Sunday, April 22, 2018

Legal/Regulatory

Foreign majors seek ownership rule review in Malaysia

Foreign majors seek ownership rule review in Malaysia

AIA, Great Eastern, Prudential and Tokio Marine say they are struggling to find suitable local partners.

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Opaque ownership worries risk managers

Opaque ownership worries risk managers

Third parties in Asia can contain hidden risks that keep risk managers awake at night.

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Guo Shuqing named head of China’s merged regulator

Guo Shuqing named head of China’s merged regulator

The former banking regulator is set to take over the new combined banking and insurance watchdog.

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China’s two top insurers to report increased profits

China’s two top insurers to report increased profits

Analysts are expecting Ping An and China Life to show double-digit profit increases.

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Japan to help develop Myanmar’s insurance sector

Japan to help develop Myanmar’s insurance sector

Prime minister Shinzo Abe made the commitment during the Myanmar-Japan Joint Economic Conference.

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Rescue plan for Indonesian life insurer collapses

Rescue plan for Indonesian life insurer collapses

Evergreen’s planned rescue of the embattled Bumiputera has failed after disagreements over funds.

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Joined-up regulation

Joined-up regulation

China’s banking and insurance regulators are merging as the country seeks to better control risks.

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Singapore’s LIA adopts new measures on incentives

Singapore’s LIA adopts new measures on incentives

The proposals cover sales targets, sign-on incentives and the monitoring of representatives.

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Philippine regulator shuts down five non-life firms

Philippine regulator shuts down five non-life firms

The companies failed to meet capital requirements set in the country’s insurance code since 2016.

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Thailand life market to maintain growth

Thailand life market to maintain growth

New bancassurance deals and a bigger pool of agents eligible to sell investment-linked insurance are drivers.

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China’s insurance and banking regulators to merge

China’s insurance and banking regulators to merge

The move is part of efforts to improve oversight of the financial system in the world’s second-largest economy.

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Philippines insurance premiums up 12% in 2017

Philippines insurance premiums up 12% in 2017

The country’s life insurance sector contributed more than three-quarters of total premiums.

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China’s premium income falls in January, says CIRC

China’s premium income falls in January, says CIRC

Premiums dropped 19.9% in the first month of this year, compared to an increase of 18.2% in 2017

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Taiwanese life insurers warned against investment practices

Taiwanese life insurers warned against investment practices

Fixed-income assets reportedly constitute less than 20% of local life insurers’ total investments.

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Philippines eyes initiatives to boost insurance sector

Philippines eyes initiatives to boost insurance sector

The measures are aimed at encouraging microinsurance and increasing digitalisation of the industry.

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India awaits new regulator

India awaits new regulator

The government is currently interviewing candidates vying to become its next regulatory chief.

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Prudential’s Malaysian unit eyes stake sale

Prudential’s Malaysian unit eyes stake sale

The sale of a 30% stake to Kumpulan Wang Persaraan could generate proceeds of about US$435m.

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Asian insurance M&A collapsed in 2017

Asian insurance M&A collapsed in 2017

The number of deals fell 42% thanks to foreign currency restrictions and regulatory uncertainty in China.

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