Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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China leads the way on catastrophe risk

China leads the way on catastrophe risk

China’s Panda bond is an important step in developing better tools for transferring risk—and should also serve as a model for India.

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Mers Attacks: Insurers consider pandemic protection

Mers Attacks: Insurers consider pandemic protection

The outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) in Korea has highlighted the limited insurance options for pandemic cover.

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Closing the protection gap

Closing the protection gap

Catastrophes cost fewer lives and caused less economic damage than normal during 2014, but the protection gap remains stubbornly wide, especially in Asia.

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Buffett debuts in Australia, with eye on Asia

Buffett debuts in Australia, with eye on Asia

Warren Buffett’s IAG deal will give the Aussie insurer ammunition to buy assets in its Asian backyard.

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Insurers to save the planet?

Insurers to save the planet?

Insurance funds are the world’s biggest backers of green bonds, which are helping to build planet-healthy infrastructure around the world.

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HSBC targeting insurance in Asia pivot

HSBC targeting insurance in Asia pivot

HSBC has said that Asia’s insurance sector will be a significant source of growth as it transforms its business.

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Insurance firms stocking up on capital

Insurance firms stocking up on capital

Asian insurers have raised more than twice as much capital so far this year compared to 2014, according to Dealogic data.

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Doing the rounds: Technology

Doing the rounds: Technology

Having spent the past few weeks knocking on doors and talking to insurers, here’s what they told us about technology.

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Reinsurers headed for catastrophe, say academics

Reinsurers headed for catastrophe, say academics

The way that reinsurers are bundling catastrophe risk has echoes of the pre-crisis subprime mortgage market, warns a new book.

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Insuring against climate change

Insuring against climate change

If the world cannot reach agreement on how to curb emissions, as seems increasingly likely, insurers may be the last line of defence.

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India’s creeping reforms could bring US$10bn investment

India’s creeping reforms could bring US$10bn investment

India has a history of disappointing foreign investors, but its latest reforms to the insurance industry are welcome progress.

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China’s insurers raising capital for M&A

China’s insurers raising capital for M&A

Fosun is set to raise US$1b as mainland insurers increasingly look overseas for investment opportunities.

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Insurers’ digital transformation

Insurers’ digital transformation

Rapid changes taking place in the digital economy are creating opportunities for disruptors, which means that insurers need to learn how to innovate.

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Gearing up for Asian insurance M&A

Gearing up for Asian insurance M&A

Advisers to the insurance industry are gearing up for growth in Asia, in anticipation of a surge of M&A activity in the region.

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The bancassurance dilemma

The bancassurance dilemma

With insurers continuing to pay high prices for bancassurance deals, execution is key to extracting meaningful value from such long-term agreements.

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Asian businesses ill-prepared for hacker risk

Asian businesses ill-prepared for hacker risk

The attack on Sony’s movie studio again highlighted the risks that businesses of all types face from hackers. Yet appropriate cover is still rare.

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