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Fair Treatment of Vulnerable Customers

The FCA’s latest consultation paper, Guidance for firms on the fair treatment of vulnerable customers (GC19/3), provides more guidance and a general definition of vulnerability, a set of characteristics that may indicate vulnerability along with examples of the actions to mitigate potentially bad outcomes.

Posted on Friday Aug 23

Delegate snapshot for Connected Insurance USA 2019

The pressure to leverage technology to capture value and boost performance has never been greater for insurance carriers.There’s no time to lose in addressing these challenges. Which is why Connected Insurance USA (November 20-21, Chicago) is the most important event in the insurance calendar globally.

Posted on Thursday Aug 22

How do you compare in our Insurance Innovation Survey

With the many players and projects that make up the insurance innovation landscape, it can be tough to keep an eye on all that’s happening, not to mention to benchmark your own performance and priorities against your peers!

Posted on Tuesday Aug 20

Active Management and Survivorship Bias

There is a very simple and powerful argument in favour of passive management. This argument holds more broadly across asset classes, but is simplest to consider in equities, so I’ll focus there. Essentially, the combined portfolio of all active investors must aggregate back up to the market portfolio. Therefore, the average active manager should simply return passive performance, less fees and transaction costs.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 20

When does a Power of Attorney not work for pensions

With the UK experiencing an ageing population, instances of dementia reaching new levels and the Government relentlessly adding to the complexity of pensions, we are seeing a trend in pension scheme members looking to delegate certain decisions to their nominated attorneys, via Powers of Attorney. But what are the rules and regulations surrounding this option?
Posted on Monday Aug 19

Insurance industry view of disruption with Startupbootcamp

PwC’s Jim Bichard discusses disruption in Financial Services with PwC Partner Susie Holmes and Sabine VanderLinden, CEO of Startupbootcamp, looking at the factors affecting the Insurance sector
Posted on Friday Aug 16

2021 The End of IBOR Days

For a film director in search of inspiration for a future Oscar winner, turning to IBOR discontinuation may not be the worst idea. Several key ingredients of the evergreen thriller movies based on the financial industry are there: the LIBOR scandal to start with, time fast running out and firms engaging in a nearly impossible mission, which involves multi-trillion dollars contracts. In a nutshell, suspense!
Posted on Friday Aug 16

How to gain competitive advantage with personalized products

Fact - 88% of customers demand personalized insurance products (Accenture). Are you sure you are fully leveraging the power of technology and customer insights to create hyperpersonalized products? Do not miss an upcoming opportunity to hear how Mass Mutual, QBE, Clearcover and Neos are delivering products that could just take over the market.
Posted on Thursday Aug 15

Who will you meet at Connected Car Insurance USA 2019

Connected Car Insurance USA 2019 is just around the corner! Taking place on September 4-5, 2019 in Chicago, IL, this is your opportunity to network with connected car and auto insurance experts.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 13

Baldrick and the State Pension Age

Baldrick was famous for having one, but millions of people don’t have a plan, cunning or otherwise, when it comes to their retirement date. Or if they have a plan, they haven’t told their pension provider anything about it. Aviva’s governance reports reveal that a huge proportion of people in workplace pensions are triple defaulting. That means paying the default contribution rate, investing in the default fund and intending to retire at the default retirement age.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 13

Stars of the Future 2019 - Nominations Closing today at 5PM

Stars of the Future 2019 nominations are closing today at 5PM. Stars of the Future, recognises the new up and coming talent emerging within the actuarial industry. After a month of nominating, the candidates with the most nominations are short-listed, voting then opens. All short-listed nominees will be recognised in the Stars of the Future issue of our magazine, out in November. Featuring interviews with the top 3 candidates, and the winner appearing on the front cover.

