Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Monday Morning Headlines are compiled by SNL Insurance and produced by WRIN.tv as a weekly video digest of the news making headlines in the U.S. Insurance industry. In this edition of Monday Morning Headlines: FSOC to discuss reforms to nonbank SIFI designation process MetLife to sue; FSOC confident in its case Special election for NAIC president-elect draws 2 candidates and Texas governor names insurance commissioner Fed beefing up insurance policy team Impact Forecasting: Natural catastrophe insurance losses at 5-year low in 2014 Bonus Stories AmTrust’s CEO on growing quickly, but safely, through M&A AmTrust’s CEO on success and skepticism in specialty insurance SNL spoke to AmTrust CEO Barry Zyskind in a rare interview. The executive spoke about the specialty insurer’s active M&A strategy, how it avoids the pitfalls of volatile business lines and his reaction to critics of the company’s rapid growth. Small banks run the risk of irrelevance in evolving insurance distribution biz The rise of private equity-backed firms as a dominant force in the consolidation of the insurance distribution business is one of the challenges confronting small, bank-owned agencies. SNL examined trends in bank involvement in insurance agency M&A over the last several years. SNL Insurance is a premier provider of insurance news, data and analysis. For more information about SNL’s insurance news coverage, visit the SNL Insurance website.