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IAG to maintain just one division in Australia

IAG to maintain just one division in Australia

The insurer will bring together all of its divisions in the country under chief operating officer Mark Milliner.

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Prudential Financial enters Indonesian life market

Prudential Financial enters Indonesian life market

The US-based insurer has bought a 49% stake in Asuransi Jiwa Mega Indonesia, a subsidiary of CT Corp.

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Premiums up 21% in Vietnam

Premiums up 21% in Vietnam

Insurers in the South-East Asian country saw premiums rise 21% in the first half on the back of rising living standards.

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Philippine insurers promote inclusive insurance

Philippine insurers promote inclusive insurance

Five domestic insurance firms have forged a coalition to promote the growth of inclusive insurance market across the Asian region.

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Asia ill-prepared against cyber attacks, says Lloyd’s

Asia ill-prepared against cyber attacks, says Lloyd’s

Lloyd’s risk modeling platform Cyence says losses from cloud service disruption could reach US$53 billion in an extreme case.

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Indian insurers bullish on continued growth momentum

Indian insurers bullish on continued growth momentum

The country’s general insurance industry says that 20% annual growth will be sustainable in the coming years.

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HK regulator tells insurers to embrace technology

HK regulator tells insurers to embrace technology

The Insurance Authority has urged insurance companies to harness financial technology and big data analytics.

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Manulife considers selling US unit in Asia refocus

Manulife considers selling US unit in Asia refocus

The Canadian insurer is reportedly toying with the idea of divesting its Boston-based John Hancock Financial Services division.

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Chinese insurers advised to divest non-core assets

Chinese insurers advised to divest non-core assets

An official from the the China Insurance Regulatory Commission has cautioned against a wide range of risks facing the industry.

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India’s HDFC Life shareholders push IPO plans

India’s HDFC Life shareholders push IPO plans

Standard Life is reportedly keen to move forward with the listing after the merger with Max Group’s is likely to be called off.

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Irdai enforces more transparency over policy exclusions

Irdai enforces more transparency over policy exclusions

Regulations released this week also require every insurer to display service parameters and turnaround times.

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Korea sees rise in sales of variable insurance policies

Korea sees rise in sales of variable insurance policies

Premiums have nearly doubled to US$477m on the back of robust gains in the local stock market.

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Korean insurers forecast to exceed 2016 performance

Korean insurers forecast to exceed 2016 performance

Higher interest rates and improved auto insurance business are expected to propel the industry.

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Ping An eyes fintech, healthcare assets abroad

Ping An eyes fintech, healthcare assets abroad

China’s largest insurer by market value is on the hunt for assets in the US, Israel and Singapore.

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SBI Life’s IPO plan gets final board approval

SBI Life’s IPO plan gets final board approval

The insurance unit of State Bank of India is aiming to raise US$1.1bn, becoming the second insurer to go public.

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FWD to renew bancassurance deal with TMB Bank

FWD to renew bancassurance deal with TMB Bank

The renewal of a 15-year agreement comes after FWD’s efforts to acquire SCB Life fell apart.

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China considers experienced graft-buster for top CIRC post

China considers experienced graft-buster for top CIRC post

China is likely to name Yang Xiaochao, secretary general of the Central Commission for Discipline, to oversee the industry.

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Cambodia and Thailand sign regulatory pact

Cambodia and Thailand sign regulatory pact

The two countries have signed an agreement that aims to bolster insurance regulation in Cambodia.

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