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Top Japanese life firms post steep premium income fall

Top Japanese life firms post steep premium income fall

The negative interest rate policy of Japan’s central bank has weighed on investment income.

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Strong currency puts pressure on Taiwan life insurers

Strong currency puts pressure on Taiwan life insurers

The venture offshore in search for higher yields is creating exposure to unfavourable capital and currency fluctuations.

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Korean insurers’ profit climbs on dividend income

Korean insurers’ profit climbs on dividend income

The country’s insurers’ posted a 24.4% on-year combined net profit rise in the first three months of the year.

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Chinese insurers urged to invest in infrastructure

Chinese insurers urged to invest in infrastructure

The Chinese regulator says that such projects will be given easier access to insurance funds to boost economy.

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IFRS 17 to bring greater comparability, KPMG

IFRS 17 to bring greater comparability, KPMG

The new standard will be a huge step towards the convergence of China GAAP for IFRS.

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China cracks down on universal life policies

China cracks down on universal life policies

The move is expected to hurt many Chinese insurers that have relied on the practice to fund investments.

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Dai-ichi Life posts sixth straight record profit year

Dai-ichi Life posts sixth straight record profit year

Japan’s third-largest life insurer by revenue posted a net profit increase of 29.6% in the latest fiscal year.

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New CEO dismisses calls to split AIG

New CEO dismisses calls to split AIG

Having taken up his new role as chief executive, Brian Duperreault has said that growth is his main goal.

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Insurance M&A scaled back in 2016

Insurance M&A scaled back in 2016

There were signs of retreat across all sectors last year, a new study by investment manager Conning suggests.

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China’s tightening to benefit insurers in long run

China’s tightening to benefit insurers in long run

Analysts are confident that stricter oversight from the regulator will result in better market discipline.

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Global non-life investment income set to decline

Global non-life investment income set to decline

Moody’s says that low global interest rates will continue to pressure profitability and solvency.

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Tokio Marine to invest more in US corporate debt

Tokio Marine to invest more in US corporate debt

Rising hedging costs are making investment in foreign government bonds less appealing for Japanese insurers.

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London losing steam in reinsurance

London losing steam in reinsurance

Other markets are eating up the British capital’s share of the global reinsurance industry.

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AIG raises capacity in the Philippines

AIG raises capacity in the Philippines

The insurer has refocused its portfolio to target opportunities in the Duterte government’s infrastructure push.

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Philippines raises investment limit for pre-need firms

Philippines raises investment limit for pre-need firms

According to the insurance commissioner, the investment threshold has been increased by 2% under the Pre-Need Code.

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CIRC tackles industry loopholes

CIRC tackles industry loopholes

China’s insurance regulator wants to step up supervision of ownership structures and funding sources.

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Chinese insurers urged to contribute to real economy

Chinese insurers urged to contribute to real economy

The measures are aimed at creating a sound policy environment for the insurance industry to serve the real economy.

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Premiums in China up by a third

Premiums in China up by a third

However, the pace of growth was lower than the 42% recorded for the same period in 2016.

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