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Mitsui Sumitomo to invest more in foreign bonds, ETFs

Mitsui Sumitomo to invest more in foreign bonds, ETFs

The Japanese insurance company intends to increase investment in higher-risk assets by as much as US$268m.

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Honan Insurance to acquire Singapore-based NGA Benefits

Honan Insurance to acquire Singapore-based NGA Benefits

The Australian-owned and operated buyer is looking to add to its growing employee benefits business in South-East Asia.

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AIG launches Hong Kong cyber products

AIG launches Hong Kong cyber products

The insurer is targeting cyber insurance growth as policy requests rise 87% following WannaCry and NotPetya cyber attacks.

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India’s RenewBuy raises fresh funds from Amicus Capital

India’s RenewBuy raises fresh funds from Amicus Capital

The second round of funding has brought in US$9.26m for the Indian online insurance aggregator.

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Insurers, tech firms to tackle risks from drones, driverless cars

Insurers, tech firms to tackle risks from drones, driverless cars

Various parties will meet at the World Economic Forum to manage the novel risks involved in new technologies.

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AIA, Bangkok Bank renew bancassurance deal

AIA, Bangkok Bank renew bancassurance deal

The Hong Kong-based insurer has extended its agreement with the Thai bank for a further 15 years.

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Tencent-backed insurance agency gets approval

Tencent-backed insurance agency gets approval

Weimin got the green light to begin operations from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission.

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Aviva exits Taiwan

Aviva exits Taiwan

The British-headquartered insurer has decided to sell its stake in a local joint venture with First Financial.

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Vietnam’s market keeps positive growth

Vietnam’s market keeps positive growth

Total premiums for the whole market in the January-September period were estimated to have increased 18% year-on-year.

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Five Chinese insurers barred from financing parent companies

Five Chinese insurers barred from financing parent companies

The move is part of a government effort to curb funding for some of the nation’s most aggressive asset acquirers.

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Drastic changes ahead in China’s insurance sector

Drastic changes ahead in China’s insurance sector

The government plans to implement changes in policies, environment and technology, according to CIRC.

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HK regulator to fast track online-only insurers

HK regulator to fast track online-only insurers

Companies applying to operate online-only insurance firms in Hong Kong can expect faster processing of their applications.

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China revises rules on securities insurance

China revises rules on securities insurance

A new regulation is in place starting Tuesday that will give insurance funds priority to subscribe to new shares offline.

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India’s non-life premiums up 13.6%

India’s non-life premiums up 13.6%

The gross premiums rose to US$2.68bn in September this year, according to data from Irdai.

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China insurers’ premium income up 20.45%

China insurers’ premium income up 20.45%

CIRC attributed the steady growth of premium income during August to improved regulations and risk protection.

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UN warns of more destructive disasters in Asia

UN warns of more destructive disasters in Asia

The warning comes from the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

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AIG sees third-quarter cat losses of US$3bn

AIG sees third-quarter cat losses of US$3bn

The figure includes US$1 billion each from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and up to US$700 million from Maria.

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Asia to drive continued global insurance growth

Asia to drive continued global insurance growth

Emerging markets in Asia have the greatest potential for growth over the next few years, says Munich Re.

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