Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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Asian insurers show impressive results, terrible share prices

Asian insurers show impressive results, terrible share prices

Strong results belied by stock markets that are reflecting considerable pessimism for the region.

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Political violence on the rise in Thailand

Political violence on the rise in Thailand

A bomb at Bangkok’s Erawan shrine this week drew attention once again to terrorism and political risks in Thailand.

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Tianjin blast likely to produce large claims

Tianjin blast likely to produce large claims

An explosion in the city’s port district has killed dozens and caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage.

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Japan’s growth dilemma continues to drive M&A

Japan’s growth dilemma continues to drive M&A

Japanese insurers are paying top dollar for US acquisitions, but these deals may be vindicated in the long run.

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MH370 claims to surface with debris find?

MH370 claims to surface with debris find?

Flaperon found on Reunion Island could be the next step in solving the mystery of the Malaysia Airlines flight.

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Ultra-low rates are here to stay

Ultra-low rates are here to stay

Many insurers are hoping the Fed will hike interest rates in September, but this is wishful thinking.

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Alibaba and the disruption of China’s insurance industry

Alibaba and the disruption of China’s insurance industry

Jack Ma’s empire is vying for a significant share of China’s insurance industry through disruptive online innovations.

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Insurers join Cameron on SEA tour

Insurers join Cameron on SEA tour

Executives from Aviva and Lloyd’s are accompanying the UK prime minister on his four-country trade tour of South-East Asia.

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Breeding insurance innovation in Singapore

Breeding insurance innovation in Singapore

Singapore’s efforts to become a 21st century insurance hub are paying dividends as insurers set up innovation centres in the Lion City.

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Bigger is better for global insurers

Bigger is better for global insurers

The quest for scale shows no signs of diminishing, according to AM Best, with M&A activity set to continue during the coming months.

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D&O still a tough sell in Asia

D&O still a tough sell in Asia

But with regulatory enforcement becoming more aggressive, companies in Asia are likely to start buying more cover.

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Climate models predict fewer typhoons for 2015

Climate models predict fewer typhoons for 2015

El Nino conditions in the Pacific are predicted to reduce the number of tropical cyclones in Asia this year.

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Fixed-income ETFs gaining popularity among insurers

Fixed-income ETFs gaining popularity among insurers

Asian insurers are increasingly turning to fixed-income exchange-traded funds to achieve diversification and higher yields.

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China’s insurers spend billions to buy shares as stock market tumbles

China’s insurers spend billions to buy shares as stock market tumbles

Purchasing spree comes after emergency rescue measures were launched to save the country’s stock market from crashing.

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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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