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Willis Towers Watson ILS Market Update

Far from recoiling from loss events in 2017, ILS investors are reloaded and ready for the 1 June 2018 Florida renewals. Meanwhile outstanding capacity under catastrophe bonds is greater than ever according to the latest ILS Market Update from Willis Towers Watson Securities.
Posted on Thursday Apr 26

Allianz to complete squeeze out and delist of Euler Hermes

Allianz Group will successfully complete the acquisition of Euler Hermes minorities and will delist the world‘s leading trade credit insurer from the Euronext Paris stock exchange.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 25

A simple way to solve the CMAs FM from IC conundrum

Xafinity Punter Southall believe that the only way to solve the issues identified in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) review of the investment consultants (IC) supplying fiduciary management (FM) is to completely separate the two.
Posted on Monday Apr 16

Nearing the Age of Peak LDI for DB Pensions

Liability Driven Investment (LDI)’s dominance as a trend in UK Defined Benefit (DB) pensions scheme investment will come to an end by 2021, according to a report published today by Hymans Robertson the leading pensions and risk consultancy, and Nomura the leading global Asia-based investment bank. It predicts that we are very close to an age of peak LDI and that the current pace of increasing hedging levels can only continue for three more years, at most.
Posted on Monday Apr 16

Pensions at the heart of Apollo approach for FirstGroup

On Apollo’s approach for FirstGroup Darren Redmayne CEO of Lincoln Pensions commented:
Posted on Friday Apr 13

Jelf reach agreement to acquire Clark Thomson

Jelf have announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Clark Thomson, Scotland’s largest independent insurance broker. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. Terms were not disclosed.
Posted on Thursday Apr 12

PwC comment on the FCA Asset Management Consultation

Andrew Strange, PwC director, comments on this morning's FCA Asset Management Market Study policy statement and consultation.
Posted on Thursday Apr 5

FCA Asset Management Market Study policy and consultation

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published the latest step in its response to the concerns identified through its asset management market study.
Posted on Thursday Apr 5

Willis Towers Watson transfers Investment Solutions Group

Willis Towers Watson has today announced the transfer of its UK Insurance Investment Solutions Group (IISG) to the company’s Insurance Consulting and Technology (ICT) UK Life business from 1 April 2018. The move is designed to ensure the consultancy remains well placed to help P&C and Life insurers optimise their investment portfolios in a highly regulated, competitive and low-return environment.
Posted on Thursday Apr 5

Subdued markets but lively Mergers and Acquisitions

The latest 1st View renewals report from Willis Re has been issued.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 3

LCCG completes the acquisition of Reliance Mutual

Life Company Consolidation Group (LCCG) is pleased to announce that Reliance Life Limited, a newly formed and authorised UK Life company established by LCCG has completed the acquisition of the business of Reliance Mutual Insurance Society Limited.

Posted on Tuesday Apr 3

The Role of Diversified Growth Funds in DC Schemes

Aon has issued, ‘The Role of Diversified Growth Funds in DC Schemes: what are they good for?
Posted on Thursday Mar 29

PwC comment on the FCA Asset Management Study

Mark Pugh, PwC's Asset and Wealth Management Leader commented on the FCA Asset Management Study
Posted on Thursday Mar 29

Virgin Money and Aberdeen Standard agree joint venture

The proposed joint venture will combine Virgin Money’s brand and retail distribution expertise with Aberdeen Standard Investment’s (ASI) strength in asset management together with access to the market-leading technology and digital expertise of ASI. The joint venture is expected to transform Virgin Money’s retail investment proposition, driving significant growth in assets under management and capital-light returns. It is anticipated that ASI will acquire 50 per cent of Virgin Money Unit Trust Managers Limited1 with the transaction expected to complete by the end of 2018
Posted on Thursday Mar 22

Shareholders challenge value of high risk acquisition deals

According to Willis Towers Watson’s latest Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM) global M&A market performance was flat in the first quarter of 2018. Dealmakers on average underperformed the Index by 0.1pp (percentage points) in the last three months, with large (valued at over $1bn) and mega (value at over $10bn) deals especially struggling to add value, as well as cross border and cross regional deals.
Posted on Thursday Mar 22

Bulk annuities has scope to use more market capacity

In 2017, the bulk annuity market took over £10bn of bulk annuity business from pension schemes for the fourth consecutive year, but did not see a new record size despite attractive pricing and increased capacity.
Posted on Friday Mar 16

Tax optimised fund wrapper may lead to wealthier retirement

According to a joint report published today by Hymans Robertson and Vanguard, UK pension funds could find themselves 5% worse off over a thirty year period if they fail to consider a tax optimised wrapper. It reveals that some fund wrappers aren’t recognising the full tax privileges of UK DC pension fund investors which potentially leads to material losses over time. This is leading to a ‘hidden’ tax drag which may reduce returns by around 0.3% per annum on average.
Posted on Thursday Mar 15

Willis Towers Watson pass USD100bn AUM milestone

Willis Towers Watson announced that its delegated investment solutions business has surpassed $107 billion in assets under management worldwide, fueled by strong demand from retirement plan sponsors seeking to outsource all or part of their investment management responsibilities. Growth in the company’s delegated service has spanned most geographic regions, with new mandates being won in Asia, Western Europe and the U.S.
Posted on Thursday Mar 15

Rothesay Life purchase annuity portfolio from Prudential

Rothesay Life announces that it has entered into an agreement to purchase £12bn of annuities from Prudential plc. The transaction has been structured initially as a reinsurance contract and is expected to lead to a Part VII transfer of the underlying assets and policy liabilities to Rothesay Life subject to regulatory and court approval. Rothesay Life’s shareholders have invested additional equity to finance the transaction.
Posted on Wednesday Mar 14

Prudential announce plans to demerge M&G Prudential

Prudential plc to demerge M&G Prudential from Prudential plc, and announces the partial sale of its UK annuity portfolio
Intention to demerge M&G Prudential from Prudential plc, resulting in two separately-listed companies, each with its own distinct investment prospects

Posted on Wednesday Mar 14

AWM CEOs confident about growth prospects for 2018

Asset and Wealth Management (AWM) CEOs remain very confident about their companies’ growth prospects in 2018, but they are also aware that forces of regulation, technology and changing consumer behaviour are ushering in a period of disruption.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 13

Aon appoint Global Head of Investment Product Development

Aon have appointed Bill Gourlay as global head of Investment Product Development.
Posted on Monday Mar 12

Increased consideration of ESG issues by Investment Managers

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations and stewardship have risen up the agenda in recent years, but are investment managers doing all they could in this area? LCP finds improvement in investment managers’ attitudes, but still some way to go on meaningful action.
Posted on Thursday Mar 8

AXA enters into an agreement to acquire XL Group

AXA announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of XL Group Ltd. The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of AXA and XL Group.
Posted on Wednesday Mar 7

ARC advise Royal Mail Pension on annuity deal with Rothesay

ARC advises trustees of Royal Mail Pension Plan on £450m bulk annuity transaction with Rothesay Life
Posted on Tuesday Mar 6

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