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Speculation on Chancellor removing pension tax relief

Growing speculation that the chancellor may be planning to remove higher rate tax relief from pension contributions in his March budget. Aegon warns this could kill off remaining defined benefit schemes in the private sector and raise major issues for public sector defined benefit pensions.
Posted on: Wednesday Feb 19

Just Group comment on the FCAs Sector Views report

Retirees are less likely to switch provider when taking out income drawdown or guaranteed income for life plans than they are for credit cards or cash ISAs although shopping around rates are slowly edging up, according to the Financial Conduct Authority’s Sector Views.
Posted on: Wednesday Feb 19

THINK Drink Driving Campaign Comment

Clare Egan, Head of Motor at Admiral said: “The latest THINK! Campaign highlights the role we can all play in stopping our friends, family or colleagues from getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Doing this could save lives.”
Posted on: Wednesday Feb 19

Pacific Life Re appoint actuary Vincent Lepez as MD Europe

Pacific Life Re is pleased to announce the appointment of Vincent Lepez as Managing Director, Pacific Life Re Europe.
Posted on: Wednesday Feb 19

Boost your pension pot easily by almost 88 thousand pounds

Since the introduction of auto-enrolment in 2012, total minimum contribution rates have risen from 2% to 8% of qualifying earnings, with the last two years seeing rises to 5% and 8%. However, following two consecutive years of increases, April 2020 will see no further rise and the Government has no confirmed plans for further compulsory increases any time soon.
Posted on: Tuesday Feb 18

FCA highlights its areas of concern in financial services

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published its annual Sector Views, an assessment of the risks and potential harm to consumers across financial services markets.
Posted on: Tuesday Feb 18

TPRs regulatory report on House of Fraser Pension Scheme

TPR regulatory intervention report issued in relation to the House of Fraser pension scheme. The high street retailer House of Fraser went into administration on 10 August 2018 and the business and assets were sold to a company owned by Sports Direct under a 'pre-pack' arrangement.
Posted on: Tuesday Feb 18

Your Input on Claims Transformation Roadmap Survey

Each year Insurance Nexus surveys over 600 Senior Claims Executives to determine the current status and the trajectory of claims organizations. With those insights we create a roadmap that you can use to determine your progress towards ROI from tech integration, increased customer satisfaction and successful change management.
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Posted on: Tuesday Feb 18

Pension reforms in the UK 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 Feb 18

Building resilience against weather losses


The season of ‘mist and mellow fruitfulness’ quickly gave way to what seemed like endless days of rain in the Autumn of 2019, with rainfall reaching record levels in some parts of the UK and flooding hitting homes and businesses. It may seem hard to believe but nationally, the rainfall of Autumn 2019 is yet to beat the December 2015 deluge.
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Posted on: Tuesday Feb 18

Government campaign tackles drink driving at the source

UK telematics insurance pioneer, insurethebox, is throwing its support behind a government campaign designed to encourage young people to intervene to stop a friend drink driving.
Posted on: Tuesday Feb 18

Actuarial science applications soar on new post grad course

A new postgraduate course, backed by industry and aimed at training the next generation of actuaries, has expanded in the past year in response to high demand from prospective students without mathematical qualifications.
Posted on: Monday Feb 17

Reforms wanted most from Rishi Sunaks first budget

Financial advisers have made clear what their priorities for reform are under the government’s ‘decade of renewal’ budget, with a new deal on social care funding seen as the most pressing issue.

Posted on: Monday Feb 17

Insured Losses from Storm Ciara could be almost 2bn Euro

RMS estimates that insured property losses from Windstorm Ciara, also known as Sabine, will likely fall between 1.1 and 1.8 billion Euro (US$1.2 and US$1.95 billion). Losses in Germany will account for around 50 percent of the total loss. Ciara also affected France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic between February 8-11.
Posted on: Monday Feb 17

Global insurance Mergers and Acquisitions at four year high

The volume of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the insurance sector increased 10% in 2019 with 419 deals completed worldwide, up from 382 in 2018. Activity was driven by an exceptionally strong first half of the year, led by a spike in deals in Europe that had been put on hold during Brexit preparations. Although M&A dropped back in the second half of the year, activity globally remained buoyant compared to the levels of recent years, according to Balancing risk and reward, the latest edition of global law firm Clyde & Co’s insurance growth report
Posted on: Monday Feb 17

Pensions Pandemic and how to prepare

The ongoing Coronavirus outbreak is a 'here and now' reminder of a disease which could become a pandemic[i]. The potential human impact is awful: 45,000 infected and 1,100 lives lost and counting. Extrapolating from here, one (fairly pessimistic) estimate has put the potential death rate at as many as 50 million lives globally (source: new scientist).
Posted on: Friday Feb 14

Sajid Javid resigning throws budget into disarray

Rachael Griffin from Quilter comments on the news that Sajid Javid has resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer
Posted on: Friday Feb 14

Will the 20s be a decade of pension tech

The dawn of a new decade is with us, and it’s got me thinking about what the next 10 years could bring to the pensions industry. It seems inevitable that whatever happens, we’ll see technology play a greater role. In the latter half of the previous decade, things began moving in the right direction. Apps started appearing from providers that allowed savers to at least check and model their DC pension. A couple of firms, including Aviva, even integrated this into smart-speaker technology.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Friday Feb 14

PMI launch accreditation programme for professional trustees

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) is pleased to announce the launch of APTitude ‘Accreditation for Professional Trustees’, the accreditation programme designed to build credibility and raise governance standards across the pensions industry.
Posted on: Thursday Feb 13

Counting the cost of the Australian bushfires

Paula Jarzabkowski is a Professor of Strategic Management at Cass Business School in London. Her research focuses on the paradoxical social dynamics involved in using financial markets, particularly insurance and reinsurance, to address social and developmental goals.
Posted on: Thursday Feb 13

LPFA appoints Peter Ballard as Director of Risk and Funding

Peter Ballard has joined the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) as Director of Risk and Funding. Peter joins the LPFA’s small management team and will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the fund’s funding policy, investment strategy, and employer covenant assessment.
Posted on: Thursday Feb 13

House of Lords amendments to Pension Bill are a big surprise

Simon Jones, head of responsible investment at Hymans Robertson comments on the House of Lords climate risk disclosure amendment:
Posted on: Thursday Feb 13

L and G in GBP1bn de risking transaction with AIB Group

Legal & General Group announces that it completed an innovative de-risking transaction for the AIB Group UK Pension Scheme, covering over 1,300 members, at the end of 2019.
Posted on: Thursday Feb 13

Transfer values regain lost ground in January

Defined benefit (DB) transfer values regained much of the ground they had lost in the last quarter of 2019, according to XPS Transfer Watch, and the number of members taking a transfer value reached the highest level in almost a year.
Posted on: Thursday Feb 13

More top firms confirmed to speak at Connected Claims USA

Chief Claims Officers from Allstate, Liberty Mutual, State Auto, Kemper, Prudential, Ameritrust and more confirmed to speak at Connected Claims USA 2020 conference and expo in Chicago
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Wednesday Feb 12

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