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Another nail in the coffin of buy to let

Labour's tax proposals would drive another nail in the coffin of buy-to-let - pushing savvy savers towards pensions
Posted on: Friday Nov 22

Insurance industry the most exciting for Data Scientists

Jennifer Cruise, Head of Data Science reminds us that the insurance industry is actually the original data industry and she believes insurance is now the most exciting industry for data scientists
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Friday Nov 22

Whole of market annuity comparison service launched

Commissioned by Legal & General, Annuity Ready - a whole of market, online comparison service - has been developed and will be independently run by theidol.com. It is designed to help Legal & General customers secure the best available annuity rate from across the market and will provide them with an increased level of service, which goes beyond the current regulatory requirements. This service aims to help deliver better outcomes, by seamlessly allowing customers to search the market via Annuity Ready, if a better rate is available from another annuity provider.
Posted on: Friday Nov 22

The Pensions Dashboard under Labour

Commenting on the Labour Party’s manifesto pledge for a publicly owned pensions dashboard, Paul Waters, Partner, Hymans Robertson says:
Posted on: Friday Nov 22

New MD for Ecclesiasticals GI business

Richard Coleman has been announced as the new Managing Director of Ecclesiastical’s UK general insurance business.
It follows the announcement in September that John Blundell will retire next year.
Posted on: Friday Nov 22

Financial Transaction Tax will be passed onto the consumer

PIMFA, the UK’s leading trade body for the financial advice and investment management industry, has warned that the additional costs inherent in the introduction of a financial transaction tax will ultimately be passed on to the consumer.
Posted on: Friday Nov 22

Aegon and Royal London comment on the Labour Party manifesto

Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon comments:“Labour is currently leading the charge in terms of the generosity of state pension commitments. Keeping the state pension age at 66, cancelling the planned increase to age 67 and considering allowing earlier access to those in physically arduous or stressful occupations will be welcomed by those concerned over their ability to keep working longer and who lack sufficient workplace or private pensions to allow them to choose to retire before state pension age.
Posted on: Thursday Nov 21

FCA fines Henderson almost 2m pounds for fund failings

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Henderson Investment Funds Limited (HIFL) £1,867,900 for failing to treat fairly more than 4,500 retail investors in two of its funds, the Henderson Japan Enhanced Equity Fund and the Henderson North American Enhanced Equity Fund (the Japan and North American Funds). This was in contravention of Principle 6 of the FCA’s Principles for Business.
Posted on: Thursday Nov 21

Schroders commits to full ESG investment integration by 2020

Schroders announces their commitment to integrating Environment, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) across all of its investments by 2020.
Posted on: Thursday Nov 21

Identifying the root causes of subsidence risk


Explaining the factors causing a ten-year spike in subsidence claims and how insurance providers can more accurately assess the growing risk through tree and soil data combined. Subsidence can be caused by man-made issues, like dramatic cases of mine shaft collapse, however the most common causes are natural, unseen and unpredictable which makes pricing for this risk a challenge for the insurance sector.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Thursday Nov 21

Comment on LibDems General Election manifesto

Comment from Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon following the publication of the Liberal Democrats’ 2019 general election manifesto*.
Posted on: Thursday Nov 21

Aon to acquire CoverWallet

Aon announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CoverWallet, the leading digital insurance platform for small and medium-sized businesses.
Posted on: Wednesday Nov 20

Dalriada Trustees appoint Actuary Charles Ward

Dalriada Trustees has announced the appointment of Charles Ward as a Professional Trustee. Charles joins from the pensions advisory team at PwC and will be based in Dalriada’s Birmingham office.
Posted on: Wednesday Nov 20

Is Age 70 the New Age 65

Following the release of the ONS report ‘Living longer: is age 70 the new age 65?’ Emma Byron, Managing Director at Legal & General Retail Retirement Income
Posted on: Wednesday Nov 20

What is fuelling the pensions gender gap

Research from Aegon suggests that more than double the number of women (34%) compared to men (16%) don’t know how much they have saved in pensions.
Posted on: Wednesday Nov 20

One in four have used property to provide income

Major new research by Just Group into how Britons think and feel about property – My Home, My future – reveals that overall one in four (25%) have or are using property to generate income but with significant regional differences.
Posted on: Wednesday Nov 20

Third of over 50s do not have enough money for retirement

A third of over 50s say they don’t think they have enough money to provide them with sufficient income for their retirement, according to the latest research by Sunlife.
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 19

Why you should seek advice and gain peace of mind

New research from pension and investment provider, Aegon, shows that individuals with a financial adviser report greater confidence with money matters, a better relationship with money and crucially the peace of mind that they have a tailored financial plan created by an expert.
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 19

Lights Camera Actuary Spotlight on James Francis

The next focus for Bolton Associates’ Spotlight page, is an interview with a leading actuary within one of the top three Global Broking Houses. With the broking firms now offering important analytical, actuarial and deal-assisting advice, for the next few months Zoe Bolton will be talking to the senior actuaries in these firms, getting a brief insight into their career paths and visions for the future. This month Zoe talks to James Francis from Ed Broking
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 19

Lights Camera Actuary Spotlight on Shauna McGrath

The next focus for Bolton Associates’ Spotlight page, is an interview with a leading actuary within one of the top three Global Broking Houses. With the broking firms now offering important analytical, actuarial and deal-assisting advice, for the next few months Zoe Bolton will be talking to the senior actuaries in these firms, getting a brief insight into their career paths and visions for the future. This month Zoe talks to Shauna McGrath from Willis Re
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 19

Government to pay the pension tax bills of doctors

This evening (18th November) the government has broken the convention of not making official announcements during an election campaign by making an emergency announcement regarding doctors and the NHS pension scheme. The Government has indicated that it will be ‘paying the tax bills’ of doctors who are at risk of incurring large pension tax charges because of breaching tax relief limits. It is hoped that this will cause GPs and consultants who have been turning down additional work and additional responsibilities for fear of large tax bills to go back to taking on extra duties.
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 19

K3 Advisory announces first bulk annuity transaction

K3 Advisory announced it has completed its first bulk annuity transaction working in partnership with its client, H&C Consulting Actuaries. The transaction with the Carter & Parker Limited Staff Retirement Benefits Plan (1975), the pension plan provided to employees of the over 120 year old family business Thomas B Ramsden and Co (Bradford) Ltd, was for £9.3 million and insured through Canada Life.
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 19

Why do pensions have an image problem

I was recently thinking about stereotypes and how unfair they can be. It came about when I was explaining to a colleague that I write a column for Actuarial Post. We somehow got onto actuary stereotypes. My colleague then went on to tell me about a BBC comedy from a couple of years ago called ‘Uncle’. (Disclaimer: there is some fruity language included, so avoid if that’s not your thing)
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 19

Phoenix completes GBP144 million buy-in with Aegon

Phoenix Group announces that it has completed a £144 million bulk purchase annuity with the Trustee of the Aegon UK Staff Retirement and Death Benefit Scheme. The insurance policy covers around a quarter of the Scheme’s uninsured pensioner liabilities.
Posted on: Monday Nov 18

Mental health how can insurers make a difference

Societal views and clinical practice related to mental health have been changing rapidly over recent years with a big potential impact on Swiss Re's book of business. The aim of this one-day forum was to exchange with experts on the current mental health landscape and factors affecting prevention and treatment of mental health-related conditions.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Monday Nov 18

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