Irish insurers in ratings warning

Five insurers in Ireland have been warned they face downgrades to their credit ratings by Standard & Poor’s following its decision to downgrade Ireland’s sovereign debt. The units are Allianz’s Irish general insurance business and its Worldwide Care business, along with Aviva Insurance Europe, Irish Life Assurance and finally RSA Insurance Ireland. The Irish-based insurers of larger groups, were put on negative watch by S&P because of their exposure to the Irish market.