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Chinese regulator lifts equity investment limit for insurers

20 Feb 2014

beijing wall china_sqThe China Insurance Regulatory Commission has increased the limit for insurance companies’ equity investments.

The regulator has lifted the share of assets that can be invested in public and private equity to 30 per cent from 25 per cent previously.

Chinese insurance companies had assets of RMB8.3t ($1.36t) at the end of 2013, according to Reuters. Invested funds stood at nearly RMB7.7t, of which 10 per cent was in stocks and related securities.

According to a recent report from EY, China will see the most private equity deal activity in Asia in 2014.

China’s decision to loosen restrictions for foreign firms are expected to make China the most active market this year with 56 per cent of respondents expecting it to see the most deals, sad EY.

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