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  • Life industry on a roll

    The life insurance industry in India, consisting of 24 companies, has seen robust growth in 2017, backed by new business models, better products, customer centric technological initiatives along with a growing trend of personal savings in India. The industry is poised for higher growth in the second half of the current financial year and private insurers are expected to lead the charge.  We speak to Mr Amitabh Chaudhry, MD & CEO, HDFC Life, on some of the issues the market is grappling with and what the future holds for the industry.

    Source : AIR | 01 Jan 2018
  • JLT Re: Sector's reserves in a "danger phase"

    Weakening reserves are a key risk, says Mr Mike Reynolds, Global CEO of JLT Re, as he shares with us the concerns and priorities of the broker for the year ahead.

    Source : AIR | 01 Jan 2018
  • Asia: "Insuring an auspicious start to the winning side of 2018"

    The foreign exchange reserves of major Asian economies have never been stronger. Yield hungry investors are chasing the attractive Asian combo of robust economic growth and still generous yields. The prospects of further liberalisation of economy in the region is further catalysing the investment scenario in Asia. This is despite the Fed-rates inching up gradually in recent times. Leading economists attribute this record surge in foreign exchange reserves on the back of sizeable investments, to the resilience and promise of the Asian economies.

    Source : AIR | 01 Oct 2017
  • Singapore: Call made for bond default insurance

    Singapore’s watchdog for minority shareholders and a leading law firm are proposing an insurance scheme to protect bond investors from default.

    Source : AIR | 01 Oct 2017
  • Indian Insurers: IPOs and beyond

    With as many as six (re)insurers lined up with IPOs amounting to around US$7.8 billion, the journey ahead for the Indian insurance industry will be quite exciting. 

    Source : AIR | 01 Oct 2017
  • Allocating Overseas: What Asia insurers can learn from insurers in developed markets

    As a curtain raiser to our 5th Asia Investment Management Summit for Insurance in Hong Kong next month, we highlight the four key considerations PineBridge Investments think every insurer should review before setting up an overseas allocation.

    Source : AIR | 01 Oct 2017
  • Insurers fight to preserve their profitability

    Our curtain raiser to the Investment Management Conference this month presents BlackRock’s take on how insurers are rethinking their investment portfolios given the squeeze on profitability.

    Source : AIR | 01 Nov 2017
  • Asia Insurance Review launches the Asia Advisers Network to serve agents and advisers

    The region’s premier insurance publication Asia Insurance Review (AIR) has launched the Asia Advisers Network (AAN), a dedicated platform to meet the information needs of advisers and agency leaders at www.AsiaAdvisersNetwork.com

    Source : AIR | 01 Dec 2017
  • Banking crisis and insurance industry - view from India

    Minor aberrations apart, the recent crisis in India’s banking industry does not appear to have impacted the Indian insurance industry. 

    Source : AIR | 01 Dec 2019
  • Pakistan: Call for insurers to be allowed to invest in private equity funds

    The financial regulator should allow insurers, pension funds and provident funds to invest in private equity funds, said speakers at a workshop organised by USAID in collaboration with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in December 2017.

    Source : AIR | 01 Feb 2018
  • Taiwan: Life insurers cut investment in commercial properties

    Commercial property transactions in Taiwan rose only slightly in 2017, as a fall in investment by life insurers affected growth, says property management firm Savills.

    Source : AIR | 01 Feb 2018
  • ILS potential within Belt and Road Initiative

    Asia Insurance Review spoke with ECIS-focused Bermudian ILS specialist Phoenix CRetro chief executive Kirill Savrassov about insurance-linked securities as a risk transfer option for BRI.

    Source : AIR | 01 Feb 2019
  • Indonesia: WanaArtha Life on infrastructure development funding through PPP

    As a member of the Indonesia Business Working Group under the World Economic Forum, WanaArtha Life hopes to ease the flow of insurance funds into infrastructure projects in the country.

    Source : AIR | 01 Mar 2018
  • View from India: Will the enhanced foreign investment limit catalyse the industry?

