Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Asset Management

Malaysia’s growing insurance industry to drive M&A

Malaysia’s growing insurance industry to drive M&A

Under-capitalized insurers and takaful operators could be expected to seek strategic investors or alternative capital.

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Chinese insurers report double-digit profits

Chinese insurers report double-digit profits

Growth partly attributed to large gains in ROI.

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Tokio Marine investing in real estate funds to avoid trouble

Tokio Marine investing in real estate funds to avoid trouble

Japanese insurer hopes to increase its overseas property assets by about US$84m this year.

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Korea’s Mirae Asset Life Insurance to launch IPO

Korea’s Mirae Asset Life Insurance to launch IPO

Life Insurer looking to raise up to KRW500bn (US$459m) according to reports.

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Thailand to cut deposit insurance coverage in August

Thailand to cut deposit insurance coverage in August

Reduction prompts investors to the bond market.

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Manulife inks USD1.2bn Asia distribution deal with DBS Group

Manulife inks USD1.2bn Asia distribution deal with DBS Group

Deal also allows DBS’ six million-strong retail, wealth and SME customer base to access the various life and health insurance solutions offered by Manulife.

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China Life and Ping An make their first US real estate investment

China Life and Ping An make their first US real estate investment

The project includes a 13-story office building and a 100-unit, nine-story condominium tower.

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Vietnam insurer to sell shares to foreign strategic investors

Vietnam insurer to sell shares to foreign strategic investors

Company to also open two seats on its managing board for investors.

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Taiwanese insurers face higher risks as forex holdings rise

Taiwanese insurers face higher risks as forex holdings rise

Local insurance firms have minimal margins to absorb unfavorable foreign fluctuations.

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Pakistan raises minimum capital requirements

Pakistan raises minimum capital requirements

According to the SECP, raising the minimum paid-up capital requirements for insurers is an attempt to strengthen the country’s insurance sector.

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Bangladesh allocates $200m to reform insurance sector

Bangladesh allocates $200m to reform insurance sector

The country’s insurance regulator is being tasked with modernising and professionalising the industry.

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AIG unloads $500m stake in China’s PICC

AIG unloads $500m stake in China’s PICC

America’s biggest commercial insurer cuts its stake in PICC Property & Casualty to 8.2% as it seeks to raise funds.

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South Korea’s insurance firms lead rise in debt holdings in 2014

South Korea’s insurance firms lead rise in debt holdings in 2014

Increase in debt holdings was attributed to the record fall of local yields.

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Indonesia to ease investment rules for insurance funds

Indonesia to ease investment rules for insurance funds

Easing the investment rules will boost the local bond market says Financial Services Authority

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