Perpetual sub debt from insurers appeals to investors

Perpetual dawn

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Last year proved to be a good year for the insurance sector in relation to its ability to raise capital from investors, with the Asian market a particular draw for insurers looking to raise debt capital. In January 2012, Zurich completed a $500 million perpetual subordinated debt transaction, in which Asian investors accounted for 77% of the transaction's investors. UK-based investors accounted for 13% of investors in the notes, while Swiss investors made up 7%, and US offshore and others

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