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Insurers given wider access to bonds

The country's insurance regulator has allowed insurers to buy corporate bonds that come without guarantees, taking yet another step to widen their access to riskier but higher-yielding investments.

Wednesday, 16 May, 2012, 12:00am

Asia offers high yields to attract customers

Yield-hungry Asian investors, with a voracious appetite for bonds fuelled by record issuances by companies showing promising balance sheets, have helped push Asian high-yield bonds to a new level. A surge in so-called dim sum bonds, or yuan-denominated bonds offered in Hong Kong, is also driving growth.

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

China Life to favour bonds for investment

Insurer to cut equity holdings amid volatility

China Life Insurance, the mainland's largest insurer, says it will offload some equity holdings in favour of bonds as the mainland capital market turns increasingly turbulent.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Stock market gains to boost insurers

Despite the gloomy investment outlook for the sector, the three major listed mainland insurers are expected to report that they have at least doubled their earnings for last year, thanks mainly to hefty profits taken on the once-booming A-share market.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Rocky share market hits insurers

Mainland insurers recorded the biggest monthly decline in their equity portfolio value in a year in January, stoking fears that the turbulent stock market will hurt the sector's bottom line.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Insurers see investment values dip

Mainland insurers saw a drop in their investments' market value last month when the A-share market slumped 18 per cent after advancing 130 per cent over the first 10 months.

Despite the reduction, insurers' investments still totalled 1.83 trillion yuan as of the end of November, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission said.

27 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

China insurer's strength points to debut bonanza

Shares of China Pacific Insurance (Group) are expected to jump at least 33 per cent on their trading debut today amid mainland investors' mounting interest in insurers with strong life and property divisions.

25 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Mainland insurance premiums rise 22.7pc

Demand for flats, cars spurs non-life growth

Insurance premiums in the mainland rose 22.7 per cent in the first quarter of this year, helped by higher growth in non-life business as the robust economy drove demand for housing and cars and their related insurance products.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Ping An gains from market rally and premium growth

Ping An Insurance, the mainland's second-largest insurance group, reported a sharper than expected 83.4 per cent growth in half-year profit, thanks to strong investment income amid the stock market revival and growth in premium.

16 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Happy days for high-yield credit may be nearing end

The party may not be quite over for investors hunting down absolute returns on offer from Asia's high-

yield bonds, and to a lesser degree property investment, but with yields and positive interest rates on

the retreat, the call for 'last orders, please' may be ringing out soon.

20 Apr 2006 - 12:00am