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L&G sponsor Alzheimer's Research #sharetheorange campaign

Legal & General support the launch of Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) second #ShareTheOrange campaign which seeks to raise awareness of dementia and the ground breaking research that is being undertaken to help defeat it. Legal & General has been working with ARUK since 2015 when they helped fund the project ‘Dementia Explained’ which was the development of a website designed to help children and young people who were living with a parent or relative affected by dementia understand what it is and how it impacts the brain. Last year they funded ‘A walk through dementia’, a virtual reality app which helps the user experience and understand the very complex and frightening symptoms that people with dementia have to face.
Posted on Thursday Mar 22

Eye, Robot

It may be a staple of Hollywood movies, such as Judge Dredd or Minority Report, to use retina-scanning to make the point that the movie is set in the future or to engender fear in horror movies by having the bad guys remove eyes to get access to retina-scan locked buildings, but reality is catching up as bio-metrics are moving mainstream in many industries in order to control access to particular sections of the building or to monitor hours worked.

Posted on Thursday Mar 22

Helping DC members achieve better outcomes

Nest feature Steve Utkus, Center for Investor Research from Vanguard followed by Shlomo Banartzi, Professor at the University of Californai Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of management speaking about helping DC members achieve better outcomes
Posted on Tuesday Mar 20

Frank Field and the work of his committee

The Work and Pensions Select Committee have been a busy bunch. At a glance they have around 12 inquiries on the go around various areas of pensions, benefits and modern working practices.There are three that may yet have a direct impact on the occupational pensions industry and give some signs for future regulation and/or legislation.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 20

How should pension schemes value inflation floors

DB pension schemes typically pay inflation-linked benefits with caps and floors. So rather than paying a benefit linked to RPI, they pay a benefit linked to RPI that cannot decrease, and typically cannot increase by more than 5%. This means the liabilities have options built into them – so, we need an option-pricing model to match them.
Posted on Friday Mar 16

Where next for telematics

It’s still winter, it’s still dark quite a lot and in the words of Oliver Hardy ‘a lot of weather we’ve been having lately’. All this means it’s a tricky time for driving – particularly for young, inexperienced motorists. We know the role telematics plays in supporting young drivers. But is this market in danger of reaching saturation point? I think few would deny that the evolution of telematics insurance has reached an interesting stage in its development.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 13

Optional premium allocation approach under IFRS 17

PwC's IFRS 17 experts Gail Tucker and Susan Dreksler discuss the optional premium allocation approach under IFRS 17
Posted on Friday Mar 9

Creating the alpha female fund managers of the future

#Metoo #timesup #WomensMarch. In the last year, we have witnessed the greatest revolution towards gender equality since the suffragette movement. The energy and determination of activists around the globe has put women at the top of the agenda, but momentum must crystallise into real change. On International Women's Day, I examine how far the asset management world needs to travel on the road to equality.
Posted on Thursday Mar 8

When doing nothing pays off

For people who love pensions, particularly workplace pensions, 2018 is a VERY exciting year. In April, auto-enrolment (AE) minimum contributions go up for the first time since the policy was introduced over five years ago. Current minimum contributions are 2% of salary – typically made up of 1% from the employer and 1% from the employee. In April that will rise to 5% of salary – typically 2% from the employer and 3% from the employee.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 6

Allowing the scorpion to survive and evolve

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the Pension's Regulator Valentine's Day launch of its "scorpion campaign", there is a sense of unease about the failure of the government to implement legislative changes or keep up with the evolving nature of pension scams. A year ago, we were looking forward to the government's response to the consultation it launched on pension scams in late 2016. This was delayed as a result of the General Election but eventually materialised in August 2017.
Posted on Thursday Mar 1

Using Solvency II to implement IFRS 17

PwC IFRS 17 experts Gail Tucker and Anthony Coughlan discuss how Solvency II can be used in the IFRS 17 implementation
Posted on Thursday Feb 22

Insurers should rethink approach to fixed income investing

Eight years into the current credit cycle insurance company investors are understandably apprehensive about when and how it will end. But while insurance company investors continue to search for yield and take on more credit risk in a low return environment, we don’t think the coming of the end of the credit cycle is something they can ignore just yet.
Posted on Thursday Feb 22

