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Early resolution will speed up unfounded disputes

Sackers has responded to the dispute resolution and jurisdiction consultation launched by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and The Pensions Ombudsman (TPO) in December 2018 and closed on 18th January 2019.
Posted on: Monday Jan 21

Beefeaters to go on strike at Tower of London over pensions

Beefeaters and other staff working for Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) will be picketing outside the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace tomorrow (Tuesday 22 January) after discussions between GMB and HRP over pensions ended without an agreement.
Posted on: Monday Jan 21

Allowing for climate related risks

Allowing for climate related risks when setting long term financial assumptions
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Monday Jan 21

One more year so can we stop thinking about IFRS17 for now


On 14 November 2018, the IASB announced a deferment of the IFRS17 implementation date by a year, with some still calling for a two year delay.You could almost hear a collective sigh of relief as more and more insurers begin to turn their attention to what is turning out to be a more complicated accounting standard than they first thought.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Monday Jan 21

Employers struggle on supporting workers financial wellbeing

Research carried out by pension and investment company Aegon reveals that employers struggle to understand if and how they should be supporting staff with their financial situation. This is despite figures showing that 4.2 million days of work are lost each year due to poor financial wellbeing, at a cost to employers of £626 million each year.
Posted on: Monday Jan 21

Drawdown investors stay resilient despite market volatility

According to a new study from Canada Life stock markets would need to shift significantly in one day before drawdown investors would be worried enough to consider moving their money,
Posted on: Monday Jan 21

Smart Pension form partnership with Lighthouse Group

Workplace savings technology innovator Smart Pension, has today announced a partnership with the national financial advisory group Lighthouse Group plc
Posted on: Monday Jan 21

Final AA BIPI Index published after 25 year run

The final AA British Insurance Premium Index (BIPI), for the fourth quarter of 2018, records that insurance premiums are on the rise again as both car and home insurance rates have increased compared to the last quarter.
Posted on: Monday Jan 21

Is Blue Monday the most depressing day of the year

Paul Avis, Marketing Director at Canada Life Group Insurance, comments on Blue Monda
Posted on: Friday Jan 18

Research reveals major flaws in commercial cyber insurance

Mactavish, the UK’s leading expert on insurance governance, says there has been a surge in businesses buying specialist cyber insurance, but it warns the immaturity of this market means there are significant flaws in the majority of these policies.
Posted on: Friday Jan 18

XPS win tender to advise Johnson Controls and Tyco

XPS Pensions Group, the UK specialist in pensions, investment and administration services, is pleased to announce that following a competitive tender process, it has been appointed by the Johnson Controls and Tyco pension schemes to provide pensions and investment advice.
Posted on: Friday Jan 18

TPR to sharpen decision making scrutiny after Kodak decision

The Pensions Regulator is introducing greater levels of scrutiny after its decision to allow Kodak to jettison it pension liabilities faced criticism.
Posted on: Friday Jan 18

Response to DWP consultation on CDC pension schemes by Aon

Aon has responded to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) consultation on delivering Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) pension schemes.
Posted on: Thursday Jan 17

Do not forget your Green Card if its a no deal Brexit

The Association of British Insurers is today setting out advice for consumers and businesses who may be affected by a no-deal Brexit. In new guidance published drivers are being advised of the need to contact their insurer, arrange what is known as a Green Card and take it with them if they wish to drive their vehicle in the EU in the event of no-deal.
Posted on: Thursday Jan 17

Paying pension tax charges is not always a bad thing

The common perception is that people should do all they can to avoid paying these charges. This can lead to some people choosing to leave their pension scheme to prevent further benefit accrual. However, according to the mutual insurer there are instances where paying the charge is in the clients’ best long term interests.
Posted on: Thursday Jan 17

58 percent of motorists fail to declare non claim accidents

Motor insurance providers urgently need to create greater clarity and trust around the use of accident and claims data in pricing motor insurance policies. After conducting a study of 1500 UK motorists regarding claims reporting, LexisNexis Risk Solutions found that - 58% of responding motorists said they would not inform their motor insurance provider about a minor accident if repairs cost less than their policy excess, with 60% of those surveyed thinking this would lead directly to a policy price increase.
Posted on: Thursday Jan 17

Mean Reversion in Equities

A common argument in favour of equity investments is that, even though they go down, they will bounce right back up again. Commentators may advise “riding out the storm” after a fall, or “getting out at the peak” after a rally. Effectively, this implies mean reversion.The trouble is, there is no one clear definition of mean reversion, and the term covers a variety of nuances.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Thursday Jan 17

CDC schemes could provide better outcomes for members

In responding to the DWP’s consultation on delivering collective defined contribution pension schemes which closed yesterday, XPS Pensions Group believe CDC schemes could provide better pension outcomes for members over traditional DC schemes.
Posted on: Thursday Jan 17

PIMFA comments on Governments heavy Brexit defeat

Following the heavy Government defeat on the Brexit withdrawal motion, PIMFA, the trade association for the personal investment management and financial advice sector, re-emphasises the requirement for legislators and Government executives to keep uppermost the interests of individuals and families as they develop alternative proposals for parliamentarians to consider in the days ahead.
Posted on: Wednesday Jan 16

ACA welcomes CDC schemes but calls for robust governance

In a response to the DWP consultation on Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) schemes, submitted today, the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) expressed support for the concept of CDC pension schemes. The ACA welcomed the Government’s desire to facilitate this new type of scheme for the Royal Mail and noted that similar designs might be helpful elsewhere too.
Posted on: Wednesday Jan 16

Rothesay Life first insurer to achieve PASA accreditation

The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA), the independent body dedicated to driving up standards in pensions administration, today announces Rothesay Life as the latest organisation to be awarded Accreditation – the first insurance company to undergo the process.
Posted on: Wednesday Jan 16

Smaller catastrophes deliver average insured loss for 2018

Insured losses from major natural catastrophes in 2018 totalled roughly $71.5 billion, only slightly more than the annual average since 2011 but the third-highest total during the eight-year period, according to the Summary of Natural Catastrophe Events 2018 report, published by Willis Re
Posted on: Wednesday Jan 16

Workers urged to top up state pension now to avoid cost rise

People thinking about paying voluntary National Insurance Contributions to fill past gaps in their contribution record are being urged to do so before 6th April by pensions experts.
Posted on: Wednesday Jan 16

Hymans Robertson on key themes for DC pensions in 2019

Hyman Robertson's DC experts give their views on the key themes that look set to dominate the news agenda in 2019.
Posted on: Tuesday Jan 15

Quilter and Aegon comment on changing GPs Pension Tax rules

Comment from Quilter and Aegon as Matt Hancock is in discussions with the Treasury about changing GP pension tax rules
Posted on: Tuesday Jan 15

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