Rising interest rates pose challenge for Asia insurers

ALM benefits potentially outweighed by rise in lapses

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The US Federal Reserve is unwinding its monetary stimulus programme as its economy gains strength in a move that is seen as paving the way for higher interest rates, possibly in mid-2015. With speculation of a rise in US interest rates it is likely that central banks in Asia will follow suit.

Against this backdrop, companies operating in Asia have been forced to look at how their balance sheet might be impacted by a rise in rates. While so far corporates have been hesitant to hedge out their int

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