from Breakingviews:

Jefferies closes annus horribilis on wicked downer

December 16, 2014

By Antony Currie

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Breakingviews:

EU insurers’ solvency is shakier than it looks

December 16, 2014

By George Hay

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Expert Zone:

Tips on how to buy the right life insurance policy

By Deepak Yohannan
December 4, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

from Breakingviews:

Pru’s lesson for investors: trust animal spirits

November 21, 2014

By Chris Hughes

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Pru’s lesson for investors: trust animal spirits

November 21, 2014

By Chris Hughes

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Expert Zone:

Why traditional insurance plans will beat ULIPs during the tax-saving season

By Deepak Yohannan
November 12, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

Most ULIPs (unit-linked insurance plans) are far better compared to traditional insurance plans. They are more flexible, more transparent and have the potential to generate bigger returns. But insurance sales do not necessarily follow simple logic. There are a variety of reasons why traditional plans are likely to fare better.

from Expert Zone:

Long-term motor insurance might just work

By Deepak Yohannan
August 21, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

A large number of two-wheelers on Indian roads are uninsured. This is not due to high annual premiums, but because the perceived benefits of taking an insurance policy are just not apparent.

from Global Investing:

The people buying emerging markets

July 23, 2014

We've written (most recently here) about all the buying interest that emerging markets have been getting from once-conservative investors such as pension funds and central banks. Last year's taper tantrum, caused by Fed hints about ending bond buying, did not apparently deter these investors . In fact, as mom-and-pop holders of mutual funds rushed for the exits,  there is some evidence pension and sovereign  wealth  funds actually upped emerging allocations, say fund managers. And requests-for-proposals (RFPs) from these deep-pocketed investors are still flooding in,  says Peter Marber, head of emerging market investments at Loomis Sayles.

from Expert Zone:

LIC launches online term insurance plan, finally

By Deepak Yohannan
May 29, 2014

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

There are 24 life insurance companies operating in India, and Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), the industry’s biggest player, was one of only five which did not have an online term plan, until now.

from Edward Hadas:

In defence of financial coercion

By Edward Hadas
March 26, 2014

Last week the British government gave a new freedom to its citizens, or at least to a relatively privileged group of them. No longer will pensioners with defined contribution retirement plans be forced to invest their accumulated funds in an annuity. The old requirement was a form of financial coercion: government rules which influence behaviour.