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DB pensions adopting cashflow driven investment strategies

Almost three-quarters of UK defined benefit pension schemes could be adopting a cashflow driven investment strategy within 12 months, a survey of trustees and consultants overseeing more than £1 trillion of assets has found.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 12

Neil Woodford and illiquid assets

Celene Lee, Principal and Senior Investment Consultant at pensions and employee benefits consulting firm, Buck, comments:
Posted on Friday Jun 7

The Asset Manager of tomorrow

Only a small proportion of asset managers have measured and actively manage their own culture, according to a research paper by the Thinking Ahead Institute (TAI) entitled The asset manager of tomorrow. The paper suggests that successful firms recognise that culture is central to the attraction and retention of talent, the motivational forces that inspire strong performance and ultimately the creation of value.
Posted on Thursday Jun 6

FTSE350 Pension deficit rises by five billion pounds in May

Mercer’s Pensions Risk Survey data shows that the accounting deficit of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes for the UK’s 350 largest listed companies increased by £5bn, from £52bn in April to £57bn in May.
Posted on Thursday Jun 6

Legal and General in largest UK bulk annuity for Rolls Royce

Legal and General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has entered into another record breaking bulk annuity transaction: a partial buy-in to buyout with the Rolls-Royce UK Pension Fund (“RRPF”), in excess of £4.6bn, covering the benefits of around 33,000 in-payment pensioners.
Posted on Thursday Jun 6

Aon and CoverWallet announce commercial partnership

Aon and CoverWallet have announced that they have entered into a commercial agreement to serve clients in Australia. The parties are in the process of expanding this partnership to additional geographies, including the United States.
Posted on Friday May 31

LAMP Insurance Company Limited applies for liquidation

LAMP is an insurance firm authorised and regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC). It operates in the UK on a freedom of services basis which means that some customers, based in the UK, may have a policy with the firm.
Posted on Wednesday May 29

FCA extends Temporary Permission Regime deadline

The FCA has confirmed the deadline for notifications for the temporary permissions regime (TPR) will be extended to the end of 30 October 2019. TPR would allow EEA-based firms passporting into the UK to continue new and existing regulated business within the scope of their current permissions in the UK for a limited period, while they seek full FCA authorisation.
Posted on Wednesday May 29

Investing for ten years almost always gave a positive return

New analysis from Willis Owen reveals that remaining invested for 10 years generates a positive return 98% of the time for UK investors.
Posted on Tuesday May 28

SMEs not achieving maximum return on investment

Quantum Advisory, the leading independent financial services consultancy, has said that whilst more small to medium sized employers (SMEs) are now investing in quality benefits packages, many are not achieving their true potential in terms of return on investment.
Posted on Thursday May 23

Marks and Spencer complete second round of pensioner buy ins

Marks & Spencer has taken another important step in reducing the risks in its £10bn UK defined benefit pension scheme. Marks & Spencer has now secured two further buy-in policies with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) and Phoenix Life totalling broadly £1.4bn.
Posted on Thursday May 23

Aegon comment on FCA report on investment scams

Kate Smith, Head of Pensions at Aegon, on figures released this morning from the FCA that over £27 million was reported lost to crypto and forex investment scams in the last financial year.
Posted on Tuesday May 21

Twenty seven million pounds lost in crypto investment scams

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Action Fraud (link is external) are warning the public to be wary of investment scams carried out via bogus online trading platforms. This warning comes as cryptoassests (crypto) and forex investment scams reports more than tripled last year to over 1,800. Fraudsters promise high returns from investments in crypto and forex, with victims losing over £27 million in total in 2018/19.
Posted on Tuesday May 21

Broadstone acquires 3HR Benefits Consultancy

Broadstone, one of the UK’s leading employee benefits and pensions consulting businesses, has announced the acquisition of 3HR Benefits Consultancy. This move represents Broadstone’s third acquisition in as many months following the recently announced purchases of Liverpool-based CS Financial Solutions and Thomson Dickson Consulting located in Glasgow.
Posted on Tuesday May 21

Munich Re and The Floow enter global telematics agreement

Munich Re and telematics provider The Floow have reached an agreement for a global partnership.
Posted on Wednesday May 15

BlackRock examine latest PPF 7800 Index figures

Andy Tunningley, Head of UK Strategic Clients at BlackRock, comments on the latest PPF 7800 Index figures:

Posted on Tuesday May 14

InsurTech investment records smashed

According to the new Quarterly InsurTech Briefing from Willis Towers Watson InsurTech investors worldwide executed the highest number of transactions, the highest number of property/casualty transactions, and the highest volume of Series B and Series C funding rounds during the first three months of 2019,
Posted on Thursday May 9

ILS market slows further in first quarter

According to the new ILS Market Update from Willis Re growth of the Insurance-linked securities (ILS) market continued to slow in the first quarter of 2019 following the reduction seen in Q4 2018. Slightly more than $1.1 billion was raised through non-life catastrophe bond issues, compared with an average of $1.8 million over the most recent six first quarters, the lowest during the period, and around one-third of the record-breaking activity observed in Q1, 2018.
Posted on Tuesday May 7

XPS Pensions Group acquires RL Corporate Pension Services

XPS Pensions Group plc (“XPS”), the UK specialist in pensions, investment and administration services, is pleased to announce their acquisition of RL Corporate Pension Services Limited (RLCPS) from The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited.
Posted on Thursday May 2

Broadstone Group acquires Thomson Dickson Consulting

Broadstone has acquired Glasgow-based Thomson Dickson Consulting (TDC) to support its growth across consulting and actuarial. The business is owned and managed by actuaries Ann Marie Dickson and Andy Thomson who, along with all of the company’s employees, will remain with the business in its Glasgow offices.
Posted on Wednesday May 1

Carillion Pension Scheme moves to LifeSight Master Trust

Carillion Pension Scheme has moved its Defined Contribution (DC) members into the LifeSight master trust, which was the first to be authorised by the Pensions Regulator.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 30

Legal and General announce buy in with 3i Group Pension

Legal & General announces that it has completed a c.£95 million buy-in with the Trustees of the 3i Group Pension Plan.
Posted on Friday Apr 26

Prudential Financial closes USD2.6bn reinsurance agreements

Prudential Retirement® has concluded about $2.6 billion in previously undisclosed longevity reinsurance contracts, an important signal of an unprecedented start to the 2019 U.K. pension risk transfer market. As part of these transactions, Prudential Retirement is assuming the longevity risks of approximately 16,000 pensioners.

Posted on Wednesday Apr 24

Legal and General announce first Canadian Risk Transfer

Legal & General announces that it has agreed its first Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) transaction in Canada for more than CAD $200 million (£114 million).
Posted on Wednesday Apr 24

Call for a step change in investor stewardship

According to a new research paper by Willis Towers Watson the investment industry should substantially step up its game when it comes to stewardship.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 16

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