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Old Mutual Wealth to rebrand as Quilter

Old Mutual Wealth have announced that it remains on track to list in 2018. The intention is to complete this listing as early as possible in 2018, subject to regulatory and other approvals. To reflect the separate identity of the newly-listed business and its strategy to become one of the UK’s leading integrated wealth management businesses, Old Mutual Wealth will also announce that, upon separation from Old Mutual plc, it will operate as Quilter plc.
Posted on: Monday Nov 20

How good are insurers at measuring market risk?

Every year at PwC we train our new graduate intake on the basic intricacies of the insurance business. And recently I have asked myself whether this model is still the right one to teach. As we all know too well the building blocks of the insurance business model are pricing risk well, pooling it effectively, being efficient in acquiring and administering the portfolio and investing premium income wisely so that it hopefully exceeds the cost of running the business. I don’t need to ask which of the blocks has eroded in the last ten years.
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Posted on: Monday Nov 20

National Pension Trust announce two senior appointments

National Pension Trust (NPT), the DC Mastertrust offering from Xafinity announces the appointment of two senior members of the NPT team. Andy Flynn and Jonathan Hight-Warburton have joined with immediate effect to strengthen the team and continue to build the defined contribution pensions offering. They bring over 75 years combined industry experience.
Posted on: Monday Nov 20

Tesla autopilot feature seeks to reduce insurance premiums

The vehicle manufacturing industry is undergoing significant technological change leading to advances in vehicle safety that insurance premiums have yet to fully recognise. Tesla, is a case in point. The US automotive and energy storage company, is at the forefront of these technological advances, with one of the most revolutionary being it’s autopilot feature.
Posted on: Monday Nov 20

Gig workers missing out on employer pension contributions

Adrian Boulding, Director of Policy, at NOW: Pensions comments on the joint report by Parliament’s Work and Pension and Business Committees on self-employment and the gig economy which recommends that those employed in the gig economy be given “worker status by default"
Posted on: Monday Nov 20

Insurers can help educate SMEs about cyber attack risk

With increasing technological advances, the risks surrounding cyber-attacks continue to grow and develop. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need to begin educating themselves about cyber crime and the insurance industry could help says GlobalData.
Posted on: Friday Nov 17

The Changing Landscape of Capital Modelling Software

Actuarial headhunting specialists Bolton Associates held their third Hot Topics event at Corney and Barrow Lime Street. A year on since their first event, the Hot Topics series has gotten bigger, better and the content more hotly debated. Tuesday’s event focused on the subject of ‘The Changing Landscape of Capital Modelling Software’, which proved to be both a popular and, at times, divisive topic.
Posted on: Friday Nov 17

Five things the Chancellor might cut and one he will not

New analysis by Royal London has highlighted the fiscal pressures on the Chancellor due to a combination of spending pressures, revenue shortfalls and an inability to raise politically sensitive rates of tax, NICs and VAT. This suggests that Pension Tax Relief will again be under the microscope after six separate cuts in the last six years.
Posted on: Friday Nov 17

LGIM acquire UCITS ETF platform Canvas

Legal & General Investment (Holdings) Limited (LGIM) has acquired Canvas, the European exchange-traded fund (ETF) platform owned by ETF Securities. The transaction includes the platform and embedded infrastructure for ETFs, as well as $2.7bn of existing assets across 17 products and partnerships.
Posted on: Thursday Nov 16

Five biggest challenges facing DB pension schemes

Aon has identified the five biggest challenges that are currently hindering UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes from delivering the best outcomes. The findings, based on responses from trustees and pension managers at 190 schemes, found that managing long-term objectives, dealing with funding constraints, and the pace of regulatory change topped the list of issues facing schemes.
Posted on: Thursday Nov 16

Pension industry reaction to DWP decision on AE charge cap

Pension industry reaction from JLT, The Peoples Pension, Aegon and Royal London, to the DWP’s announcement that there will be no change to the 0.75 per cent charge cap on default funds in automatic enrolment schemes
Posted on: Thursday Nov 16

Once more unto the pensions tax relief breach

With the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, set to deliver his first Autumn Budget in just under a week, Sackersasks if pensions tax will indeed be a target in light of current economic uncertainty.
Posted on: Thursday Nov 16

Auto-enrolment: The Past, Present and Future

Auto-enrolment, on the face of it at least, has been a huge success. Very few employees have chosen to opt out and, five years on from launch, we are seeing its impact. But where did it all start? Back in 2003, the Government had a problem. Defined Benefit pensions in the private sector were in sharp decline as many closed to new members.
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Posted on: Thursday Nov 16

Actuary Laura Hay appointed KPMG Head of Global Insurance

Laura Hay, who has more than 30 years' experience in the insurance industry, including 25 years with KPMG in the US where she served as head of the insurance practice, has been appointed Head of Global Insurance for KPMG International.
Posted on: Thursday Nov 16

Six in ten managers predict more efficiency under MiFID II

Financial firms and their senior management teams currently face an uphill battle to be ready for the vast overhaul of European market rules that come into force on January 3rd with MiFID II.
Posted on: Thursday Nov 16

Rise in IPT may make many abandon private medical insurance

Brett Hill, Managing Director of The Health Insurance Group comments, “In two years the Government has increased Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) three times. A further increase in next week’s Budget could cause people to give up on private medical insurance and fall back to the NHS which is already under resourced and struggling to cope.“
Posted on: Thursday Nov 16

Transition approach to IFRS 17 adoption

Matthew Ford from Willis Towers Watson discusses the transition approach, which is one of the most significant choices behind IFRS 17 adoption
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Wednesday Nov 15

Travel insurers reputation takes another knock

The disruption of Ryanair flights was set to be the biggest shock the airline industry would experience in 2017. However the announcement that Monarch Airlines is to cease trading has superseded this, with over 750,000 bookings being cancelled. Monarch’s demise is believed to be related to the dip in travel following terrorist attacks on tourists in Egypt and Tunisia, as well as political unrest in Turkey, according to GlobalData a leading data and analytics company.
Posted on: Wednesday Nov 15

Insurers divest USD 20bn from insuring Coal based projects

Zurich (with $382 billion of assets) has announced it will no longer insure coal projects and is divesting from existing projects.
Posted on: Wednesday Nov 15

Pension schemes should not take low inflation for granted

Following the announcement that inflation stuck at 3.0% in October, Martin Wilson, Senior Consultant, Punter Southall Investment Consulting comments.
Posted on: Wednesday Nov 15

Older workers caught in a game of Retirement Roulette

Part two of Aviva’s latest Real Retirement Report reveals that older workers are finding themselves caught in a game of retirement roulette as many are relying on external factors such as a downsizing, an inheritance or even a lottery win to be able to afford a comfortable retirement,
Posted on: Wednesday Nov 15

Pension scheme funding levels creep and crawl higher

Andy Tunningley, Head of UK Strategic Clients at BlackRock, comments on the latest PPF 7800 Index figures.
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 14

TPR strives to get tougher on employers and pension schemes

More employers have been ordered to pay missing pension contributions, according to new data released by The Pensions Regulator (TPR)
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 14

Pension Protection Fund issues latest PPF 7800 Index

This update provides the latest estimated funding position, on a section 179 (s179) basis, for the defined benefit schemes potentially eligible for entry to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 14

Will the government cut tax relief?

As it becomes increasingly likely that the Government will reform the current tax relief system, either in the up and coming Budget or in the not too distant future, Stuart Price, Partner and Actuary at Quantum Advisory, looks into the options and possible repercussions.
Posted on: Tuesday Nov 14

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