Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Does Mahathir herald change?

Does Mahathir herald change?

Malaysia’s foreign-controlled insurers are watching the new government for signs of change.

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Foreign firms in China rush

Foreign firms in China rush

Overseas insurers are leaping at the opportunity to extend their presence after Xi Jinping cracks open the door.

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Axa US IPO flops

Axa US IPO flops

The spinoff of Axa Equitable fell far short of the company’s expectations.

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Reinsurers bounce back

Reinsurers bounce back

After one of the toughest quarters in recent memory at the end of 2017, results have improved.

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China’s non-life woes

China’s non-life woes

The country’s life insurance sector isn’t alone in facing significant challenges.

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India appoints outsider to lead Irdai

India appoints outsider to lead Irdai

Subhash Chandra Khuntia is a lifelong bureaucrat and former chief secretary of Karnataka state.

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Asia drives global insurance growth

Asia drives global insurance growth

While insurance growth in the west remains lacklustre, Asia continues to deliver on its promise.

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Insurance asset managers pessimistic

Insurance asset managers pessimistic

Fears of an economic slowdown are the biggest concern on the mind of insurance investors.

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Malaysia first

Malaysia first

Foreign insurers have until the end of June to cut their ownership to 70%, but local buyers are scarce.

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Asian insurtech M&A surges

Asian insurtech M&A surges

The increase in deal activities in Asia helped drive global insurtech transactions to a record high in 2017.

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China promises market opening

China promises market opening

Officials have promised a range of measures, including further liberalisation of its insurance sector.

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Insurance for the sharing economy

Insurance for the sharing economy

The extraordinary growth of the sharing economy is creating new risks that provide an opportunity for insurers.

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Could do better

Could do better

Asian insurers are struggling to upgrade risk management processes.

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Anbang’s rehab

Anbang’s rehab

The Chinese government has injected US$9.65bn into the troubled company, while its former chairman admits charges.

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Risky data

Risky data

From May, the EU will require companies from all over the world to comply with its new data privacy law.

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Asia insurance M&A bouncing back

Asia insurance M&A bouncing back

The total value of Asian insurance M&A rose from US$9.2bn in 2016 to US$13bn last year.

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Japan cat pricing unmoved

Japan cat pricing unmoved

Last year’s huge nat-cat losses in the US do not appear to be pushing prices up in Asia.

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Opaque ownership worries risk managers

Opaque ownership worries risk managers

Third parties in Asia can contain hidden risks that keep risk managers awake at night.

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