RPT-Yield-starved European insurers look past risks to mull emerging bonds

miércoles 16 de marzo de 2016 04:05 GYT

(Repeats Tuesday item)

* Insurers' emerging debt holdings remain relatively tiny

* But half of EMEA insurers plan increase in 2016 - survey

* Yields negative on 3 trillion euros of European debt

* Insurers can earn average 6.5 pct on emerging dollar bonds

* Emerging debtholders risk ratings downgrades, defaults

* Yield hunger especially acute among life insurers

By Carolyn Cohn and Sujata Rao

LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) - Starved of yield in Western bond markets and at risk of defaulting on future payments to policyholders, Europe's 10-trillion euro insurance industry is turning to emerging debt for the higher returns it desperately needs.   Continuación...