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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

    ... Phillip Securities analyst Chen Xingyu said. China Life Insurance and PICC Property & Casualty, the largest players in the life and non-life insurance segments respectively, faced the biggest ... cent to 14.3 billion yuan (HK$18 billion), while Shenyin Wanguo Securities expects the insurer’s earnings to grow 0.72 per cent to 16.32 billion yuan. China Life said its accumulated premium ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1575997/chinese-insurers-could-see-better-prospects-after-first-half
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Business - Banking & Finance - INSURANCE

    Chinese tourists buy 16pc of life insurance sold in Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 10:08am by Enoch Yiu

    ... carefully. Mainland tourists' share of new life insurance sold in the city grew to 16 per cent last year from 13 per cent in 2012, 9 per cent in 2011 and 4 per cent in 2010. Hong Kong insurance ... for the insurance industry, said mainlanders had become an important source of business for Hong Kong-based life insurance companies. "They don't just come here for cosmetic products or jewellery ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1466841/mainland-tourists-buy-1-6-life-insurance-policies-sold-hong
  5. Business - China Business - INSURANCE

    Strong profit growth forecast for Chinese life insurers

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 10:13am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Kwong Man-ki in Beijing phoenix.kwong@scmp.com Weaker earnings growth predicted for non-life players due to rising claim costs and the increase in sales of unprofitable car insurance Life insurers see profits rebound on investments The mainland's life insurers are poised to report robust growth in profit last year on the back of strong investment income, but the value of new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1445074/strong-profit-growth-forecast-chinese-life-insurers
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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 ... Knowing little about investing, Leung met a friend, Cat Lau, who worked at Convoy Financial Services, an advisory firm. Lau recommended Leung take out Standard Life's "Harvest 101 ...

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

    'Drunk insurance' being sold to Chinese World Cup fans

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

    ... sold in more than one week through online platform Taobao, while just four football hooligan insurance policies were sold by Friday. Xu Lin, a senior consultant at a life insurance firm, gave ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1533576/world-cup-fans-offered-novel-insurance-plans
  10. Business - Money - INSURANCE

    SFC to step up oversight of investment-linked insurance

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

    ... 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 ... sharing for staff selling these products. Investment-linked insurance policies are a combination of a life insurance policy and an investment fund which allow policyholders to choose how to invest ...

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

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