Life insurers may pursue more acquisitions worldwide to add business as capital builds while low bond yields and sluggish economic growth weigh on results.

“There seems to be a rising appetite” for deals this year, Sam Friedman, insurance research leader at Deloitte Services LP’s Center for Financial Services, said in an interview. “They’re well-capitalized and there’s some impatience in terms of trying to meet expectations for what their return on equity will be.”

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