Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Capital Markets

Rising demand for IPO legal insurance in Hong Kong

Rising demand for IPO legal insurance in Hong Kong

New stock market listing rules are set to boost sales for legal insurance to cover liabilities from initial public offerings.

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Ping An Insurance’s units raise US$2.2bn in private financing

Ping An Insurance’s units raise US$2.2bn in private financing

Investors in the three tech units included SoftBank, which placed US$400m with Ping An Good Doctor.

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Cat bond market hit record US$11bn issuance in 2017

Cat bond market hit record US$11bn issuance in 2017

In total, 35 catastrophe bonds were issued by 31 different sponsors in the insurance-linked securities sector.

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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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Ping An eyes spinning off four subsidiaries

Ping An eyes spinning off four subsidiaries

The units include Lufax, China’s biggest online wealth management platform, and Ping An Good Doctor, an online medical platform.

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Ping An value hits US$101bn in 2017

Ping An value hits US$101bn in 2017

The stock of Ping An Insurance Group Co continues to soar, despite the lack of hype that insurers have as compared with tech companies.

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Outlook for Asia insurance sector stable, says Moody’s

Outlook for Asia insurance sector stable, says Moody’s

Steady economic momentum across the economies of the region is driving demand for insurance.

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IAG shares 12.5% premiums, costs with reinsurers

IAG shares 12.5% premiums, costs with reinsurers

In an effort to curb volatility in its earnings Australia’s biggest general insurer is releasing capital.

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India allows PE funds to own insurance companies

India allows PE funds to own insurance companies

Private equity funds can now own up to 10% of the paid-up equity of an insurer, says Irdai.

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Taiwan Financial approved to inject new capital in insurance unit

Taiwan Financial approved to inject new capital in insurance unit

The Taiwanese financial group has proposed adding US$330m of capital into Bank Taiwan Life Insurance.

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Reliance General gets final clearance for IPO

Reliance General gets final clearance for IPO

The offering will account for 25% of the post issue paid-up capital of the insurer.

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Oriental Insurance announces listing plan

Oriental Insurance announces listing plan

The company plans to list on several bourses in line with the government’s programme in 2018-19.

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Regulatory reforms and strong economy boost insurers in India

Regulatory reforms and strong economy boost insurers in India

The rating agency forecasts the non-life insurance sector to maintain its double-digit growth over the next three-to-four years.

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SBI General Insurance to list in 18 to 24 months

SBI General Insurance to list in 18 to 24 months

The general insurance arm of India’s largest lender is reportedly on track to hit the stock market in 18 to 24 months.

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Insurers in Malaysia target local capital

Insurers in Malaysia target local capital

Global insurers are aiming to comply with the June 2018 deadline to achieve a 30% local shareholding.

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AXA to focus on 16 key markets

AXA to focus on 16 key markets

The company has said that it may sell some assets in countries where it lacks scale.

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Huaxia Life raises stake in China Minsheng Bank

Huaxia Life raises stake in China Minsheng Bank

Although its owner is believed to be detained by mainland authorities, the insurer continues to make investments.

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Korean official warns interest rate hike could disrupt insurers

Korean official warns interest rate hike could disrupt insurers

FSC vice-chairman Kim Yong-beom made the pronouncement ahead of the Bank of Korea’s plan to raise its key rate.

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