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  1. Business - Companies

    Fosun International in talks to buy Swiss Re's US life insurance unit

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 01:34am by BLOOM

    ... life insurance arm of Swiss Re, people with knowledge of the matter said. Fosun was seeking to buy Aurora National Life Assurance for between US$400 million and US$500 million, the people said. A deal had not been reached and the talks could still fall through, they said. Zurich-based Swiss Re began working with Barclays last year to sell Aurora, a life insurance and annuity provider ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1577246/fosun-international-talks-buy-swiss-res-us-life-insurance-unit
  2. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Chinese insurers could see better prospects after first-half squeeze

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 01:56pm by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Kwong Man-ki in Beijing phoenix.kwong@scmp.com Stagnant premium business is expected to have hindered the first-half performance of China's leading insurers, but they may see better prospects following the State Council’s pledges to accelerate the sector’s development. The lack of a new growth engine in premium business had stemmed insurers’ earnings growth in the first half, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1575997/chinese-insurers-could-see-better-prospects-after-first-half
  3. Education is key to capturing insurance market share

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:34pm by Reports by Krystin Chu and Khay Inn Poh

    ... Reports by Krystin Chu and Khay Inn Poh Indonesia is a crucial market for insurance companies. Given the low insurance penetration rate in the country- 1.2 per cent as of 2012- there is a great deal of untapped potential in the insurance sector. As Indonesia's growing middle class gains more disposable income, the sector is forecast to flourish alongside government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1576072/education-key-capturing-insurance-market-share
  4. Business - Companies - ACQUISITIONS

    Fosun acquires 20pc of Ironshore for US$463.83m as it continues insurance push

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 10:04am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Shanghai-based Fosun International has stepped up its investment in the global insurance industry with the announcement that it is acquiring a 20 per cent ... and Singapore. Fosun chairman Guo Guangchang said the deal would further expand the group’s insurance business and strengthen its ability to access long-term, high-quality capital. Fosun has been seeking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1575904/fosun-acquires-20pc-ironshore-us46383m-it-continues-insurance
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHITE COLLAR

    What's in a name? Some insurance policies smell too sweet

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 12:19pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu Government should require the name of a product to reflect the truth to protect consumers Why the name of insurance policies matters so much The government should think about banning products from being called life insurance if the life coverage is too low. New guidance issued by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance last week on investment-linked insurance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1571220/whats-name-some-insurance-policies-smell-too-sweet
  6. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Reforms on insurance-linked investment products bring shake-up

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 03:56am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Benjamin Robertson benjamin.robertson@scmp.com Reforms that ban upfront commissions on controversial insurance-linked products will have a major impact on a sector plagued by bad practice ... will have a major impact on how life insurance companies and agents operate, say analysts and senior industry executives. They argue that commissions and product fees will drop and clients ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/investment-products/article/1570890/reforms-insurance-linked-investment-products
  7. Business - Money - INSURANCE

    City insurance authority bans indemnity commissions

    Posted Aug 05th 2014, 01:13pm by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Agents face tighter payment rules Hong Kong's insurance authority has banned upfront commission payments on long-term policies in a move to clean up a HK$17 billion-a-year business plagued by persistent complaints of unscrupulous sales practices. The ban will hit a cutthroat insurance savings plan industry marketed to both expatriate and local investors, which combines life insurance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1566873/city-insurance-authority-bans-indemnity-commissions
  8. Comment - Letters

    Insurance industry failing to look after customers' interests

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 04:39am by LETTERS

    ... Insurance industry failing to look after customers' interests I am an actuary with nearly 30 years' experience working in the insurance industry all over the world. I left the industry two years ago. Lindell Lucy (" Strengthen licence requirements for insurance agents ", July 19) has articulated perfectly the reasons why. The fact that the Hong Kong Federation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1558449/insurance-industry-failing-look-after-customers-interests
  9. Business - Money - DEBT

    Insurance-backed bonds from Chinese firms tempt with high yields

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 01:06am by JASPER

    ... Jasper Moiseiwitsch jasper.moiseiwitsch@scmp.com Insurance-backed bonds to tempt with high yields Hong Kong-based First Equity Finance and Singapore-based IFA Capital are raising US$120 million through insurance-backed bonds for two mainland firms. Jiangsu Sujia Group, a diversified entity, is issuing a US$100 million bond to build a retirement centre in Jiangsu province. Nanjing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1557734/insurance-backed-bonds-chinese-firms-tempt-high
  10. Business - Money

    Chart of the day: Stress-testing mainland insurers

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 12:23am by NICK EDWARDS

    ... Nick Edwards Chart of the day: Stress-testinginsurers Fears of rising mainland default risks have set investors scrutinising the exposure of insurers to "non-standard" and growth-levered assets- those potentially most susceptible to losses if the credit bubble bursts. But analysis by Macquarie Bank pinpoints traditional assets as the real danger for insurer enterprise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1557729/chart-day-stress-testing-mainland-insurers

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