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  1. Business - Companies - ACQUISITIONS

    Manulife to buy Standard Life’s Canadian operations for C$4b

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 09:33am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Toronto Manulife Financial Corp has agreed to acquire the Canadian operations of Standard Life for about C$4 billion (HK$28.4 billion) in cash in a deal that significantly ... distributing Standard Life funds in Canada, the United States and Asia, and Standard Life doing the same in the British retail market. “I think this is a good deal for Manulife,” said Morningstar ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1584906/manulife-buy-standard-lifes-canadian-operations-c4b
  2. 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
  3. Business - China Business

    New China Life boosts first-half net profit 71pc on investment gains

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 01:27am by Kwong Man-ki

    ... Kwong Man-ki in Beijing phoenix.kwong@scmp.com Mainland insurer's 71pc net profit gain for first half also aided by bigger premiums haul Investment income lifts New China Life earnings New China Life Insurance, the mainland's third-largest life insurer by market share, said first-half earnings rose 71.4 per cent on the back of better investment income and insurance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1580991/new-china-life-boosts-first-half-net-profit-71pc-investment
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1577246/fosun-international-talks-buy-swiss-res-us-life-insurance-unit
  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. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1524111/dai-ichi-life-looks-buy-us-insurer-protective-life
  6. Business - SPORT

    White collar boxers learn that life on the ropes requires perseverance

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 01:58am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Benjamin Robertson benjamin.robertson@scmp.com White collar boxers find out that perseverance counts as promoter brings tournament to Macau after similar competitions in Shanghai Executives learn life on the ropes is tough By day Mark Daniels sells slot machines to Macau's casino operators on behalf of his employer, Australian based Aristocrat Technologies. By night he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1556506/white-collar-boxers-learn-life-ropes-requires-perseverance
  7. Business - Money

    AXA in talks to sell Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund unit

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 06:19am by Bloomberg

    ... the discussions are confidential. It has also drawn suitors including Sun Life Financial, Principal Financial Group and FIL, according to the people. The French insurer looks after the 10th-largest pool ... faster-growing markets including the mainland by next year from 2010. Evonne Inn, a spokeswoman for AXA, said she could not comment. Representatives for Manulife, Sun Life, Principal and FIL declined ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1590512/axa-talks-sell-hong-kong-mandatory-provident-fund
  8. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Structural change in United States will impact on China

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:39am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn As one economic problem shows signs of receding, another comes into view. Such is the nature of things. For the last five years the dominant issue has been whether or not quantitative easing (QE) would succeed in stimulating growth in Europe and the US. Now that growth has emerged there is concern over whether this life support mechanism can be turned off without undue ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1594169/structural-change-united-states-will-impact-china
  9. Business - China Business - ACQUISITION

    Lianhua falls after trade resumes on plan to buy rival supermarket

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 11:35am by Sophie Yu

    ... Sophie Yu sophie.yu@scmp.com Lianhua Supermarket Holdings fell 8.8 per cent to HK$4.85 at 11am on Wednesday after a two day suspension in trading of its shares. On Tuesday it announced plans to acquire 100 per cent of Yiwu City Life Supermarket, without elaborating on the size of the investment. The consideration will be in the form of new domestic shares to be issued ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1589244/lianhua-falls-after-trade-resumes-plan-buy-rival-supermarket
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MACROSCOPE

    Can the BRICS lead?

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 10:46am by PATRICK LOW

    ... coalitions in today’s multi-polar world is undeniable Do they encapsulate emerging economy realities and aspirations? Are they representative? Are they cohesive? The BRICS group started life casually ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1594460/can-brics-lead

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