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  1. Lifestyle - Books

    E-books/audiobooks: fiction

    Posted Oct 04th 2014, 11:16pm by James Kidd

    ... in part because he increased her life insurance, but also because the public see him as a cold fish. Flynn weighs Nick's present with the Dunnes' marriage, deftly throwing red herrings ...

  2. Lifestyle - Books

    When fiction hits lull, novelist turns to technology

    Posted Oct 04th 2014, 11:16pm by Ajay Singh

    ... Chandra writes in Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty, his fourth book and first work of nonfiction. "The shock of seeing my secret life made public, in print, thrilled my ... in the body and in spirit, is new and nobody quite understands yet what we're doing to ourselves. Are you concerned about the pervasive monitoring of public life by governments through ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Business - Companies - ACQUISITIONS

    Dai-ichi Life looks to buy US insurer Protective Life

    Posted Jun 03rd 2014, 01:30am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo Deal-hungry giant in talks for Protective Life, a source says, with a tipped US$5b-plus price tag ranking as the biggest move by a Japan insurer Dai-ichi Life looks to buy U.S. insurer Japanese insurer Dai-ichi Life is in advanced talks to buy Protective Life of the United States in a deal that could be worth more than US$5 billion, a source said yesterday. ...

  6. Business - Companies - DISPOSALS

    Richard Li's insurance firm gains, while HKT shares fall in HK$1b deal

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 12:22pm by BIEN PEREZ, Sophie Yu

    ... the city's largest telecommunications network operator. The Hong Kong-based insurer's subsidiary, FWD Life Insurance (Bermuda), yesterday sold the group's entire 1.6 per cent stake in HKT ... bond issue last month were used to repay US$209 million in bank borrowings and inject capital into FWD's life insurance operations in Hong Kong. Barclays said it remained ...

  7. Lifestyle - Food & Wine

    Guide to the city's online food courier services

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 04:59pm by Nan-Hie In

    ... Nan-Hie In life@scmp.com Digital food couriers are taking off with the arrival of several newcomers, promising diners a wide variety of takeaway menus and to-the-door delivery. We put them ... Rohan Muralee, who works in insurance, is a regular user of FoodByWeb.com.hk "The vast majority of the restaurants do not deliver independently, so if you want food at home, then you can ...

  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education - INSIGHT

    Insight: greater clarity needed about what professional qualifications mean

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 09:39am by Katherine Forestier

    ... Katherine Forestier life@scmp.com Clarity on awards needed for cooperation For students who are completing their higher education, a degree- even at master's level- is often ... are also rapidly building their university partnerships. While overseas awards are not recognised for local practice in areas such as law, accountancy and insurance, they are well received ...

  9. Business - Companies - ANALYSIS

    FWD war chest talk after Richard Li sells HKT stake

    Posted Oct 13th 2014, 04:13am by Ray Chan

    ... in the region, particularly in Southeast Asia. Through his unlisted Pacific Century Group, Li bought the Hong Kong and Thailand operations of ING's life insurance business for more than US$2 billion ... a heightened round of activity in 2012, when British insurer Prudential bought Thailand's Thanachart Life Assurance for US$590 million and AIA sealed a US$1.7 billion acquisition of ING's ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    China to allow insurers to raise funds through preferred shares

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 05:10am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... life insurers were in need of funds to meet the regulatory requirement on solvency while seeking profit growth. However, listed insurers might prefer subordinated debts to preferred shares, ... Insurers to get extra channel to raise funds The mainland plans to allow insurers to issue preferred shares in a step to widen their funding channels to bolster solvency while pursuing growth. ...




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