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Strong currency puts pressure on Taiwan life insurers

Strong currency puts pressure on Taiwan life insurers

The venture offshore in search for higher yields is creating exposure to unfavourable capital and currency fluctuations.

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PICC plans US$2bn share sale in mainland China

PICC plans US$2bn share sale in mainland China

The sale comes more than four years after its subsidiary went public in Hong Kong through a US$3.1bn offering.

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India looks at reforming reinsurance sector

India looks at reforming reinsurance sector

A review of the sector could pave the way for solutions built around insurance-linked securities.

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GIC Re names five banks for IPO

GIC Re names five banks for IPO

India’s state-owned reinsurer has selected HSBC, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Kotak and Axis as bookrunners for its listing.

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Stronger currency hurting Taiwan insurers

Stronger currency hurting Taiwan insurers

The continued strength caused NT$65.8 billion (US$2.18bn) in foreign-exchange related losses in the first quarter.

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Korea’s ING Life raises US$974m

Korea’s ING Life raises US$974m

The country’s fifth-largest life insurer priced its IPO near the lower end of its indicative range.

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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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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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SBI to sell SBI Life stake through IPO

SBI to sell SBI Life stake through IPO

The State Bank of India will sell at least 8% of its current 70.1% shareholding in the life insurance arm.

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China Life profit declines 45% in 2016

China Life profit declines 45% in 2016

Chairman Yang Mingsheng said the performance was due to a decline in gross investment income.

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United India Insurance eyes IPO

United India Insurance eyes IPO

The state-owned general insurer will go public after New India Assurance and GIC.

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ADB to expand disaster support for Philippines via insurance

ADB to expand disaster support for Philippines via insurance

The Asian Development Bank is exploring disaster insurance options for one of the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters.

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Singapore insurers told to do the right thing

Singapore insurers told to do the right thing

Regulator says insurers should do more than just comply with rules and implement control measures.

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Zhong An to sell up to 10% stake to investors

Zhong An to sell up to 10% stake to investors

China’s first internet-only insurer intends to raise funds before its planned initial public offering.

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Japan non-life insurers increased leverage in 2016

Japan non-life insurers increased leverage in 2016

Average financial gearing grew to 6.1% in 2016 amid an expansion of insurers’ international acquisitions.

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ING Life Korea seeks listing approval

ING Life Korea seeks listing approval

The Korean life insurer is seeking approval for an initial public offering, according to an exchange official.

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New India Assurance will file IPO within eight months

New India Assurance will file IPO within eight months

The Indian insurer has said it will take six-to-eight months to prepare its initial public offering.

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Chinese insurers warned on overseas acquisitions

Chinese insurers warned on overseas acquisitions

Some companies behave like “a little boy rushing into a candy store”, says CIRC official.

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