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Financial Institutions - Asia Pacific

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  • 29 Sep 2016
    • Japan banking system stable, but negative interest rates will increase higher risk assets
      The outlook over the next 12-18 months is stable, reflecting our expectation that the banks' operating environment, asset risk and liquidity will remain stable, outweighing pressure on domestic profitability from the Bank of Japan's negative interest rate policy (NIRP). But, we also note that the NIRP has pushed yields on most low risk assets to near-zero or negative, encouraging the banks to realize capital gains on bond holdings, and invest in higher risk domestic and overseas loan assets. Full Report l Press Release
  • 22 Sep 2016
    • Chinese life insurers show decreasing solvency trend while P&C and reinsurers are largely unchanged
      The solvency ratios of life insurers generally declined in 1H 2016, mainly due to substantial new business growth, the correction in the equity market, and an increase in reserves due to lower valuation rates. The downward trend is likely to continue amid a low interest rate environment, but the negative pressure will subside as the regulator has started to curb the aggressive sale of short- and medium-term savings-type products... Press Release l Full Report
    • Prospects remain robust for Islamic finance despite subdued sukuk issuance
      Growth in the Islamic banking sector continues to broadly outpace that of conventional banks in most systems in which Islamic banks have been established, driven by strong retail demand and proactive government legislation. And while new sukuk issuance volumes in 2016 are expected to remain flat, issuance by sovereigns, banks and corporates in the Gulf should rise in 2017, as regional financing needs increase amid lower oil prices... Press Release l Full Report
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