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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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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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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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Premium growth defies weak economies

Premium growth defies weak economies

Advanced economies were the main drag on global premiums, but growth in many emerging markets slowed also.

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India’s general insurers post 16% gross premium growth

India’s general insurers post 16% gross premium growth

Solid gross direct premium growth was buoyed by increased premiums in health, motor and fire insurance.

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Indian regulator promotes investment in Reits, InvITs

Indian regulator promotes investment in Reits, InvITs

Rules have been relaxed for investment in real estate investment trusts and infrastructure investment trusts.

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Tokio Marine raises stake in Indian unit

Tokio Marine raises stake in Indian unit

The Japanese insurer now holds 49% in the unit after buying an additional 23% stake for US$392m.

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Plan to merge three Indian insurers scrapped

Plan to merge three Indian insurers scrapped

Oriental Insurance, National Insurance and United India Insurance have been asked to come up with a new plan.

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Regulator opposes merger of Indian life firms

Regulator opposes merger of Indian life firms

Irdai has disapproved the proposed merger of Max Life and HDFC Standard Life, based on the structure of the deal.

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Fairfax sells stake in Indian JV

Fairfax sells stake in Indian JV

The Canadian company has sold 12.18% of its stake in general insurance firm ICICI Lombard General Insurance.

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India’s general market posts 16% premium growth

India’s general market posts 16% premium growth

Private sector general insurers have overtaken their state-owned peers in terms of premiums for the first time.

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Doubts on HDFC Life, Max Life merger unresolved

Doubts on HDFC Life, Max Life merger unresolved

The proposed merger has not received any opinion from the country’s attorney general.

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DBS India inks two bancassurance deals

DBS India inks two bancassurance deals

The new partnerships are with Tata AIA Life and Birla Sun Life, after its agreement with Aviva India Life.

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Axis Bank seeks additional bancassurance partner

Axis Bank seeks additional bancassurance partner

India’s third largest private-sector bank is planning to bring its total number of life insurance partners to three.

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Irdai approves Gen Re R3 licence in India

Irdai approves Gen Re R3 licence in India

The R3 licence covers underwriting and risk management expertise locally rather than cross-border.

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SBI General Insurance posts first profit in seven years

SBI General Insurance posts first profit in seven years

The company attributed the rise in profits to improved risk selection and better expense-control measures.

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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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