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Shaping the future of investing – a story of resilience

Looking back on 12 months of experience, Swiss Re shares insights and key learnings from applying ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria to all asset classes. The evidence confirms that ESG makes economic sense: investors benefit from improved risk-adjusted returns. At the same time, society benefits from a more responsible investor community and, therefore, a more resilient world.

Posted on Tuesday Jul 17

Stars of the Future 2018 - Nominations Now Open

Stars of the Future 2018 nominations are now open!
We are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for Stars of the Future 2018 awards, sponsored by Star Actuarial Futures. Nominations will be open for one month before short-listing and voting. Nominate your colleagues now!

Posted on Monday Jul 16

Smart devices are key to reaching smart millennials

For years, there was a huge problem in the pension industry. People didn’t get interested in the idea of pensions until they were older and thereby missed out on the savings and employer/government contributions in the early years of their working life. Finally, the UK seems to have cracked it.
Posted on Thursday Jul 12

The Pensions World Cup

There was a debate raging about whether England should field a weakened team against Belgium in the World Cup. The thinking is that finishing second in the group may not be a bad thing as England could end up facing an ‘easier’ team later in the tournament. But, I like football and I like pensions so I thought I’d combine the two.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 10

Launch video of Aon and PGA Tour and LPGA partnership

The season-long Aon Risk Reward Challenge will highlight the world's best professional golfers as they tackle the most strategically challenging holes across both PGA TOUR and LPGA schedules. The winning player from both the PGA TOUR and LPGA will each receive an equal $1 million in prize money.
Posted on Monday Jul 9

Time for a new definition of the composite insurer

Much has been written about the need for insurers to embrace the opportunities that the wave of technology innovation has made possible over the past few years, and to address the accompanying globalisation of ideas and propositions that make local markets increasingly less distinctive. In the UK, we rightly take pride in the fact that our local propositions have played a significant role in the global development of what we now commonly call ‘Insurance’, but is that all about to change?
Posted on Friday Jul 6

PLSAs Nigel Peaple on our Hitting The Target Initiative

PLSA's Nigel Peaple talks about the Hitting The Target Initiative, it's importance to the UK pensions market and next steps.
Posted on Thursday Jul 5

IFoA proposal to introduce the monitoring of actuarial work

Former IFoA President, Jane Curtis explains the key points of the proposal and why we’re looking to introduce monitoring of actuarial work.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 3

The perils of over exposure in property

2017 was a tough year for the property insurance market with record catastrophe losses . As a consequence, insurance providers are now under pricing pressure, heightening the need to gain the most detailed view of risk to help ensure policies are priced as accurately as possible. In commercial property insurance, it is vital that insurance providers are able to understand where their exposures and accumulations lie across their property portfolio.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 3

How Fat is a Fat Tail

It is well known that whatever distribution equities follow, it has fat tails. There are plenty of spectacular facts to support this- and avoiding the worst individual days can make a huge difference to long-term returns. But the story is not that simple. Firstly, kurtosis is heavily dependent on the measurement horizon. The shorter the horizon - broadly - the fatter tailed the distribution.
Posted on Thursday Jun 28

The choices insurers face when implementing IFRS17

Milliman consultant Thomas Bulpitt talks about the choices insurers make when implementing IFRS 17 and how insurers should handle risk adjustment.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 26

Key areas of focus on conduct regulation

Over the past few years the FCA has been through the implementation of a number of large pieces of regulation such as MiFID II, Senior Managers & Certification Regime and the Insurance Distribution Directive to name just a few. After all these significant developments, what does the future hold for conduct regulation?
Posted on Tuesday Jun 26

Bowling for the Regulator

The Work and Pensions and BIES committees have published their joint report on the activities around the collapse of Carillion and the fall out for the employees, services provided and suppliers. The report spends a great deal of time discussing the actions of the directors, accounting methods and the auditing by professional firms.
Posted on Friday Jun 22

Death benefit issues

I’ve been talking a lot about death this week. Not the most joyous of subjects, but one where simple actions can make a big difference to the lives of those who are left.We have never had a better opportunity to pass on any unused pension funds than under the current rules for Defined Contribution (DC) pensions.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 19

Actuarial methods are we serving the public interest

IoFA Sessional Research Actuarial Methods Are we Serving the Public Interest
Posted on Friday Jun 15

State Pension Survival Day

Since pensions were invented, people in my industry have been trying to convince the wider public that they are a really good idea and that everyone should have one. A lot of time, money and effort goes into getting that message out there – but somehow that message isn’t really getting through.
But that hasn’t stopped us, and a recent piece of analysis from Aviva has made quite a startling discovery.

Posted on Friday Jun 15

Even Robots must be regulated

The FCA have started their review process of firms providing retail investment advice through automated channels. They are trying to see how they can best regulate the new area of auto-advisers. Whilst it is still early days in this market, it is only at the evolutionary stage and there were only three firms examined, the potential for significant harm if they get it wrong is very great.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 12

Stuart Calam interview on the Willis Research Network

Stuart Calam, Program Manager for the Willis Research Network, discusses the network and the risks the network investigates in collaboration with academia. Series sponsored by the Willis Research Network, part of Willis Towers Watson.
Posted on Friday Jun 8

What to expect from the PRA in the year ahead

This is the time of year when both UK regulators lay out their plans for the year ahead. The PRA seems to be relieved that a lot of the regulatory reform that characterised the past decade has now been implemented. Believe it or not, it’s been two years since Solvency II went live and firms have successfully negotiated its implementation.
Posted on Friday Jun 8

TPR focuses on covenant

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published its most definitive Annual Funding Statement for defined benefit pension schemes yet, focusing almost entirely on the topic of the employer covenant. Whilst this might have been expected given the backdrop of recent high profile corporate failures and the questions raised by the Rt Hon Frank Field’s Work and Pensions Committee, what is surprising is how clear TPR’s expectations now are in this area.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 5

Retirement Interventions

The third anniversary of pension freedoms has triggered a number of reports and suggestions on how well it is working and what more needs to be done. The latest from the ABI concludes that while consumers are on the whole making reasonable decisions there are warning signs which should not be ignored.
Posted on Friday Jun 1

Investors warned of simplistic method of carbon footprinting

Climate change is a risk to investment portfolios. So far, so much scientific – and actuarial – consensus. However, addressing this risk in the context of an investment portfolio is a murkier prospect, and one that sometimes results in perverse outcomes. Most approaches and initiatives have taken a two-pronged approach: first, assess and quantify the carbon footprints of existing portfolios.
Posted on Wednesday May 30

DB Self Sufficiency

Rod Goodyer, Partner at Barnett Waddingham talks about DB Self Sufficiency
Posted on Tuesday May 29

Pensions – quiet time or not?

You could be forgiven for thinking that this is a relatively quiet time for legislative change in pensions. We have not had a Finance Act with long and complicated sections changing the way that pension payments to members should be taxed, the annual allowance has not been cut and the lifetime allowance is slowly creeping up. That isn’t to say there aren’t bear traps for members but things are not changing.
Posted on Thursday May 24

Seeing Eye to Eye on CDI

Cashflow driven investing (CDI) strategies have gained a lot of publicity and popularity recently, and the availability of pooled fund solutions has grown dramatically, with a diverse set of approaches around the same core idea now open to investors in a relatively simple format. However, it is not without its drawbacks, and is unlikely to be the best solution for everyone, especially in the current market.
Posted on Monday May 21

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