Insolvencies will rise across key Asian markets: Atradius

Insolvencies will rise across key Asian markets: Atradius

Insolvencies will rise across key Asian markets: Atradius

Global trade credit insurer Atradius has published four new reports, on the markets of China, India, Indonesia and South Korea, and expects rising insolvencies across the region as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bite. Atradius points out that the coronavirus outbreak severely hit the Chinese economy in the first quarter of this year, immediately impacting retail and…

Companies move to diversify supply chain post-pandemic and reduce reliance on Far East, finds BCI survey

Companies move to diversify supply chain post-pandemic and reduce reliance on Far East, finds BCI survey

Companies move to diversify supply chain post-pandemic and reduce reliance on Far East, finds BCI survey

More than half of organisations around the world surveyed by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) intend to diversify their supplier base post-pandemic, with the Far East set to be the biggest casualty. The research also shows that although most organisation did not have a plan in place to deal with Covid-19, the crisis has sparked due diligence further into supply…

Korean insurers see net income fall by 26.1% in first quarter

Korean insurers see net income fall by 26.1% in first quarter

Korean insurers see net income fall by 26.1% in first quarter

The Korean insurance industry saw net income fall by 26.1% for the first three months of 2020, according to the Financial Supervisory Service. Net income for the first quarter totalled KRW1,466.2bn. Korean Re said the fall was a result of policyholders intent on hoarding cash amid the coronavirus-triggered economic crisis having increasingly surrendered insurance policies or failed to pay scheduled…

South Korea to relax reinsurance rules to promote competition

South Korea to relax reinsurance rules to promote competition

South Korea to relax reinsurance rules to promote competition

The South Korean government has revealed that it will lower reinsurance market entry barriers to promote greater competition for local insurer cessions, according to leading Korean business magazine Business Korea. The current Korean Insurance Business Act defines reinsurance in the same manner as standard non-life insurance such as individual motor and homeowner insurance. As such, reinsurers in South Korea have…

Climate change remains top priority for Asian CEOs despite pandemic

Climate change remains top priority for Asian CEOs despite pandemic

Climate change remains top priority for Asian CEOs despite pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has clearly dominated the attention of CEOs of all companies across Asia in recent times, but evidence gathered by insurer FM Global has found that climate change risk remains top of mind too. The survey found that 57% of Asia Pacific CEOs and CFOs reported that addressing climate risk is a high priority in their company. The…

Virus demands focus on risk management as Asia braces for late payments crunch

Virus demands focus on risk management as Asia braces for late payments crunch

Virus demands focus on risk management as Asia braces for late payments crunch

Payment delays in Asia caused by the impact of the Covid-19 virus have risen and highlight the need for focused risk management more than ever before, according to new economic research carried out by trade credit insurer Atradius. The Atradius Payments Practices Barometer published this week measures the changing pattern of payment behaviour in B2B trade. The research was conducted…

South Korea’s non-life insurance sector revised to negative – AM Best

South Korea’s non-life insurance sector revised to negative – AM Best

South Korea’s non-life insurance sector revised to negative – AM Best

South Korea’s non-life insurance sector’s deteriorated loss ratios in major business lines, escalated pressure on investment earnings amid a historic low interest rate environment and increased asset risk due to capital market volatility, have led AM Best to revise its market segment outlook to negative from stable on the sector. Best said South Korea’s non-life insurance segment went through a…

South Korea’s general insurance market to slow in 2020

South Korea’s general insurance market to slow in 2020

South Korea’s general insurance market to slow in 2020

General insurance business in South Korea is expected to stagnate in 2020, largely due to Covid-19, according to GlobalData. The sector is predicted to see growth declining to 0.7% in 2020, as compared to the 2.8% in 2019. GlobalData said it revised the insurance forecast for South Korea in the aftermath of the Covid-19 outbreak. It said South Korea’s general…

Human rights abuse in supply chain exposed as virus leads to cancelled orders

Human rights abuse in supply chain exposed as virus leads to cancelled orders

Human rights abuse in supply chain exposed as virus leads to cancelled orders

European manufacturers in sectors such as fashion and retail that have rapidly cancelled orders from suppliers in Asia – in some cases using force majeure to terminate contracts early because of the Covid-19 crisis – are failing to live up to their responsibility to ensure their use of supply chains does not violate human rights, according to the European Centre…

World Bank pandemic bonds will be triggered if virus cases escalate in developing world

World Bank pandemic bonds will be triggered if virus cases escalate in developing world

World Bank pandemic bonds will be triggered if virus cases escalate in developing world

The World Bank’s pandemic bonds, which could provide $132.5m of funds to countries within the International Development Association (IDA) and International Bank Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), will be triggered and paid out – but only if reported cases of coronavirus continue to escalate rapidly in the developing world, as cases in China and Europe show welcome signs of plateauing. Credit…

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