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Aegon comment on the latest guidance for employers from TPR

ommentary from Aegon’s head of pensions, Kate Smith, on the latest guidance for employers from the Pensions Regulator (TPR).
Posted on: Thursday Apr 9

PLSA Webinar Covid19 Disruption Top tips for DB DC and LGPS

PLSA Webinar: Covid-19 Disruption: Top tips for DB, DC and LGPS
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Posted on: Thursday Apr 9

Zurich publishes its UK gender pay gap figures for 2019

Insurer Zurich publishes its gender pay gap figures for its UK business for 2019.
Posted on: Thursday Apr 9

New COVID19 pension guidance published for employers

New guidance setting out how employers can meet their automatic enrolment (AE) duties as they navigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been published.
Posted on: Thursday Apr 9

PASA announces Origo as partner for Pensions Dashboard

The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA), the independent body dedicated to driving up standards in pensions administration, today announced that leading FinTech company Origo will be their new expert partner for dashboard and transfers.
Posted on: Thursday Apr 9

Searching for the antidote to the scorpion's sting


Seven years on from the Valentine's Day launch of the Pensions Regulator's scorpion campaign, the scorpion has technically disappeared and been replaced by a jet skier – but its memory lives on. I look back in this, my seventh annual piece for Actuarial Post, at developments in the world of pension scams over the past year, particularly on a heightened focus on the harm suffered by victims of pension scams to date and what prospects they have of achieving redress.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Thursday Apr 9

Pension Freedoms and are Brits making the most of them

To mark the fifth anniversary of pension freedoms Profile Pensions has analysed thousands of pensions to see if customers wish to take advantage of the flexibility offered and whether they have access to such options.
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 8

PLSA welcomes Pensions Dashboard update from MaPS

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) welcomes the Money and Pensions Service’s (MAPS) Pensions Dashboards Programme’s (PDP) progress update, particularly its commitment to work with the pensions industry to arrive at a set of data standards that are appropriate to the needs of savers and the many different types of pension arrangement that exist in the UK.
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 8

Car insurance auto renewals increase 22 percent

According to the GoCompare Car Insurance study, 4.7 million drivers were caught out by the auto-renewal trap - where their insurer auto-renews their policy for another year if they haven’t checked for a better deal.
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 8

Conundrum of Business Interruption coverage during pandemic

DBRS Limited (DBRS Morningstar) released a commentary entitled “P&C Insurance: The Conundrum of Business Interruption Coverage during the Coronavirus Pandemic” that discusses the impact of retroactively forcing property and casualty (P&C) insurance companies to assume business interruption losses in contracts that originally excluded pandemics as a covered peril.
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 8

Delay to deadline for Investment Pathways

Commenting on the FCA’s decision to delay the deadline for Investment Pathways, Paul Waters, Head of Strategic Digital Solutions, Hymans Robertson, says:
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 8

DB pensions advice market must not go into lockdown

As part of a new guide for firms on supporting customers during the coronavirus crisis, the FCA has set out some new guidance on ‘expectations of advisers giving defined benefit transfer advice’ during the coronavirus crisis.
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 8

The Connected Approach Delivering Customer Service at Scale

For 77% of insurance providers, better, faster, more intuitive service and better customer retention is the stated goal. These companies have their focus where it should be because the research shows clearly that it is the quality of the customer experience that drives growth, grows profits, and cultivates loyalty.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 8

FCA sets out priorities for 2020 and into 2021

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has set out its business priorities for the year ahead – with specific focus on the challenges presented by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 7

Call for UK insurers to follow US and refund motorists

Pay-by-miles car insurer By Miles is calling for UK insurers to do the same – as many drivers are paying for services they are not using during a financially uncertain time.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 7

Aegon comment on the FCA Business Plan

Aegon’s Steven Cameron comments on the FCA’s 2020/21 Business Plan*.
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 7

Sir Steve Webb interview on Pension Reforms 1997 to 2015

New research published by Nest Insight and the Institute for Policy Research at University of Bath shares unique and timely insights into why and how the UK Pension Reforms (1997 – 2015) were successfully implemented. The research project included a series of video interviews with individuals that played a key role in the establishment and delivery of the reforms.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 7

The potential cost of cancelling policies during pandemic

The unpredictability of the Covid-19 pandemic has justifiably led to an influx of individuals- unsure about their current financial status – enquire about cancelling the existing insurance policies they’ve previously put in place for the future wellbeing of themselves and their loved ones.
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 7

Pension scheme funding levels and possible future scenarios

Ben Gold, Head of Investment at XPS Pensions Group, reviews pension scheme funding levels and highlights possible scenarios for the next 6 to 12 months:
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 7

Andy Watson hands over to Ant Middle as CEO of Ageas UK

After 10 years with Ageas UK, Andy Watson has decided to step down from his role as CEO at the end of June 2020 to embark on the next stage of his life including further education and securing a small portfolio of non-executive roles.
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 7

COVID19 response guided by lessons learned from 2008 crash

Lessons from the 2008 crash urge long-term view to M&A deals in response to coronavirus As the world faces an unprecedented crisis, lessons learned twelve years ago, when the global economy faced a bursting housing bubble, collapsing financial systems and rapidly spreading fear, prove a valuable guide to M&A dealmaking.
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 7

Covid19 and suspending health and wellbeing benefits

Looking after the mental and physical wellbeing of employees has never been more important than during the Coronavirus pandemic. Healthcare facilities remain under intense pressure to meet increasing demand, and employees’ physical and mental health may be compromised during the strain of the current situation. So now, more than ever before, is a time where health and wellbeing must be prioritised and solutions made available, says Towergate Health & Protection.
Posted on: Monday Apr 6

Longevity impact of Covid19 on pension schemes and annuities

Pension schemes and annuity portfolios will not escape the effects of Covid-19. At this stage it is unclear how many excess deaths we may see from the coronavirus and that position could change rapidly. If controls on movement prove effective, and the number of excess deaths is around 20,000, then the impact on longevity is likely to be small and mainly down to a reduction in projected mortality improvements.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Monday Apr 6

Four small pieces of good news for these challenging times

Comment from Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon on four personal finance changes that have come into effect in April – small pieces of good news for these challenging times.
Posted on: Monday Apr 6

Vigilance needed from drivers after DVSA MOT extension

Following the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) decision to issue a six-month exemption period for MOTs that expire after 30 March[i], insurethebox is helping its customers make sure their vehicles remain safe during this time.
Posted on: Friday Apr 3

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