Asia Risk - VOLUME 15/ISSUE 2

Out of their hands

Some regulators have suggested profits based on uncertain valuations of complex products should not be allowed to flow into earnings and be distributed in the form of dividends and bonuses – a move that potentially has massive implications for the…

Facing the challenge

The Chinese insurance sector has experienced an unprecedented level of growth in recent years, but as the premium inflows pile up, is its risk management approach adequate?

Building up bonds

Tax and structural changes in the South Korean government bond market last year will likely result in a significant rise in liquidity in this market this year, so facilitating the use of more sophisticated trading strategies.

A shift in focus

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission chief, Martin Wheatley, has devoted a lot of his staff’s time to revising Hong Kong’s investment products sales practices following large losses by retail investors. But that has not diverted attention from…

Delivering on FX

Banks in the Asia-Pacific region are ramping up their proprietary electronic foreign exchange platforms in an attempt to capture a bigger slice of Asia’s burgeoning forex business. How is the shake-up in the market progressing?

A natural progression?

The widescale demand for catastrophe bonds in Asia has been heralded for many years now. But outside Japan and to a lesser extent Taiwan, overall penetration of catastrophe insurance in Asia remains low. Is this all about to change?

Hedging risks rethink

Sharp moves in foreign exchange currency pairs during the past 18 months have resulted in institutional investors reappraising their currency risks and hedging techniques. Some investors are using new instruments to better match their liquidity profiles…

Solvency sanctuary?

Asian insurance companies have sat up and paid attention to their solvency ratios during the past two years like never before. This has led to unprecedented levels of derivatives take-up. But will this conversion to derivatives last?