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Chinese regulator to boost supervision of asset liability management at insurers

The China Insurance Regulatory Commission will curb the business activities of insurers with low asset liability management capabilities in a bid to address risks in the country's insurance sector, Xinhua News Agency reported Dec. 17, citing the regulator.

Under the draft rules, the regulator will rate insurance companies from A to D based on their capacity to secure the matching maturity, cash flow and cost on both sides of their balance sheets.

Insurers with low ratings will be banned from certain investment activities, while insurers with a rating of D will also be banned from applying to offer new products within a certain period.

Meanwhile, insurance companies with high ratings will be favored by policies to launch new products and use their funds more freely.

The rules, which will be implemented in 2018, are open to revisions, the report added.