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China in Midst of Insurtech Boom: Opinion

While China’s fintech boom continues unabated, another fast-growing phenomenon has gone almost unnoticed — so-called insurtech, the latest industry to be spawned by the intersection of online finance and the world’s biggest army of internet shoppers. Even as Chinese regulators …

China Regulator Proposes Insurer Ownership Limits to Curb Risky Investments

Proposed ownership limits at Chinese insurance companies could effectively stop conglomerates such as China Evergrande Group and Baoneng Group from using their insurance units to help fund acquisitions and riskier investments. The draft China Insurance Regulatory Commission’s (CIRC) proposals, unveiled last week, would cap individual ownership …

Israeli Government Opposes Sale of Insurers to Chinese Investors: Source

Israel’s Finance Ministry opposes the sale of insurance companies to Chinese investors because it’s hesitant to put pension money in their hands, a senior government official said, a stance that could bode ill for Fujian Yango Group Co.’s bid to …

China Unveils Plans to Allow More Foreign Financial Services Investments

China unveiled plans on Friday to allow more foreign investment in banking, insurance, securities and credit-rating firms, as part of a wider opening up of the world’s second-largest economy. The moves could ease some frustration among foreign firms over their …

China’s Insurers Have Major Risk Management Deficiencies, Warns Regulator

Chinese insurance firms have significant risk management deficiencies, as they overly focus on asset management for profits and growth, a senior official at China’s insurance watchdog said on Saturday. Vice chairman Chen Wenhui of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) …

Chinese Insurers May Hike Overseas Investments by $100B over 3 Years: BNP Paribas

Chinese insurers may boost outbound investment by about $100 billion over the next three years, as they seek to diversify risks through buying more overseas securities, private equity and real estate, BNP Paribas said on Thursday, citing a survey. This …

Allianz to Launch Subsidiary in China to Target Overseas Investments: Sources

German insurer Allianz is setting up a wholly-owned unit in Shanghai to launch hedge funds that invest abroad, three sources said, as some foreign managers prepare for China to ease curbs on overseas investments aimed at stemming capital outflows. The …

China’s Anbang Eyes $2.3B Purchase of Japanese Property Assets: Sources

China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co. is in talks to buy as much as $2.3 billion in Japanese residential property assets from Blackstone Group, two people involved in the discussions said, in what would be Japan’s biggest property deal since the …

China’s Fosun International to Buy Stake in Portugual’s BCP for $185M

Fosun International Ltd. agreed to pay 174.6 million euros ($185 million) for a stake in Banco Comercial Portugues SA, Portugal’s biggest publicly traded lender by assets. A unit of Fosun will subscribe to about 157.4 million Banco Comercial shares at …

Fintech Firms Alibaba, Tencent Support China’s New Cyber Law Despite Foreign Opposition

China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. rallied behind Beijing’s recently imposed cyber security law on Thursday, following criticism of it from overseas technology rivals. The country’s two tech giants also urged closer cooperation between the public and …