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Hong Kong to license first online-only insurer in December

The pioneer will be part of the new fast-track system.

Reuters reports that Hong Kong is set to license its first online-only insurer under a “fast-track” system by December as part of the city’s dedicated fintech push.

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The player will operate in a market worth more than US$63b in insurance premiums and compete with players like AIA Group, Prudential Plc and Sun Life Financial Inc.

Launched late-2017, the fast-track system aims to speed up applications for insurers operating solely within the online space. The Insurance Authority is also looking to set up a so-called policyholders’ capital protection fund and implement a risk-based capital regime for insurers in an effort to enhance customer protection from a severe downturn in the sector.

“It has taken a bit of time, and sometimes people say ‘your fast track is not so fast’ but I wanted to look at the potential disruption to the market,” said IA CEO Clement Cheung.

At present, most insurance products in Hong Kong are still sold via intermediaries like agents, banks and brokers.EY’s Fintech Adoption Index 2017 reveals that Hong Kong has an average fintech adoption rate of around 32%, compared to the adoption rate in China at 69%, India at 52%, and UK at 42%.

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