Thursday, November 23, 2017

Capital Markets

China’s insurers spend billions to buy shares as stock market tumbles

China’s insurers spend billions to buy shares as stock market tumbles

Purchasing spree comes after emergency rescue measures were launched to save the country’s stock market from crashing.

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Shares of Korean insurers trading below IPO prices

Shares of Korean insurers trading below IPO prices

Lower share prices reflect concerns about negative margins in the life insurance business, according to analysts.

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China Re set to launch first Chinese earthquake catastrophe bond

China Re set to launch first Chinese earthquake catastrophe bond

Bond is expected to be launched today and will provide cover to debut sponsor China Re on an indemnity basis, according to sources.

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Swiss Re becomes first Swiss firm to obtain China’s RQFII licence

RQFII programme allows the reinsurer to gain access to the Chinese financial market.

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Changes sought for Japan Post Insurance Co, ahead of planned IPO

Changes sought for Japan Post Insurance Co, ahead of planned IPO

Lawmakers looking to raise the maximum amount of insurance coverage at JPI.

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Insurers to save the planet?

Insurers to save the planet?

Insurance funds are the world’s biggest backers of green bonds, which are helping to build planet-healthy infrastructure around the world.

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Japan Post Insurance Co to list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Japan Post Insurance Co to list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange

Final IPO date and expected price to be announced by the Government.

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Greenstone delays US$900m Australia IPO plan

Greenstone delays US$900m Australia IPO plan

Life Insurance distributor unwilling to accept a cut in valuation, according to reports.

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Shanghai insurance exchange to get approval this year

Shanghai insurance exchange to get approval this year

Exchange will offer risk securitisation products, catastrophe bonds and insurance derivatives, according to reports.

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Fosun shifts focus to insurance

Fosun shifts focus to insurance

Conglomerate expected to sell more of its own equity as it focuses on developing its insurance business.

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South Korea’s Mirae Asset Life eyes US$460m in IPO

South Korea’s Mirae Asset Life eyes US$460m in IPO

Mirae will sell 5.4 million existing shares and issue 40 million new shares for the IPO.

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Greenstone targets US$984m in Australia IPO

Greenstone targets US$984m in Australia IPO

Australian life Insurance distributor plans a 16 June listing.

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Insurance acquisition will not weaken CTBC Financial’s credit profile

Insurance acquisition will not weaken CTBC Financial’s credit profile

CTBC Financial’s outlook remains stable after announcement to acquire Taiwan life Insurance Co.

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Fitch launches Ratings Navigator

Fitch launches Ratings Navigator

Tool provides a visual summary of an insurer’s key strengths and weaknesses.

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Takaful Malaysia confirms small exposure in troubled 1MDB

Takaful Malaysia confirms small exposure in troubled 1MDB

Invested in the troubled state-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) via an Islamic Bond in 2009.

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CTBC Financial acquires Taiwan Life in US$1bn stock swap deal

CTBC Financial acquires Taiwan Life in US$1bn stock swap deal

CTBC Financial to swap 1.44 common shares in exchange for one Taiwan Life common share.

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Fitch Ratings’ to update insurance notching criteria

Fitch Ratings’ to update insurance notching criteria

Numerous rating changes expected for insurers located outside the United States.

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State-owned insurer China Taiping eyes raising US$1.74bn in share sale

State-owned insurer China Taiping eyes raising US$1.74bn in share sale

The proceeds would be used to expand its insurance business and grow into new areas.

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