Low yields force Asian insurers to reassess ALM strategies

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Across Asia, insurers have been complaining that there are insufficient long-dated instruments on the market for them to adequately match their liabilities. There are some signs that governments have been listening to these concerns – and there has been some fresh issuance of long-dated bonds – but supply is still outstripping demand to such an extent that some insurers are choosing to chase yield rather than do anything about their yawning asset-liability mismatches.

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