Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Capital Markets

Japan non-life insurers increased leverage in 2016

Japan non-life insurers increased leverage in 2016

Average financial gearing grew to 6.1% in 2016 amid an expansion of insurers’ international acquisitions.

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ING Life Korea seeks listing approval

ING Life Korea seeks listing approval

The Korean life insurer is seeking approval for an initial public offering, according to an exchange official.

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New India Assurance will file IPO within eight months

New India Assurance will file IPO within eight months

The Indian insurer has said it will take six-to-eight months to prepare its initial public offering.

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Chinese insurers warned on overseas acquisitions

Chinese insurers warned on overseas acquisitions

Some companies behave like “a little boy rushing into a candy store”, says CIRC official.

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More Japanese insurers to raise premium rates

More Japanese insurers to raise premium rates

The Bank of Japan’s ultra-low interest rates are squeezing the profitability out of savings-type policies.

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ING Life Korea head secures another term

ING Life Korea head secures another term

Cheong Mun-kuk will serve for another three-year term and oversee IPO planned for May.

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India’s SBI Life eyes IPO within next fiscal year

India’s SBI Life eyes IPO within next fiscal year

Chief executive officer Arijit Basu says the life insurer may sell a 10% stake by March 2018

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India approves listing of five state-owned insurers

India approves listing of five state-owned insurers

The cabinet committee of economic affairs has confirmed the plan announced last year.

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Practo bets big on health insurance space

Practo bets big on health insurance space

The Indian healthcare platform plans to invest after raising US$55m in its series-D funding round.

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China to lower foreign investment restrictions

China to lower foreign investment restrictions

The State Council said it will cut restrictions on insurance, banking, securities and other sectors.

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Hanwa Life Indonesia mulls IPO in 2019

Hanwa Life Indonesia mulls IPO in 2019

The IPO is part of an effort to meet the regulator’s 80% foreign ownership limit for insurers.

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Chinese insurers face tighter profit margins this year

Chinese insurers face tighter profit margins this year

Analysts warn that low interest rates and increased regulation will further weaken investment returns.

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India finalises listing of public insurers

India finalises listing of public insurers

Listing norms for the country’s public insurers will be finalised by the end of this month, a senior official revealed.

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ING Life among 20 firms to go public in Korea in 2017

ING Life among 20 firms to go public in Korea in 2017

Korea’s fifth-largest insurer by assets is expected to join about 20 companies going public during the second half.

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Chinese insurer Zhongan scraps HK IPO plan

Chinese insurer Zhongan scraps HK IPO plan

Instead, the insurer, which has more than 400 million customers, is considering listing in mainland China.

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CIRC to set news rules on leverage acquisitions

CIRC to set news rules on leverage acquisitions

The Chinese regulator has denounced insurers’ leveraged buying spree and announced tougher new rules.

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Anbang to offer international bond to fund more acquisitions

Anbang to offer international bond to fund more acquisitions

It remains unclear how much the Chinese company is seeking to raise through the offering.

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Indonesia urged to use cat bonds

Indonesia urged to use cat bonds

The SE Asian nation is the latest country to be urged to transfer risk via capital markets.

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