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Banks are already passing on increased costs to certain customers, and insurance companies are assuming incremental risks to compensate for negative yields.

source:http://www.businessinsider.com/global-negative-bond-yields-2016-5

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    To assume: 2. to take upon oneself; undertake or take on or over (a position, responsibility, etc), thefreedictionary.com/assume – user66974 May 8 '16 at 10:15
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'Assuming' in this context means 'Taking on'.

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