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HSBC sells insurance, seeks additional Vietnam insurer   2008-05-15 - Bloomberg

HSBC sells insurance, seeks additional Vietnam insurer
 
   
HSBC Holdings Plc, Europe’s biggest bank by market value, plans to start selling life insurance next month through a joint venture in India.

 

 

The venture, owned with Canara Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce, is licensed to sell eight life-insurance and savings products and is “going very well,” Clive Bannister, HSBC’s London-based head of insurance, said.

The bank, which bought a 10 percent stake in Vietnam’s Bao Viet Insurance & Finance Group in September for US$255 million, will use its option to buy an additional 8 percent in the biggest state-owned insurer by June 2009, he said.

HSBC has a target of gaining 20 percent of earnings from insurance “over time,” said Bannister.

The division contributed pretax profit of $3.1 billion or 13 percent of earnings last year, compared with 10


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