Opinion on Life and Pensions in Asia-Pacific

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CommentWire
CommentWire

Aegon/Ranbaxy: joining forces for the long term

With its surging macroeconomic growth and vast population, Dutch investments provider Aegon's decision to team up with local firm Ranbaxy to offer asset management and insurance services in India is underpinned by sound logic. However both firms must realize that their partnership will take time to bear fruit in a market unfamiliar with the complexities of advanced investment products.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

AMP: facing facts

Australian Life insurer and fund manager AMP has announced its plan to spin off its UK business in a plan to revive the group's flagging fortunes and concentrate on its core domestic market. If current market conditions continue, other companies may make similar plans.

Published By Datamonitor
01 May 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

AMP: selling the leaking boat before it floats?

Old Mutual [OML.L] is reportedly lining up a GBP1.5 billion bid that could put AMP's plans to float its northern hemisphere business on hold. Old Mutual's expansion outside of South Africa is in stark contrast to AMP's retrenchment to its home markets. Indeed, the weakened AMP group might even attract bids for more than just its UK operations.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2003
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Asia-Pacific wealth: 6.4% of Japanese will be 'wealthy' by 2004

Published By Datamonitor
06 Mar 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

Asia-Pacific: liquid assets to grow 6% annually

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2002
CommentWire
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
CommentWire
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
CommentWire
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
CommentWire
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
Expert View
Expert View

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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