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  1. Business - Companies - INSURANCE

    AIA’s third quarter new business up 23pc to record US$468m

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 09:15am by Sophie Yu

    ... of outbound telesales earlier in the year. Other markets, including Indonesia, continued to be affected by unfavourable exchange rate movements and from liquidity tightening in the banking sector, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1618265/aias-third-quarter-new-business-23pc-record-us468m
  2. Business - Money - INSURANCE

    SFC to step up oversight of investment-linked insurance

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

    ... the source added. Last year, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority tightened banks' sales of investment linked products. HSBC also changed policies by paying a fixed salary instead of commission ... 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 ...

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

    Munich Re targets new insurance niche with Hong Kong regional base

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 03:58am by JING YANG

    ... Jing Yang jing.yang@scmp.com Insurer sets up new regional underwriting operation as it shifts focus to underserved markets such as natural disasters Munich targets new niche with HK regional base Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurer, is consolida ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1603540/munich-re-targets-new-insurance-niche-hong-kong
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - INSURANCE

    Regulatory issues holding back growth in bank insurance

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:09am by Enoch Yiu

    ... the number of bank-insurance partnerships. "Many banks have refused to sell investment-linked products since July due to the HKMA regulation." Tay said MassMutual still relied on its agency ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Citibank's deal with AIA proves a boost to industry growth, though most insurers face shortage of bank partners due to regulations HKMA rules hold back ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1439693/regulatory-issues-holding-back-growth-bank-insurance
  5. Business - Banking & Finance - INSURANCE

    China insurers allowed to invest more in equities and real estate

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 01:32pm by Kwong Man-ki and Sandy Li

    ... to relax curbs on investment The mainland's insurance regulator is planning to allow insurers to invest a bigger share of their portfolios in equities and real estate in the hope it will boost their investment returns. The China Insurance Regulatory Commission plans to loosen caps on insurers' investments in equities to 30 per cent of total assets from the current 25 per cent, the China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1329314/china-insurers-allowed-invest-more-equities-and-real-estate
  6. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Chinese insurers could see better prospects after first-half squeeze

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

    ... pledge of support. Insurers will have more room or buffer to expand into new insurance segments if bolstered by better investment income Chen Xingyu, Phillip Securities analyst The cabinet ... said reforms of the investment channels available to insurers would also be needed to boost returns. “Insurers will have more room or buffer to expand into new insurance segments if bolstered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1575997/chinese-insurers-could-see-better-prospects-after-first-half
  7. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    China Life sees profit slump on investment losses

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... investment returns and forcing them to write down some equity holdings. Smaller competitor Ping An Insurance reported a 3 per cent profit increase this month as bigger banking revenue helped offset ... Investment income, mainly interest earned from bond holdings and bank deposits, rose 23 per cent to 80 billion yuan, according to the statement. The firm said on February 28 that profit probably ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1201349/china-life-sees-profit-slump-investment-losses
  8. Business - Money - INSURANCE

    City insurance authority bans indemnity commissions

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

    ... investment and estate planning structures. Sales of these products typically fall between the various stools of the city's fragmented regulations that critics say agents exploit to engage ... it was not clear if they would apply to lump-sum investment-linked assurance schemes accounts, also known as portfolio bonds. The rules also put the onus on insurers to develop products that "do ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1566873/city-insurance-authority-bans-indemnity-commissions
  9. Business - Money - INSURANCE

    Mainland insurers win nod to invest in financial derivatives for hedging

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by Daniel Ren

    ... Daniel Ren in Shanghai ren.wei@scmp.com New rule helps widen investment channels for insurers to hedge against slump in stock market Mainland insurerscleared to invest in derivatives Mainland insurers have been given permission to invest in financial derivatives, including stock index futures, which could help them hedge against a downturn in the stock market. The China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1068300/mainland-insurers-win-nod-invest-financial
  10. 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

    ... to all insurance products, industry insiders expect it will only used for the problematic investment-linked assurance schemes (ILAS). In an irony that would be appreciated by ILAS clients who ...

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

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