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  1. Business - China Business - EARNINGS

    Insurer China Life diversifies with bid for Sinopec retail unit

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 05:03am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Kwong Man-ki in Beijing phoenix.kwong@scmp.com Mainland insurer targeting petrol station chain after reporting 13pc rise in first-half net profit China Life in bid for Sinopec unit China Life Insurance is seeking to diversify its investment portfolio by planning to invest in China Petroleum & Chemical Corp's (Sinopec) retail unit after reporting better-than-expected ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1581324/insurer-china-life-diversifies-bid-sinopec-retail-unit
  2. Business - Companies - INVESTMENT

    Investment firm Fosun shopping overseas for insurance firms

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 10:08am by Toh Han Shih, Langi Chiang

    ... Toh Han Shih and Langi Chiang Shanghai-based firm's acquisition wish listalso includes a HK brokerage and a bank Fosun shopping overseas for insurance firms Fosun International will use its Portuguese insurance firms' kitty of €12.6 billion (HK$128.9 billion) to invest in property and stocks in Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development countries to reduce ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1581050/fosun-insurance-revenue-8294pc
  3. Business - Banking & Finance - DEBT

    Taiwan insurers chase foreign bond offerings

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 01:10am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Taipei With US$580 billion of assets, the industry eyes better yields from yuan and US dollar issues Taiwan insurers chase foreign bond offerings Taiwan's insurers drove ... US$950 million in Taiwan's largest such sale. All of the dollar securities were bought by insurers, as were 40 per cent of Formosa bonds with maturities of three and five years, according ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1580684/taiwan-insurers-chase-foreign-bond-offerings
  4. News - China - HEALTH

    Chinese firm offers baby milk insurance after food safety scandals

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 06:34pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address concerns about food safety in China. Suning Commerce Group, which owns the Redbaby chain of stores, said it had launched the policy this week, backed by China’s second largest insurer Ping An Insurance Group. The policy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1579367/chinese-firm-offers-baby-milk-insurance-after-food-safety-scandals
  5. Business - Companies - ACQUISITION

    Acquisition of assets from parent boosts insurer China Taiping’s profit

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 03:47pm by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Kwong Man-ki in Beijing phoenix.kwong@scmp.com Mainland insurer China Taiping said its first-half earnings rose by 179 per cent year on year as the profit contribution from premium ... said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Thursday. The acquisition of shares in Taiping Life and Taiping General Insurance was completed by the end of last year, it said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1578484/acquisition-assets-parent-boosts-insurer-china-taipings-profit
  6. News - China - ONE-CHILD POLICY

    Beijing proposes insurance for ageing parents to cover death of only child

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 04:36pm by LAURA ZHOU

    ... Laura Zhou laura.zhou@scmp.com Government considering alternative compensation scheme for parents who lose their support in old age Beijing has proposed an insurance system for parents who ... and family planning commission, said on Thursday that an early plan was for a government-owned fund to invest in insurance for these grieving parents, The Beijing News reported. In China, where ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1578509/beijing-proposes-insurance-ageing-parents-cover-death-only-child
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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