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New Data Schema for 14 different classes insurance exposure

RMS and Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies (CCRS) have announced the release of a new Data Definitions Document v1.0 for 14 different classes of insurance exposure including: casualty liability, specialty lines, trade credit and surety, agriculture, life and health, and annuity exposure, which covers an estimated $554 trillion of total insured limits globally.
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 19

PASA launches eAdmin Working Group

The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA), the independent body dedicated to driving up standards in pensions administration, today announced the launch of its eAdmin Group. Set to publish their initial findings in early 2019, the group will explore how schemes, trustees, regulators and administration providers can optimise the use of technology to improve overall service.
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 19

SME bosses worry their staff face a benefits protection gap

New research from MetLife UK shows that nearly two out of three SME bosses worry their staff face a benefits protection gap in comparison with workers at larger firms.
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 19

20 major providers discuss taking pensions dashboard forward

Senior decision makers from over 20 major pension providers and administrators came together today to discuss how the Pensions Dashboard could be made a reality, focusing on giving every UK saver access to the information required to make informed retirement planning decisions.
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 19

One in eight may have to sell up if they lost their income

According to the Cost of Resilience report from Zurich UK more than half (53%) of UK adults have had unplanned leave from work such as sickness or injury, or have experienced unemployment while in between jobs, yet they have no financial provision in case it happens again.
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 19

New paper helps pension trustees steer the right course

Few issues divide the pensions world like the subject of pension transfers from Defined Benefit (DB) to Defined Contribution (DC) schemes. To help DB pension scheme trustees understand both what the law requires of them and what good evolving practice might look like, leading pensions lawyers Eversheds Sutherland and mutual insurer Royal London have joined forces to create a new policy paper.
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 19

FCA emphasises pension freedoms should not be a free for all

Jon Greer, Head of Retirement Policy at Quilter comments on the speech from Andrew Bailey on pension freedoms in which he outlines the FCA’s views on the current landscape and action that still need to be taken
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 18

XPS Pensions acquire Kier Pensions Unit

XPS Pensions Group, the largest pure pensions consultancy in the UK specialising in pensions actuarial, investment consulting and administration services, has (subject to certain conditions) agreed to acquire the assets of Kier Pensions Unit, further strengthening its market leading administration offering.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 18

Road users should continue to be protected by MID

The EU Motor Insurance Directive (MID) has proved to be an efficient instrument for protecting road users and has contributed to making freedom of movement a reality across Europe, according to a position paper published by Insurance Europe on the European Commission’s proposal for a review of the 2009 MID.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 18

Boring Boring Pensions


Pensions are fascinating. In my line of work you would expect me to say that, but I do get bemused as to why more people don’t think the same. Maybe it’s a hangover from the days when of the traditional ‘Defined Benefit’ (DB) or ‘final salary’ pension schemes. In those days you didn’t really need to think about your pension. You just worked until you were 60 or 65 and the scheme paid you your pension until you died.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 18

TPR launches new approach to protect workplace pensions

An increasing number of workplace pension schemes will come under greater scrutiny from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) from next month as part of a significant shift in its approach to protect savers.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 18

A speech by Andrew Bailey from the FCA on Pensions

A speech given by Andrew Bailey entitled Pensions: A view from the FCA delivered at Gleneagles on 15 September 2018. This is the speech as drafted and may differ from the delivered version.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 18

Only minority fear investing sustainably may hinder returns

Only a quarter of people globally are concerned that investing sustainably would hinder investment outcomes, an indication that investors are increasingly convinced robust returns and a positive impact are not mutually exclusive.
Posted on: Monday Sep 17

Aon advise Greene Kings Spirit scheme on bulk annuity deal

Aon has advised one of Greene King’s pension schemes, the Spirit (Legacy) Pension Scheme on its first bulk annuity purchase.
Posted on: Monday Sep 17

Higher cyber related losses expected over next 12 months

Insurance companies are expecting increased cyber-related losses across all business lines over the next 12-months, driven by increasing reliance on technology and high-profile cyber-attacks, according to Willis Re’s’s annual Silent Cyber Risk Outlook global survey.
Posted on: Monday Sep 17

PLSA Hitting the Target final report launch event

The PLSA have launched the final "Hitting the Target' report in Westminster. Journalist Simon Read chaired the discussion between Richard Butcher, Chair of the PLSA, Nigel Mills MP, and Jenny Allen, MD of Money at Which?
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Monday Sep 17

Lawrence Churchill CBE appointed Chairman of Clara Pensions

Clara-Pensions announces it has appointed Lawrence Churchill CBE as Chairman of its corporate board.
Posted on: Monday Sep 17

Typhoon Jebi insured losses estimated at up to USD5.5bn

RMS has estimated that the insured loss for Japan from Typhoon Jebi will be between USD$3 billion and $5.5billion (¥340 to ¥620billion).
Posted on: Monday Sep 17

Aon make two new appointments into their DC pensions team

Aon have made two new hires to its defined contribution pensions (DC) team - Damon Hopkins who will be based in Aon’s Epsom office, and Adam Fisher who joins the team in Edinburgh.
Posted on: Friday Sep 14

Those who kept a cool head through financial crisis rewarded

Ten years on from the financial crisis of 2008, analysis by investment and savings provider Aegon shows that those who remained invested and kept on saving through the financial crisis could be sitting on returns of 89%.
Posted on: Friday Sep 14

The September 2018 Edition of the Actuarial Post Magazine

Our main feature looks at Blockchain as key to the future for the insurance industry from Adrian Clarke the CEO at Evident Proof. We also have a feature from Ben Potts at Novidea discussing the role technology can play in helping insurers integrate businesses. Elsewhere our regular columnist from PwC Kareline Daguer has asked her colleague, David Otudeko, to write a piece as he's has completed some work that she thinks you will find interesting. Alternatively, boring, boring pensions is the title from Dale Critchley at Aviva, whatever can he mean?
Posted in: Software
Posted on: Friday Sep 14

Comments on the British Airways bulk annuity buy in

Moody's and JLT comment on the completion of Legal & General’s £4.4bn buy-in with the British Airways PLC's pension scheme, Airways Pension Scheme
Posted on: Friday Sep 14

TPR acts to address issues in small DB pension schemes

New research from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) shows the majority of defined benefit (DB) savers are in well-run larger schemes which are showing year on year improvements, but small DB schemes are lagging behind.
Posted on: Thursday Sep 13

Continued transfer value stability over August

Pension transfer values as measured by the XPS Pensions Group Transfer Value Index fluctuated mildly during August 2018, with a small fall during the month. The index was £233,000 at the end of July and £232,000 at the end of August.
Posted on: Thursday Sep 13

Insurers feeling pressure as new IFRS standards approaches

New report from KPMG International finds larger insurers making progress but smaller insurers further behind in preparing for IFRS 17 and IFRS 9.
Posted on: Thursday Sep 13

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