Friday, January 19, 2018

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A new crop of Asian insurtech startups

A new crop of Asian insurtech startups

Four Asian insurtech startups were on display this week at Accenture’s fourth annual FinTech Innovation Lab Asia Pacific.

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Asia buoys insurance results

Asia buoys insurance results

Insurers had a difficult third quarter, but improved performance in Asia has helped several companies to beat expectations.

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Singapore chases cat bonds

Singapore chases cat bonds

Lim Hng Kiang, trade minister and deputy chairman of MAS, unveils a subsidy scheme for catastrophe bond issuers.

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The times are not a-changing

The times are not a-changing

Economy outlook: the Fed’s new governor signals policy continuity, while Japan and China also pursue more of the same.

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GIC Re debut fails to impress

GIC Re debut fails to impress

India’s state-owned reinsurer got off to a mediocre start this week after its shares started trading in Mumbai and Delhi.

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Inconvenient truths

Inconvenient truths

The current market cycle will force the industry to confront some harsh realities in 2018, says Hamilton CFO.

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Asian insurers double ETF inflows

Asian insurers double ETF inflows

Ultra-low interest rates and weak underwriting margins are driving new investment decisions.

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John Leung warns of ‘grey rhinos’

John Leung warns of ‘grey rhinos’

CEO of Hong Kong’s Insurance Authority warns the city’s industry that it faces challenges in 2018.

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An end to softness?

An end to softness?

After three hurricanes in the US and two earthquakes in Mexico, reinsurers are probably facing a loss of around US$100bn.

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Games, trains and electricity

Games, trains and electricity

What institutional investors are looking at ahead of China’s next five-year plan.

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Embracing the blockchain

Embracing the blockchain

Development of blockchain technology in the insurance industry continues to make strides.

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M&A revival?

M&A revival?

Deal-making has been on a downward trend this year, but activity seems to be reviving.

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Relying on India

Relying on India

Reliance Capital is launching a standalone health insurance company to capitalise on the country’s growth.

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ZhongAn debuts in Hong Kong

ZhongAn debuts in Hong Kong

Shares in China’s first online insurer got off to a flying start, but the company faces challenges.

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Asia’s evolving risks

Asia’s evolving risks

The region faces a confluence of risks, from rising inequality to the growing cyber threat.

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Interconnected insurance

Interconnected insurance

We speak to data centre and interconnection specialist Equinix’s James Maudslay about the industry’s progress in digitisation.

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Eastern exposure

Eastern exposure

Climate change and the growth of coastal megacities is exposing Asia to increasing risk from windstorms.

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What customers want

What customers want

Companies that succeed in the future will be those that successfully redefine the very nature of what it means to be an insurer.

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