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Pensions Regulator gives first ever fine to a public scheme

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has fined a public service pension scheme £1,000 for failing to submit basic information required by law.
Posted on: Thursday Jul 27

Lifestyle Trustees appoint Jane Platt as their new Chair

The LifeSight Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of Jane Platt CBE as their new Chair. Ms Platt is replacing Donald Brydon CBE as he steps down after three years in the post.
Posted on: Thursday Jul 27

Systemic risk brings echoes of 2007

Arif Husain, head of International Fixed Income at T. Rowe Price says that risks to the global economy are building.
Posted on: Thursday Jul 27

Record pension withdrawals reinforce cash hoarding concerns

According to Just over-55s choosing to extract money from pensions only to save it in cash risk undermining their future retirement income,
Posted on: Thursday Jul 27

Pension scams, their implications and prevention

Martin Tilley from Dentons Pension Management comments on Scams and their implications and prevention
Posted on: Thursday Jul 27

PRA propose to extend SMCR for insurers

The PRA has published proposals to extend the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) to insurers.
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 26

Insurers need to focus on historic loss funds

Insurance services firm Ambant Limited believes insurers need to focus on the legacy issues around loss funds in order to secure the return of sums in excess of £200m.
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 26

Pension case judgement rules on scheme period of membership

Ian Gordon, a pensions partner at Pinsent Masons comments on the judgement that the Supreme Court has issued in the McDonald v Newton/McDonald divorce case.
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 26

FCA look to extend Senior Manager and Certification Regime

Grant Lee, financial services risk and regulation partner at PwC commented on the FCA's consultation to extend the Senior Manager and Certification Regime
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 26

Zurich and Habito announce partnership

Zurich announces a new partnership with digital mortgage broker Habito. Zurich will partner with the London based start-up to provide life and critical illness protection products to their customers.
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 26

PLSA responds to FCA on rejecting the UIL

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has responded to the FCA’s consultation on its provisional view to reject the Undertakings in Lieu (UIL) of a market investigation reference of investment consulting services.
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 26

Insurers among most likely to be alienating customers

Insurance companies are among the sectors most likely to have damaged their reputations over the last year through poor customer service and increasing complaint levels.
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 26

SunLife launches car insurance service

SunLife continues to expand its general insurance offering with launch of 5 star Defaqto rated car insurance
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 26

Walker vs Innospec – Equality wins, but will it cost?


On 12 July 2017, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that civil partners and spouses in same-sex marriages should have the same pension rights and entitlements as people in heterosexual marriages. In particular, this equality should not be restricted according to the period an individual was a member of the pension scheme.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 26

Employers need to be more aware of kidnap and ransom

According to The Health Insurance Group, employers underestimate this risk and need to do more to protect their employees from kidnap and ransom. As business travel becomes ever more integral to corporate growth plans, employers need to be aware that the threat of kidnap and ransom can occur in any region. As companies expand into new territories this can potentially increase the risk to business travellers, yet
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

PLSA appoint Julian Mund as new Chief Executive

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has today announced that Julian Mund (Commercial Services Director and Acting Chief Executive) will become its new Chief Executive (CE) from 1 August 2017.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

Allianz appoint Actuary John Berry to the role of Director

Allianz Insurance has announced that John Berry has been appointed to the role of director of underwriting and technical, personal lines.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

Multi-asset funds favoured to simplify fund administration

According to new research from Aegon UK,the popularity of multi-asset funds has doubled in the last year, as advisers seek to outsource fund selection and asset allocation responsibilities, which can be both complex and costly to maintain. Finding that 36%1 of advisers predominantly use multi-asset strategies with clients, up from the 18%2 found by a Platforum survey in 2016.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

Relying on discounts to make retirement more affordable

Aviva research reveals that a quarter (25%) of UK adults are relying on discounts and subsidies to make their retirement more affordable – but new research from Aviva shows many overestimate what they will receive.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

New policy launches to cater for young drivers

In addition to launching Learner Driver Week, it has also developed a new and innovative policy, New Driver Insurance (Family Car). The policy enables drivers to take out insurance on their parents’ car whist building up their own No Claims Discount. This is an affordable and flexible option that has not been available in the market before.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

Comment on Labour statement on State Pension age increase

Malcolm McLean, Senior Consultant at Barnett Waddingham; I am sure we are all sympathetic to the problems people, with “demanding jobs”, would have in working on to these much higher ages. In an ideal world might like to see the State Pension Age (SPA) frozen at age 66 for everybody.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

NOW Pensions withdraw from Master Trust providers

NOW: Pensions has today chosen to withdraw itself from the master trust assurance list of providers for auto enrolment as it works to resolve historic issues processing contributions for a small percentage of clients.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

Uncertain future for embedded values in European Insurance

Milliman announced the availability of a new report detailing embedded value (EV) results for 19 major insurance companies in Europe. The report examines trends among the companies reporting EVs as of year-end 2016, comparing practices adopted and discussing reporting issues following the implementation of Solvency II in Europe and the move toward the global adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

Hannover Re acquires Lloyd’s syndicate

Hannover Re has reached an agreement to acquire the UK holding company Argenta Holdings plc (“Argenta”), which owns the companies Argenta Syndicate Management and Argenta Private Capital as well as a pro rata share of the Lloyd’s syndicate Argenta Syndicate 2121. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the purchase price.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

Close links between Gender Pay Gap and State Pension Changes

The disparity in salaries received by males and females at the BBC dominated the news and in the process buried the other big story, the Government’s decision to accelerate increases in state pension age. Ironically, the state pension system has had its own share of gender controversy with women gradually losing their historic entitlement to receive their state pension five years earlier than their male counterparts.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 25

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