at Oxford Finance. “The Company provides tangible value and bottom-line impact to a complex industry operating on thin margins. The continued growth of these businesses, in spite of the global impacts of COVID, strengthened our conviction and validated the compelling value propositions of these businesses. Oxford is happy to be working with the Sheridan team once again and to now be supporting SpendMend.”

“The acquisition of Turnkey and Elevate broadens our suite of offerings providing compliance, optimization and growth services for the complex and critical 340B programs at health systems,” stated Dan Geehoed, CEO of SpendMend. “Oxford provided a flexible financing solution to support this acquisition and will be a valuable partner to support our continued growth.”

“Oxford was able to deliver a compelling proposal on an expedited timeline and with a high degree of certainty,” added Nick Rowland, principal at Sheridan Capital Partners. “We are pleased

OLDWICK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 9, 2020–

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “a+” of Standard Insurance Company (Portland, OR) and its affiliate, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York (White Plains, NY), together referred to as the Standard Insurance Group (The Standard). Additionally, AM Best has affirmed the Long-Term ICR of “bbb+” and the Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of “bbb+” on the outstanding $250 million 5% senior unsecured notes, due 2022, of StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. (StanCorp Financial) (Portland, OR), the intermediate holding company of The Standard.

Concurrently, AM Best has affirmed the FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICR of “a” of Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company, Limited (Pacific Guardian) (Honolulu, HI). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable. The Standard and Pacific Guardian are the U.S. insurance subsidiaries of Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company (Meiji Yasuda).

The ratings of The Standard reflect its balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strong, as well as its strong operating performance, favorable business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM).

The Standard’s risk-adjusted capital has shown incremental increases over the past two years based on favorable operating results. Dividends to the parent have been lower than historical levels, which has contributed to the capital appreciation. Approximately one-third of The Standard’s invested assets are held in commercial mortgage loans with a concentration of loans on the West Coast. The portfolio is currently performing well as The Standard is the direct underwriter of the loans and has strong underwriting capabilities based on its long history as a loan originator. However, commercial mortgage loan performance overall is under pressure due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in retail and hospitality