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Emerging Asia leads growth in global insurance market

Emerging Asia leads growth in global insurance market

The economies of many emerging markets are showing signs of recovery, boosting global premiums.

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Aviva acquires entire shareholding in Vietnam JV

Aviva acquires entire shareholding in Vietnam JV

The former joint venture with VietinBank is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the British insurer.

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China insurers told to enforce stricter controls

China insurers told to enforce stricter controls

The insurance watchdog has again ordered better supervision of operations and investments.

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Bigger M&A deals are more risky, says AIG

Bigger M&A deals are more risky, says AIG

A study reveals that the larger the M&A deal, the greater the chance of major unknown liabilities.

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India’s life market grows 26%

India’s life market grows 26%

LIC remained the top performer, generating total new premium of Rs1.243tn for the period.

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Uber Hong Kong closes insurance gap

Uber Hong Kong closes insurance gap

An official from the ride-hailing firm says it has secured protection for its drivers in the city.

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Kyobo Life joins Korea’s insurance blockchain project

Kyobo Life joins Korea’s insurance blockchain project

The project will develop and implement an automatic payment system for small claims to policyholders.

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Japanese insurers boost project financing

Japanese insurers boost project financing

Companies such as Nippon Life are now crafting their own lending teams and adding significant liquidity to the market.

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Swiss Re to set up Asia headquarters in Singapore

Swiss Re to set up Asia headquarters in Singapore

The reinsurer intends to establish a new entity that will serve as its headquarters for regional reinsurance operations.

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High dividends draw investors to ING Life’s US$1.2bn IPO

High dividends draw investors to ING Life’s US$1.2bn IPO

The listing, which will be Korea’s second-largest IPO so far this year, is scheduled for the second week of May.

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FWD in talks to buy SCB life insurance unit

FWD in talks to buy SCB life insurance unit

The potential US$3bn deal would be the largest insurance M&A transaction in South-East Asia.

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HK suppresses data on mainlanders’ insurance purchases

HK suppresses data on mainlanders’ insurance purchases

Hong Kong’s insurance regulator has stopped releasing the figures “to avoid the public misinterpreting the statistics”.

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China’s top insurance regulator sacked

China’s top insurance regulator sacked

Xiang Junbo has been removed from his position over suspicions of committing disciplinary violations.

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Fukoku Mutual Life to invest US$5bn in riskier assets

Fukoku Mutual Life to invest US$5bn in riskier assets

The Japanese insurer has announced plans to invest in higher-yielding foreign corporate debt and equities.

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China’s Union Life secures US$100m investment from IFC

China’s Union Life secures US$100m investment from IFC

The injection is expected to introduce overseas investment opportunities to help diversify its portfolio.

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Anbang’s US$1.6bn Fidelity deal collapses

Anbang’s US$1.6bn Fidelity deal collapses

The Chinese insurer has failed to secure the required regulatory approvals to acquire Fidelity & Guaranty Life.

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Axiata Digital closes US$16.8m investment in Swedish startup

Axiata Digital closes US$16.8m investment in Swedish startup

Insurtech player Bima brings microinsurance services to underserved families in emerging markets.

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IRDAI to double capital requirements for brokers

IRDAI to double capital requirements for brokers

India’s insurance regulator is pushing for a series of stringent measures for the domestic insurance broking industry.

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