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MiFID II – The Implications of Research Unbundling

Mahesh Narayan, Head of Research at Thomson Reuters, discusses the research unbundling aspects of the MiFID II regulations with Emily Horler from Finextra. Mahesh outlines how he expects the research unbundling regulations to impact firms consuming investment research and how firms producing research might adapt their services.
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Posted on: Tuesday Sep 26

Alliance Trust appoints former FCA / PRA Advisor as Chair

Alliance Trust Savings has appointed Ron Baxter, a former Senior Advisor at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and at the Prudential Regulatory Authority/Bank of England as Chair of its Board.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 26

AE sees a third more people in workplace pensions

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association highlights how far we have come as we approach the 5th anniversary of the introduction of automatic enrolment.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 26

One of a kind robo-advice solution launched

Exaxeannounces the release of Advice Plus, its new SaaS based automated advice solution. This new product was developed in response to the increasing demand from companies within the sector for innovative solutions to enable and transform their businesses to meet the challenges of the digital world.

Posted on: Tuesday Sep 26

Schroders appoint Charles Prideaux as Head of Solutions

Schroders announce the appointment of Charles Prideaux, who joins Schroders in the new role of Head of Solutions, reporting into Richard Mountford, Global Head of the Product Division.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 26

Co-op insurance appoints Peter Hubbard as their new Chair

Co-op today announces the appointment of Peter Hubbard as Chair of the Board of Co-op Insurance
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 26

Government needs to reprioritise the pension dashboard

As the Work and Pensions Select Committee launch an investigation into pension freedoms, which also examines the role of pension dashboards, Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, expresses concern that they may be shelved due to lack of government engagement.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 26

Work based pensions hit new record high

New figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) show work-based pensions hit a record high in 2016, with 7.5m policies now in force; an increase of 725,000 policies or almost 11% from 2015.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Atlas Master Trust appoints Schroders

Atlas Master Trust has appointed Schroders to become its defined contribution (DC) default fund investment manager, providing savers and employers with a market-leading pension proposition and positioning both companies for growth in the UK’s master trust sector.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Legal Entity Identifiers - does your SSAS need one

James Jones-Tinsley from Barnett Waddingham comments on Legal Entity Identifiers, that schemes may require after MiFIDII takes effect.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Successful M&A deals increasingly difficult to deliver

According to Willis Towers Watson’s latest Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM) the global M&A market continues to struggle to add value, underperforming the Index in 2017 for the second quarter this year, which is a trend not seen since 2012,
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

PTL appoint David brown as Client Director

PTL has announced the expansion of its team in the North of England with the appointment of David Brown to its Leeds office.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Plans for a reduced state pension to women at 64

Senior Consultant at Barnett Waddingham, comments on the announcement from Debbie Abrahams, Labour Shadow Work and Pensions secretary, on plans for women born in the 1950s to access a “cost neutral” reduced state pension at the age of 64.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Canada Life announce two new relationship managers

Canada Life Individual Protection has expanded its distribution team with the appointment of two new Relationship Managers.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Labour plans for reduced state pension face serious problems

Labour shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams is set to announce plans for women born in the 1950s to access a reduced state pension at the age of 64. The proposal is described as ‘cost neutral in the long run’ and the party says the change should be made ‘immediately’. But Royal London director of policy, Steve Webb has warned that the proposal faces serious practical problems.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Merkel in a bind says BlackRock

BlackRock Investment Institute comment on the German election result.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Biggest issue for MiFIDII and PRIIPs is sourcing data

Sourcing the vast amount of data needed to meet the new regulatory requirements of MiFID II and PRIIPs is the biggest challenge facing both asset managers and insurers, according to a survey undertaken by Silverfinch, the leading regulatory data exchange, at its recent London conference.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

UK Life insurers feeling more optimistic

According to the latest CBI/PwC financial services survey UK life insurers are feeling more optimistic than they did three months ago, reporting strong volumes of business in the three months to September. The same cannot be said for insurance brokers, who reported that growth stalled after more than four years of expansion. Business volumes in general insurance expanded at their weakest pace in two years.
Posted in: Life - Articles
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Improvements seen in bulk annuity pricing

Aon Hewitt UK have published their Risk Settlement bulletin for September 2017
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Where is insurance prudential regulation going?

In mid- July the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) published its latest iteration of the Insurance Capital Standard (ICS 1.0) for extended field testing. How important is this development for the insurance industry? If you’re reluctant to get dragged into global initiatives with many complex acronyms you have my sympathy. Having said that, there is value in knowing what regulators consider appropriate insurance prudential regulation for the 2020s.
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Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Investment firms back TPR on environmental and social issues

Twelve leading investment consultants have agreed to ensure clients are made aware of The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) guidance that pension schemes take into account environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors where they are financially material. This commitment could mark a significant acceleration in the growth of long-term, sustainable, investment strategies.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

Half of financial executives still unsure about MiFID II

Research from TeleWare reveals that just 42 per cent of senior decision makers are confident in their firm’s knowledge of MiFID II requirements. Although only 99 days away, worryingly more than half (54 per cent) believe more education is needed on details of the European directive.
Posted on: Monday Sep 25

PLSA concerned over new DB pension transfer advice

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has responded to the FCA’s consultation Advising on Pension Transfers. The Association has supported FCA proposals for more broadly based advice to people considering a transfer out of their DB scheme – but has raised concerns about how the FCA want the information presented.
Posted on: Friday Sep 22

Comment on paper on ageing population and financial services

Hymans Robertson comment on the FCA's paper on an ageing population and financial services
Posted on: Friday Sep 22

Trustees banned over scams worth millions

Three people have been banned from acting as trustees of pension schemes over suspicions that millions of pounds were scammed from investors using schemes of which they were trustees.
Posted on: Friday Sep 22

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