Asian insurers turn to equity ETFs for beta exposure

Use of exchange-traded funds by Asian insurers on the increase

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Insurers operating in Asia are faced with unique challenges: low yields combined with a lack of investment grade long-dated fixed-income assets means they are often forced to look beyond traditional bonds and equities into other investment products such as mutual funds, structured products and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Recognising this challenge, the Indian insurance regulator, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, has now allowed Indian insurers to invest in equity ETFs

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