Posted on Monday Aug 12

Willis Towers Watson Quarterly InsurTech Briefing

The Q2 2019 InsurTech Briefing focuses on a shift in InsurTech investment from early to later stage investment.
Posted on Friday Aug 9

Is contingent charging the root of all pension transfer evil

The debate on contingent charging for pension transfer advice refuses to go away, with one commentator branding it “the root of all transfer evil”, but is it really?The Work and Pension Committee (WPC) thinks so. Following their inquiry into charging structures for financial advice they announced they intend to push for a ban on contingent charging for pension transfers if the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) does not act. Prior to that the FCA itself confirmed in its 2019/20 business plan that it is still considering whether a ban would be appropriate and will consult further on the subject in 2019.
Posted on Thursday Aug 8

Actuarial Post Awards 2019 - Nominations Now Open

Welcome to the 2019 Actuarial Post Awards. Thank you for joining us as we continue to celebrate and reward the talent and achievements of individuals in the actuarial arena. We are pleased to announce that the nominations for the main awards are now OPEN!
Posted on Monday Aug 5

EMEA Cybercrime report 2019 Key Findings

Join this short 30 minute webinar as LexisNexis conduct a deep-dive into the findings of the new 2019 EMEA Cybercrime Report. Find out what is fueling Cybercrime in the EMEA region, based on the analysis of 3.1 billion regional transactions from Q1 2019.
Posted on Friday Aug 2

Connected Car Insurance USA 2019

Connected Car Insurance USA 2019 (September 4-5,2019 | Chicago) has been designed for connected car and auto insurance experts to share their insights and knowledge about the latest trends such as Telematics, Big Data, Analytics, AI and Blockchain.
Posted on Thursday Aug 1

All change for scheme funding

Nearly 15 years on from the launch of the then new scheme-specific funding regime for defined benefit (DB) schemes which replaced the minimum funding requirement (MFR), we are expecting consultations from the Pensions Regulator (TPR) which could introduce the biggest changes in scheme funding since that date.

Posted on Thursday Aug 1

Insurance's Brightest Share Thoughts on Future in new Report

Insurance is changing rapidly, there are a whole host of opportunities but also challenges to navigate in the connected age. Now is the time to stop, take stock and measure your own performance with the leaders in the field.As part of the Connected Insurance Survey, we asked 500 executives what challenges they face in innovating their customers insurance experience and where their priorities lay for the year ahead.

Posted on Tuesday Jul 30

Role of Insurance on Climate Risk and Sustainability

Following a speech I gave on ESG and Sustainability, I was asked by a colleague to address an issue as close to my heart: The role of Insurance on Sustainability and Climate risk in this column. There is consensus that, in line with what Larry Fink expressed in his 2019 Dear CEO letter, long term strategies of financial institutions must encompass value creation for all their stakeholders, rather than focusing only on shareholders.
Posted on Monday Jul 29

What can lead to a five percent difference in funding level

An inaccurately implemented hedge can lead to a 5% difference in funding level. Over the last decade, LDI has become a popular solution among UK pension schemes. While the consensus has shifted to support for hedging interest rate and inflation risks, the significance of some of the implementation “details” is still often understated.
Posted on Thursday Jul 25

Insurance Nexus Connected Claims USA 2019 Part Two

Following on from Part 1 of our series on Insurance Nexus’ highly successful Connected Claims USA 2019 event in Chicago we continue with two more companies, VPay and WorkFusion , that presented their views on the way AI, Machine Learning and IOT is being integrated and are how they are affecting claims in North America and the impact they are making and may make in the future in Europe.
Posted on Thursday Jul 25

Telematics works better than you may think

LexisNexis have produced a White Paper that provides compelling evidence of the social benefits of telematics and what this means for your insurance brand. Telematics is doing more than you perhaps think. Download their full white paper which tracks the growth of telematics, the reduction in road casualties and consumer trends.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 23

Unleash the Power of AI and Automation for Insurance Claims

In this race to improve both business efficiencies and customer experience, AI is the technology that is impacting insurance claims the most. But with so many opportunities and business case for AI and with limited budget and internal resources, where will carriers see the biggest impact for the business?
Posted on Monday Jul 22

Do pension charges matter

In recent years there has been huge amount of focus on charges in pension schemes. They’ve really been the centre of attention since auto-enrolment was introduced in 2012. Charges in auto-enrolment pension schemes are capped at 0.75%, although the market and improved governance has driven average charges much lower than this.

Posted on Monday Jul 22

RBC and more join Connected Insurance Canada

Insurance executives are flocking to Connected Insurance Canada (September 10-11, Toronto) – otherwise known as the place to get leading insights, innovative strategies and practical tools to create innovative products, effectively leverage technology and deliver seamless claims customer experience.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 17

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