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Insurers in Taiwan forecast to exceed USD$5bn in profits this year

  • Publish Date: Posted over 6 years ago
  • Author:by Alan Jarque

On the back of strong investment income, the Taiwanese insurance industry is forecast to exceed NT$150bn (USD$5bn) in profits this year.

In the first 10 months 2017, the industry posted profits totalling NT$125.4bn, 16.65 percent higher than for the corresponding period last year.

The gains for January - October this year also exceeded that for the whole of last year, according to data from the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC).

The life sector raked in profits of BT$112.1bn from January to October while the non-life market posted profits of CNY13.3bn.

Officials say that an analysis shows that the main source of this year's profits is dividends from investment and sales of shares and bonds.

In a bid to minimise foreign exchange losses from the rise of the Taiwanese currency, several insurers have taken advantage of the rising stock market to sell equities holdings.

The Taiwanese currency has appreciated by 7 percent against the dollar so far this year.

Separately, Mr Wellington Koo, FSC Chairman, told Reuters that the regulator was concerned about foreign exchange risks facing its insurers with the Taiwan dollar hovering near its strongest level against the US dollar in three years, as they have invested heavily in foreign exchange-instruments such as Formosa bonds.

To mitigate such risks, the FSC intends to raise the insurers' reserve requirement ratios in 2018 and also roll out new management rules, he said.