Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Asset Management

SoftBank eyes board seats at Swiss Re

SoftBank eyes board seats at Swiss Re

Founder Masayoshi Son is reportedly scheduled for a meeting with the Swiss company to discuss a possible agreement.

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Chinese regulator puts cap on insurers’ overseas financing

Chinese regulator puts cap on insurers’ overseas financing

The China Insurance Regulatory Commission has limited foreign borrowing to 20% of an insurer’s net assets.

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Great Eastern mulls expansion in Indonesia, Thailand

Great Eastern mulls expansion in Indonesia, Thailand

The insurer’s goals include becoming one of the 10 biggest insurers in Indonesia within the next five years.

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Volatility spike

Volatility spike

The surprise return of volatility to stock markets this week may have implications for insurance portfolios.

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SoftBank eyes backing Indian insurance startup

SoftBank eyes backing Indian insurance startup

PolicyBazaar, an online insurance aggregator, was valued at US$500m during its last funding round.

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Downhill at Davos

Downhill at Davos

Concerns about the global economy at the WEF’s annual schmoozefest in Switzerland.

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Shimizu expected to become Nippon Life president

Shimizu expected to become Nippon Life president

Hiroshi Shimizu is the company’s current director and senior managing executive officer.

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Chinese insurers post 29.7% profit growth in 2017

Chinese insurers post 29.7% profit growth in 2017

Despite increasingly tough regulation, Chinese insurers continue to deliver double-digit profit growth.

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HK’s FTLife Insurance names new CEO

HK’s FTLife Insurance names new CEO

Gerard Yang, who joined FTLife in 2016, previously worked for MetLife and takes on the chief executive role.

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Allianz plans to double Asian investment

Allianz plans to double Asian investment

The company’s property unit aims to double its investments in Asia over the next three years.

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Global insurance M&A hits US$49 billion in 2017

Global insurance M&A hits US$49 billion in 2017

The deal volume was on a par with the figure from 2016, despite one of the worst loss years on record.

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Positive outlook for Vietnam in 2018

Positive outlook for Vietnam in 2018

The sector is expected to grow 22% this year, according to the Insurance Supervisory Authority.

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Assets held by Korean insurers top W1,000tn

Assets held by Korean insurers top W1,000tn

The total is broken down into W782.1tn in assets controlled by life insurers and over W252tn by non-life firms.

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AIMA, IAMAC sign insurance collaboration agreement

AIMA, IAMAC sign insurance collaboration agreement

Among the areas being looked at for collaboration are educational programmes and joint events.

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Taiwan insurers urged to invest more in infrastructure projects

Taiwan insurers urged to invest more in infrastructure projects

The message is part of efforts to increase private investment in government-led projects

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India to revise insurance fund rules

India to revise insurance fund rules

Irdai is looking to keep up with changes in the market and the economic landscape in the country.

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Low-rated insurers to face curbs in China

Low-rated insurers to face curbs in China

Affected companies will face restrictions from the regulator, the official Xinhua news agency reports.

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Manulife ties up with Agricultural Bank of China

Manulife ties up with Agricultural Bank of China

The agreement indicates that they will explore financial solution distribution opportunities in the country.

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