Saturday, September 23, 2017

Thailand

QBE puts emerging markets business under review

QBE puts emerging markets business under review

Operations in Thailand and Colombia face closure after poor results led investors to question strategy.

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Aetna buys Bupa Thailand

Aetna buys Bupa Thailand

The deal is part of a strategy to expand in Asia and go “broader and deeper” into local healthcare markets.

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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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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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Sale of SCB insurance unit to FWD halted

Sale of SCB insurance unit to FWD halted

What could have been the largest insurance M&A transaction in South-East Asia has failed on valuation differences.

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Thai market continues to lose momentum

Thai market continues to lose momentum

Premium growth slowed for the fourth year in a row to 3.9% in 2016, according to Allianz Economic Research.

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Philippine life market growing at rapid pace

Philippine life market growing at rapid pace

The sector is expected to register one of the fastest growth rates among emerging markets over the next nine years.

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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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AIA, Manulife among bidders for SCB insurance arm

AIA, Manulife among bidders for SCB insurance arm

Acquisition of Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank is likely to be tagged the biggest ever acquisition of a South-East Asian insurer.

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Thai life industry profits forecast to grow 6%

Thai life industry profits forecast to grow 6%

The Thai Life Assurance Association expects low interest rates to prompt a move into investment-linked products.

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Blockchain-based insurance platform launched in Thailand

Blockchain-based insurance platform launched in Thailand

The decentralised platform was launched by the creators of the peer-to-peer YoCoin digital currency.

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Thailand’s SCB Life up for sale

Thailand’s SCB Life up for sale

The process to sell a 49% stake stalled last year after changes in foreign shareholder rules.

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Thai life market growth to slow in 2017

Thai life market growth to slow in 2017

Economic headwinds will keep the country’s life insurance market growth to less than 10% next year.

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The investment challenge facing Thai life insurers

The investment challenge facing Thai life insurers

InsuranceAsia News and BlackRock hosted an event in Bangkok recently to help the industry navigate the current environment.

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Thailand drafting second phase of RBC framework

Thailand drafting second phase of RBC framework

Changes lie ahead as the country’s regulator prepares for a new risk-based capital framework.

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Bangkok Insurance looks to re-enter Vietnam

Bangkok Insurance looks to re-enter Vietnam

After pulling out of Vietnam 10 years ago, BKI is studying a possible re-entry into the neighbouring market.

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Thailand tightens rules on bank insurance sales

Thailand tightens rules on bank insurance sales

Brokers will clearly have to state if a transaction is an insurance product or a deposit.

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Bangkok Life gears up for Cambodia business

Bangkok Life gears up for Cambodia business

The Thai insurer will venture into Cambodia next year to tap strong demand in its South-East Asian neighbour.

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