A review of the current state of the Life Insurance market

Insurance, as an industry, is faced with growing change from 2017 onwards. Technological innovation and growing online interfaces have been an indicator of change since the turn of the twenty-first century, a factor which is likely to continue to mould the industry for many years to come. However, political decisions are also set to cause changes to the insurance industry as a whole, and this may mean insurers need to rethink their strategies for the future.

Has the tapered annual allowance damaged DC scheme outcomes?

Changes in recent years to both the annual and lifetime allowances, and particularly the introduction of the tapered annual allowance, has changed the landscape yet again and we seem to have regressed. We’ve seen many FDs and HRDs opting out of their DC pensions schemes to avoid punitive tax bills. Other forms of remuneration have been preferred, reducing the interest once again of those with the most influence on outcomes in what DC schemes will deliver for the membership more widely.

EU-US bilateral agreement indicates possible future UK deals

We recently celebrated International Women’s Day and on that particular day I gave a presentation to non-executive directors of insurance companies. Although I know the industry has a long way to go to achieve gender parity it always surprises me to see such a predominantly male audience and it gets me thinking every time. I often read about ‘levelling the playing field’ in the context of regulation of financial services across jurisdictions.

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