Saturday, July 22, 2017

Asset Management

Aviva to sell Friends Provident for US$443m

Aviva to sell Friends Provident for US$443m

It has agreed to sell the business to RL360 Holding Company, a unit of International Financial Group, to free up capital.

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Prudential Financial enters Indonesian life market

Prudential Financial enters Indonesian life market

The US-based insurer has bought a 49% stake in Asuransi Jiwa Mega Indonesia, a subsidiary of CT Corp.

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Manulife considers selling US unit in Asia refocus

Manulife considers selling US unit in Asia refocus

The Canadian insurer is reportedly toying with the idea of divesting its Boston-based John Hancock Financial Services division.

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Is the end of QE in sight?

Is the end of QE in sight?

The point may be nearing where even the BoJ starts to retreat from QE, setting yields on a higher course globally.

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Korea sees rise in sales of variable insurance policies

Korea sees rise in sales of variable insurance policies

Premiums have nearly doubled to US$477m on the back of robust gains in the local stock market.

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Korean insurers forecast to exceed 2016 performance

Korean insurers forecast to exceed 2016 performance

Higher interest rates and improved auto insurance business are expected to propel the industry.

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Ping An eyes fintech, healthcare assets abroad

Ping An eyes fintech, healthcare assets abroad

China’s largest insurer by market value is on the hunt for assets in the US, Israel and Singapore.

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Guaranteed to end badly?

Guaranteed to end badly?

Insurers in Asia are taking ever bigger risks to meet increasingly unrealistic guaranteed returns promised to policyholders.

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China to develop commercial pension insurance

China to develop commercial pension insurance

The government will fast-track the development of the new system, according to a State Council guideline.

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Investment return gap among Asia Pacific insurers widens

Investment return gap among Asia Pacific insurers widens

There is a widening gap between investment returns and meeting customer promises, according to a survey by Standard Life Investments.

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Chinese majors target more overseas investments in 2018

Chinese majors target more overseas investments in 2018

About 64% of mainland insurers are planning to increase allocation to international markets, says Standard Life.

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Prudential’s Eastspring invests US$500m in IFC infrastructure fund

Prudential’s Eastspring invests US$500m in IFC infrastructure fund

The asset management unit is the first Asian investor to participate in the programme, known as MCPP Infrastructure.

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Indian regulator promotes investment in Reits, InvITs

Indian regulator promotes investment in Reits, InvITs

Rules have been relaxed for investment in real estate investment trusts and infrastructure investment trusts.

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Thai market continues to lose momentum

Thai market continues to lose momentum

Premium growth slowed for the fourth year in a row to 3.9% in 2016, according to Allianz Economic Research.

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Ping An hunts for fintech, healthtech startups

Ping An hunts for fintech, healthtech startups

The Chinese insurer is looking at joint ventures or distribution agreements with early-stage startups.

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Willis Towers Watson appoints regional head of investments

Willis Towers Watson appoints regional head of investments

Based in Tokyo, Taro Ogai will succeed Naomi Denning, who will be leaving the company.

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Interest rate risk hounds Japanese insurers

Interest rate risk hounds Japanese insurers

Life insurers are failing to extend the duration of their assets because of lingering low bond yields in Japan.

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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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