Opinion on Life and Pensions in Asia-Pacific

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BNP Paribas: making deals

French giant BNP Paribas will buy Cogent from Australia's AMP. The move is one of a string of deals that BNP Paribas has pursued as part of its international expansion, proving there is some conviction behind its global aspirations. However, it still has much to do before it can rival the likes of Citigroup and HSBC.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Aviva: results influenced by outside forces

Aviva's [AV.L] H1 results were somewhat overshadowed by a larger than forecast reduction in long-term investments and a reduction in net asset value. Aviva has also announced further investment in the Asia Pacific region as a means to future growth, but it should perhaps be a little cautious as China is currently on everyone's expansion list.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2004
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CommentWire

Aviva: a successful life in India

Aviva's [AV.L] Indian business has been busy: it is to increase its branch network in the country from 24 to 37 outlets, while simultaneously launching a new savings-cum-protection product. Expanding in India looks a sensible move from Aviva, given the explosive growth in wealth which is occurring in this market.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jun 2005
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Expert View

Aviva results hit by tough UK market

Aviva, the UK's largest insurer, has announced its third quarter results for its long-term savings business. Despite encouraging growth in continental European sales, weakening gross margins in the UK have left analysts somewhat underwhelmed. Datamonitor's James Greenwell argues that the firm must not be distracted from the challenges facing its UK business...

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2005
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Automatic pension enrolment will be too soon for some

Due to concerns that UK consumers are saving insufficiently for their retirement, employees are to be automatically enrolled into pension schemes. The initiative will start to roll out in 2012 and will be fully implemented by 2018. However, due to the current squeeze on many consumers' incomes, Datamonitor believes that it is not the correct time to initiate the program.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2012
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CommentWire

Australia: Suncorp aims to raise capital

Australian insurance and banking company Suncorp has announced a capital raising of at least A$900 million, while also downgrading its interim after-tax profit to A$250-270 million, weighed down by spiraling expenses for bad debts. Furthermore, in a surprise move, the company's chief executive, John Mulcahy, is stepping down from his position as soon as a replacement can be found.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2009
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CommentWire

Australia: Challenger and AXA trade businesses

Challenger and AXA have agreed to trade business, with Challenger exchanging its financial planning division for AXA's closed annuities portfolio and a consideration of $100 million. The asset swap has been welcomed by industry observers, as it will allow AXA to free up capital and gain financial planners, while Challenger will reap scale benefits for its annuities.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2008
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CommentWire

Asian millionaires: a tough bunch

The number of Asian millionaires is still increasing, despite global market volatility. Asia's economies have seen strong economic growth, while income inequality has not diminished. The combination of evolving investor preferences, increasingly rich investors, and limited competition makes Asia increasingly seem the wealth management market to be in.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2002
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CommentWire

Asian hedge funds: false hope

Fund managers in Hong Kong and Singapore are already developing new hedge fund products, as governments plan to liberalize regulations. However, there's little fit between hedge funds and their new target, retail investors. There may soon be a lot of disappointed asset managers across Asia - and a waste of valuable marketing resources.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Aug 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Asia-Pacific: liquid assets to grow 6% annually

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2002

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