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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Hairy crab farmers get hot-weather insurance

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 11:59am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Swiss Re and China Pacific offer to protect crab farmers against heatwave risk to lucrative trade Insurers' latest hot idea: cover for hairy crabs China's insurance market is developing fast, with policies covering life, cars, property, pets and- hairy crabs. Mainland crab farmers can now insure the crustaceans to protect a business worth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1551807/hairy-crab-farmers-get-hot-weather-insurance
  4. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Insurers consider likelihood of catastrophic storm in the Pearl River Delta

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:26am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... Jasper Moiseiwitsch jasper.moiseiwitsch@scmp.com There is pain in rain for insurers that must pay out millions in claims as companies cast a wary eye at the industries in flood-prone areas ... with rising sea levels, you can write the script," said John Nelson, the London-based chairman of the insurance firm Lloyd's. The Pearl River Delta is the most flood-prone place on earth, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1548221/insurers-wary-flood-risks-china
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - INSURANCE

    Forced disclosure clause in draft insurance bill could kill industry, insiders complain

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 09:38am by Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... disclosure fuels market talk The insurance industry is buzzing about a clause buried in a draft bill that will launch the Independent Insurance Authority. The clause in the 478-page document says: "The Authority may … require a licensed insurance intermediary to take specified steps to ensure that disclosure is made to its clients of any commission or advantage that the intermediary ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1540781/forced-disclosure-clause-draft-insurance-bill-could-kill
  6. Business - Money - INSURANCE

    Hong Kong consumers angry after being sold complex insurance product ILAS

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by Nicky Burridge, Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... In February last year, Leung Chung-yan, 27, had some potentially cancerous masses removed from her breasts. The kindergarten teacher did not have medical insurance to cover the operation and had ... [Mandatory Provident Fund]". Plans such as Harvest 101 are created by insurance firms and sold by banks and financial advisers, who receive fees from the insurers. It is a big business. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/investment-products/article/1262327/hong-kong-consumers-angry-after-being-sold
  7. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    'Drunk insurance' being sold to Chinese World Cup fans

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:07am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... push themselves to the limit during the late-night endurance effort required of World Cup fever. Running in from the sidelines are insurers with some innovative products that can provide night ... midnight, insurers have been quick to spot a new market and to come up with some catchy names for products costing as little as 3 yuan (HK$3.74). "Night owl insurance", valid for 30 days, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1533576/world-cup-fans-offered-novel-insurance-plans
  8. News - Hong Kong - INSURANCE

    More complaints against insurers

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com The regulator says the 18 per cent increase in cases is because more policies are being sold More complaints against insurers The number of complaints received by the insurance industry's self-regulator climbed almost a fifth last year but the watchdog said it just reflected the fact that more people were buying insurance. There was no indication that more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1200508/more-complaints-against-insurers
  9. Business - Money - INSURANCE

    SFC to step up oversight of investment-linked insurance

    Posted May 21st 2014, 01:11am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Tighter rules for investment-linked policies aim to protect investors from high pressure tactics SFC to step up oversight of insurance sector Hong Kong regulators are set to tighten regulation of insurance companies that created controversial investment-linked insurance life policies after scandals and high profile probes forced watchdogs to close ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1516720/sfc-step-oversight-investment-linked-insurance
  10. Business - Money - INSURANCE

    Yuan life insurance policies to remain popular in Hong Kong despite depreciation

    Posted May 19th 2014, 03:22am by Enoch Yiu

    ... to remain popular The depreciation of the yuan in recent months did not hurt sales of yuan life insurance policies as buyers are eyeing the longer-term growth of the currency, according to industry players. BOC Group Life Assurance chief executive Terry Lo Kin-wing said half the new life insurance sales at his company still came from yuan policies during the first quarter, similar to Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1515192/yuan-life-insurance-policies-remain-popular-hk

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