Scores of AXA Hong Kong customers are demanding compensation of millions of dollars from the insurer following the collapse of a high-risk investment fund sold on its platform. The unhappiness had simmered since the middle of last year but boiled over at the end of last month.
China's use of special purpose bonds (SPBs) to fund infrastructure will boost investment and support economic growth amid an increasingly uncertain environment, but the measure may raise debt at state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and contingent liabilities for regional and local governments (RLGs), says Moody's Investors Service.
Taiwan's financial regulator will soon open up investment by insurance companies in domestically issued exchange traded notes (ETNs), reported Reuters citing two officials.
The sukuk market enjoyed a strong start to the year but this performance may weaken, S&P Global Ratings says in a new report, titled "The Sukuk Market Starts 2019 Well, But Activity Might Taper Off".
Persistently low and falling bond yields in Japan are likely to encourage life insurers to accumulate more foreign bonds, says Fitch Ratings in a new report.
Stock market conditions can have a significant effect on the investment results of the life insurance industry because the portion of investments placed in these instruments is relatively high, according to the Indonesian Life Insurance Association (AAJI).
Additional funds of CNY1.7trn ($246bn) would flow into China's domestic stocks if regulators were to raise the equities investment ceiling of insurance companies by 10 percentage points, according to an estimate by Great Wall Securities.
The central government has endorsed increasing the issuance of special local government bonds to support economic growth and maintain reasonable and ample liquidity in the market, according to a notice on local government bonds issued on 10 June.
At the end of April, the insurance industry in China had insurance funds of CNY16.99trn ($2.45trn), of which the amount invested in stocks and securities funds was CNY2.14trn, representing 12.58% of total insurance funds, according to data from the CBIRC.
The participation of insurance companies in private sector healthcare is conducive to providing diverse medical services and competition in the sector, according to a senior CBIRC official.