    India has proposed lifting the limit of foreign investment in insurance from 49% to 74%. Will it translate into a surge in foreign investments?

    Source : AIR | 01 Mar 2021
  • Taiwan: Regulator wants life insurers to hold more fixed income assets

    The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) has said that regulators would work toward deregulation to revive the appetite of local fixed-income investors – mainly insurers’ – for structured-finance products.

    Source : AIR | 01 Apr 2018
  • India's actuarial pioneers

    K A Pandit Consultants & Actuaries is India’s oldest actuarial firm and it is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. The firm is today a major player in the Indian market where it operates in the life insurance, non-life insurance and employee benefits space, and is also a member of Abelica Global, a global consortium of actuaries. We speak to Mr Dharmendra K Pandit, partner, on the journey so far and the role of actuaries in today’s highly automated industry.

    Source : AIR | 01 Apr 2018
  • South Korea: Life insurers seen to invest more in foreign assets

    Korean life insurers are expected increasingly to divest themselves from some of their longer-dated domestic bond holdings in favour of higher-yielding foreign assets, reports Bloomberg citing Mr Karan Talwar, Hong Kong-based investment specialist for emerging-market debt at BNP Paribas Asset Management. 

    Source : AIR | 01 May 2018
  • China: Regulator promises severe penalties for those who violate financial sector regulations

    The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) has warned that it would take a ‘high pressure’ stance to impose strict penalties and press for strict accountability in cases of violations of laws and regulations.

    Source : AIR | 01 Jun 2018
  • Japan: Insurers consider backing off from loans and investments to coal sector

    Japanese insurance companies are mulling limits on coal-fired power financing, reported Bloomberg.

    Source : AIR | 01 Jun 2018
  • South Korea: Life insurers increasingly focused on capital adequacy

    South Korean life insurers are increasingly challenged to maintain capital soundness as they grapple with regulatory capital reforms. Several have turned to issuing debt and seeking M&A options to broaden their capital base, said Fitch Ratings. 

    Source : AIR | 01 Jun 2018
  • Insurance investments - Ethics or profits?

    Profit is usually the sole purpose of investment. However, should investment instead be ethical and socially responsible? Should insurance companies, especially public sector companies, keep away from investing in tobacco companies, even at the cost of substantial profits?

    Source : AIR | 01 Jul 2017
  • Taiwan: Transglobe to sell building in biggest property deal this year

    Transglobe Life Insurance plans to auction off an office building in downtown Taipei to better allocate its assets in what is likely to be the biggest commercial property deal this year.

    Source : AIR | 01 Jul 2017
  • Indonesia: Life insurers favour stocks and mutual funds in investment

    Stock and mutual funds will still be the main investment choice of life insurers, with the Indonesian Life Insurance Association (AAJI) optimistic that both instruments will perform well this year.

    Source : AIR | 01 Jul 2018
  • Pakistan: Guarantee/surety bond market opens up

    The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has allowed insurance companies to issue guarantees/bonds including custom bonds, fidelity bonds, mobilisation advance guarantees, administration bonds and payment bonds to a party or a group.

    Source : AIR | 01 Jul 2018
  • New solvency regimes will alter approach to investments

    Changes in solvency and accounting rules will prompt insurance companies in Asia to rethink their investment decisions. We speak with Dr Bruce Porteous of Standard Life Investments about the current investment situation in Asia.

    Source : AIR | 01 Aug 2017
  • Taiwan: US trade body publishes blueprint for insurance sector

    The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei has proposed several long-term goals and short-term objectives for the island’s insurance market so as to cover protection gaps.

    Source : AIR | 01 Aug 2018
  • Japan: Life insurers unhurried about investing in foreign bonds

    Japanese life insurers have stalled over plans to invest heavily in foreign bonds in the current fiscal year ending March 2018, as yields remain limited while the costs of covering currency exchange risks have grown.

    Source : AIR | 01 Sep 2017