Thursday, February 22, 2018

Capital Markets

Taiwan insurers brace for effects of rate cut

Taiwan insurers brace for effects of rate cut

Insurers brace for headwinds after the central bank’s decision to lower its key interest rate.

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Chinese insurers’ global buying spree hits US$6.1bn

Chinese insurers’ global buying spree hits US$6.1bn

Moody’s says the outbound trend will continue unless there is a big change in interest rates.

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Moody’s keeps stable outlook for Chinese insurers

Moody’s keeps stable outlook for Chinese insurers

The credit rating agency warned China’s insurers on headwinds that may affect creditworthiness.

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China Re wins approval for US$2bn Hong Kong IPO

China Re wins approval for US$2bn Hong Kong IPO

The company is offering up to 15% and expects to pitch the deal to investors in early October.

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Taiwanese insurers ready for US Fed rate hike

Taiwanese insurers ready for US Fed rate hike

Insurers have been making adjustments to fully prepare for the possible effects of the hike.

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Major banks tentatively agree to US$1.87bn settlement

Major banks tentatively agree to US$1.87bn settlement

Agreement will settle investor claims that they conspired to fix prices and limit competition.

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Cat bond issues down as competition responds

Cat bond issues down as competition responds

Traditional and collateralised players are responding with lower pricing and expanded coverage.

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Reinsurance prices likely to drop in 2016, says Moody’s

Reinsurance prices likely to drop in 2016, says Moody’s

Rates are forecast to fall by up to 10% in 2016, but the decline will be less than in the past few years.

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China Reinsurance files for HK IPO

China Reinsurance files for HK IPO

State-owned reinsurer could raise up to US$2bn, hires CICC, UBS and HSBC as joint sponsors.

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Indonesia relaxes insurers’ bond-buying rules

Indonesia relaxes insurers’ bond-buying rules

An initiative by the Indonesian Financial Services Authority is designed to help stimulate the local markets.

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Guy Carpenter hails Panda bond as “historic”

Guy Carpenter hails Panda bond as “historic”

Cat bond exemplifies the benefits of convergence between reinsurance and capital markets, says David Priebe.

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S&P warns Chinese insurers of equity risks

S&P warns Chinese insurers of equity risks

Insurers should stay prudent after China’s relaxation of regulatory limits on equity investments.

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PICC buys US$1.6bn stake in Fujian bank

PICC buys US$1.6bn stake in Fujian bank

The acquisition increases PICC’s stake in Hong Kong-listed Industrial Bank Co to 14%.

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Chinese insurers inject US$18bn of liquidity

Chinese insurers inject US$18bn of liquidity

Regulator increases the limits for insurers to invest in blue-chip stocks to prop up sky-high stock market valuations.

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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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