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Jun 2020



Hong Kong: Business as usual for claims complaints

The Insurance Claims Complaints Panel statistics and case reviews for 2019.

Agents and advisers finalists announced


Australia: Actuaries back pre-disaster funding

In a statement made in its submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, the Actuaries Institute said it strongly supports a greater balance of spending on natural disasters to be pre-funding on mitigation and adaptation to prevent property damage rather than post-disaster funding on relief and recovery.

China: D&O liability insurance market take-off still tentative

In recent weeks, the Chinese D&O insurance market saw two events which are expected to boost the D&O liability insurance business.

Hong Kong: ZhongAn's JV receives online insurance licence

ZA Life, a joint venture between ZhongAn Technologies International Group and Fubon Life Hong Kong, has obtained a digital-only insurer licence from the Hong Kong Insurance Authority (IA) under the latter’s ‘Fast Track’ pilot scheme.

India: Insurers to suspend dividend payments for FY2020

In view of emerging market conditions, IRDAI has directed insurers to suspend dividend payments from profits pertaining to the financial year ended 31 March 2020 till further instructions. The move seeks to enable insurers to conserve capital in the interests of policyholders and the economy at large.

Thailand: Asian Re sees affirmed ratings and jump in operating profits

In its 2019 financial performance report, Bangkok-based Asian Reinsurance Corporation (Asian Re) posted a 135% increase in its operating profit to $1.86m and a 64% increase in its gross written premiums in 2019 compared to 2018. 


Global: Covea pulls plug on $9bn Partner Re deal amid COVID-19 uncertainty

French mutual insurer Covea has said it no longer plans to proceed with the deal agreed with Exor in March for the $9bn acquisition of reinsurer Partner Re, citing uncertainties in the global outlook.


RMS updates CAT models on cyber, climate and infectious disease

RMS has announced new updates for its models on infectious diseases, climate and cyber risk. Announcing the update at the annual Exceedance conference in early May, the company emphasised the high cost that acute and chronic risks pose in these aforementioned areas.