China issues new rules for insurance sold via banks
Updated: 2006-07-05 11:00
China's insurance and bank regulators have issued a joint circular of
Regulations on Insurance sold through banks to protect the interests of
policyholders and promote cooperation between insurers and banks.
The circular prohibits insurers from paying any extra fees except commissions
prescribed by agreements and requires them to provide training fees for their
sales staff working in bank outlets.
Banks are allowed to serve as agents to sell insurance products when banks
and insurers enter into partnership agreements.
The circular requires sales representatives in bank outlets selling
investment-linked and universal insurance products and other products to hold
insurance agent certificates after Oct. 1.
The China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) said insurance premiums via
banks were expected to drop in the short term, but it was conducive to the
sustainable and healthy growth of the insurance business.
Official figures show insurance premiums via banks accounted for one third of
the country's total life insurance premiums.
However, the rapid development of insurance sold through banks has seen
emerging problems such as unfair commission competition, illegal payment of fees
and misleading sales approaches in some outlets.
Meanwhile, the China Insurance Association will encourage insurers to sign
self-discipline agreements to set the upper limit of procedure