Applying Black Box thinking to DB Pension Schemes

A new report from the Pensions Institute, part of Cass Business School, has proposed a novel approach for managing the issues faced by the trustees and regulators of the UK’s 6,000 remaining defined benefit (DB) schemes. These issues focus on the strength of the sponsor covenant in the light of huge uncertainties concerning asset returns, interest rates, inflation, and life expectancy.
Posted on Wednesday Feb 21

When is cash not a safe asset

When financial professionals talk about risk, we’re generally talking about asset volatility, and how likely something is to lose a lot of money. Cash is generally seen as safe. This works well in most investment cases - where there is a big pot of money and a continuous stream of liability payments to make. But this is not the case for a typical DC investor.
Posted on Tuesday Feb 20

New PPF levy rules – play your cards right

Just before Christmas the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) finalised a new set of levy rules which will apply for the next three years. The rules are largely in line with the PPF’s Autumn proposals, which means that schemes face a number of changes in the levy calculation. The PPF is aiming to reduce levies on average by 10%. However, with major changes to the Experian rating model used to place sponsoring companies in insolvency risk bands, there are going to be winners and losers.
Posted on Friday Feb 16

GDPR rights and data breach handling

The number of cyber security breaches continues to increase. With the GDPR introducing mandatory breach notification, Kate Macmillan and James Rashleigh discuss how organisations need to prepare.
Posted on Thursday Feb 15

What's next for automatic enrolment

The first three year review into the effectiveness of automatic enrolment (AE) was published at the end of last year, just in time to get swallowed up in the pre-Christmas party season. Now we’re past sober January here is a summary of its contents. So far so good. The review concludes that AE has been a success to date, with another nine million workers having workplace pensions since 2012, making a total number of over 16m at the end of 2016.
Posted on Tuesday Feb 13

JFAR report on current risks to high quality actuarial work

A report published by the Joint Forum on Actuarial Regulation (JFAR) highlights current risks to high quality actuarial work. The Risk Perspective identifies nine ‘hotspots’ where there is a perceived increase in risk to the public interest where actuarial work is central. These include political and legislative risk, market performance and uncertainty, climate-related risk and technological change.
Posted on Friday Feb 9

The Sobering of InsurTech

Rafal Walkiewicz, Global CEO of Willis Towers Watson Securities, offers insights on InsurTech activity in 2017.
Posted on Thursday Feb 8

DB Funding, employer failure and regulation

Mid-way through January 2018 and we had already seen news of pension scams, companies failing with large DB scheme deficits and Union action prompted by DB pension provision changes have all had their moments in bold print; the frequency with which pensions is hitting mainstream news headlines seems to be on the rise. For those of us in the Pensions Industry our work is in the spotlight and 2018 already looks set to be a very busy year.
Posted on Thursday Feb 8

Its testing time for carefully honed risk appetites

Risk carriers in international wholesale markets passed a crossroads with the catastrophe losses of 2017. During a dozen years without market-changing events, the market had travelled in a fairly uniform direction: down towards weak pricing and generous terms and conditions. During that time, other market dynamics – particularly capital supply, but also analytical capabilities – changed dramatically.
Posted on Monday Feb 5

Don’t bank on an inheritance for your retirement

A report by the Resolution Foundation has a revealed good and bad news for millennials (those born between 1981 and 2000). The good news is that with home ownership amongst baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1965) reaching around 75%, their millennial children stand to inherit more than any previous generation. The bad news is that the modal age they will inherit is age 61.
Posted on Tuesday Jan 30

The Changing Face of Insurance

The insurance industry needs to evolve along with the new digital technologies and policies that are transforming insurance today. Namely, the competitive edge that is afforded through digital transformation while making sure that they adhere to the new General Data Protection Regulation which will come into force in May 2018. As such, senior insurance leaders are currently debating the future of digital insurance, how innovative life insurance products can be applied, and the role of InsurTechs.
Posted on Thursday Jan 25

Video on 2017 costliest year on record for weather disasters

Meteorologist and author Steve Bowen’s short film on the key findings of the Impact Forecasting's report on 2017. 2017 taught us that we continue to live in an increasingly risky world with more people and exposures located in vulnerable spots. Identifying ways to increase awareness, improve communication and lower the insurance protection gap will help better prepare for the next major event.
Posted on Wednesday Jan 24

Interest in usage based and on demand insurance increasing

Tom Vandendooren from Swiss Re examines the increasing interest in usage based and on demand insurance
Posted on Tuesday Jan 23

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