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Focussing on investment strategy

Bull equity markets and rock bottom interest rates mean many employers are now looking to take control of their pension scheme investment strategy.
Posted on Tuesday Oct 16

Average ISA will not pay for single year of residential care

According to Just Group current savings levels in Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are far too modest to even “scratch the surface” of paying for residential care in later life.
Posted on Monday Oct 8

Asset Managers challenges responding to regulators scrutiny

Asset managers must invest now in implementing robust and effective safeguards that will satisfy the growing regulatory scrutiny of individual conduct.
Posted on Friday Oct 5

MiFID II more challenging than Brexit

New research shows that advisers consider MiFID II more challenging than Brexit and macroeconomic/geopolitical risks.
Posted on Tuesday Oct 2

Aon advises the AA pension scheme on its first bulk annuity

Aon has advised the Automobile Association's (AA) pension scheme on its first bulk annuity purchase – resulting in a funding gain to the scheme.
Posted on Friday Sep 28

Mergers and Acquisitions disappoint for fourth quarter

According to the latest results from Willis Towers Watson’s Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM).The global M&A market underperformed for an unprecedented fourth consecutive quarter.
Posted on Monday Sep 24

Marsh and McLennan to acquire Jardine Lloyd Thomson Group

Marsh & McLennan have announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc.
Posted on Friday Sep 21

InsurTech transactions reach new peak in Q2

A total of 71 InsurTech funding transactions during the second quarter of 2018 marks a record high; however, the total of $579 million invested is down 20% against the prior quarter, according to the new Quarterly InsurTech Briefing from Willis Towers Watson. Q2 also set a new record for the volume of incumbent participation in InsurTech investments.
Posted on Thursday Sep 20

XPS Pensions acquire Kier Pensions Unit

XPS Pensions Group, the largest pure pensions consultancy in the UK specialising in pensions actuarial, investment consulting and administration services, has (subject to certain conditions) agreed to acquire the assets of Kier Pensions Unit, further strengthening its market leading administration offering.
Posted on Tuesday Sep 18

Only minority fear investing sustainably may hinder returns

Only a quarter of people globally are concerned that investing sustainably would hinder investment outcomes, an indication that investors are increasingly convinced robust returns and a positive impact are not mutually exclusive.
Posted on Monday Sep 17

Aon advise Greene Kings Spirit scheme on bulk annuity deal

Aon has advised one of Greene King’s pension schemes, the Spirit (Legacy) Pension Scheme on its first bulk annuity purchase.
Posted on Monday Sep 17

Those who kept a cool head through financial crisis rewarded

Ten years on from the financial crisis of 2008, analysis by investment and savings provider Aegon shows that those who remained invested and kept on saving through the financial crisis could be sitting on returns of 89%.
Posted on Friday Sep 14

Dangers if dash for passive investing goes too far

A new policy paper from Royal London makes the case for a mix of ‘active’ and ‘passive’ investing, but warns of the economic risks to individuals and the economy if passive investing were to become completely dominant.
Posted on Wednesday Sep 12

Support for Government response to ESG consultation

Sackers has reacted with positivity at the approach taken by Government in their response to the consultation ‘Pension trustees: clarifying and strengthening investment duties’.
Posted on Wednesday Sep 12

Funding levels resilient despite political uncertainty

The markets have been consumed by the escalating US/China trade discussions with substantial tariffs being levied by the US on goods and services totalling $200 bn of imports. The US has managed to upset Europe as well, seemingly doing a u-turn on last month’s agreed direction of travel on not levying any new tariffs whilst negotiations progress.
Posted on Tuesday Sep 11

Insurance firms need to act proactively to market dynamics

Swiss Re sees some of the current improvements in the overall market environment as a chance for the insurance sector to embrace new market dynamics; for example, the increased use of digital solutions.
Posted on Monday Sep 10

Catastrophe bond market reaches USD30bn milestone

Aon Securities has launched its annual report on the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector, which analyzes the key trends witnessed in the 12 months to June 30, 2018, and also provides an overview of related markets and re/insurance mergers and acquisitions activity.
Posted on Thursday Sep 6

DC investment strategies a decade behind DB sophistication

A Hymans Robertson survey has revealed that 42% of defined contribution (DC) Trustees believe that DC investment strategies lack the sophistication of those used in defined benefit (DB). Half (50%) of those also agreed that it will take at least 10 years for them to catch up, with the majority (40%) saying this would never happen.
Posted on Tuesday Sep 4

HMRC figures show Lifetime ISAs under perform in first year

Figures published by HMRC show that fewer lifetime ISAs have been opened in 2017/18 than the government expected and that the average amount invested is also below expectations. Total investment in LISAs is £180m lower than the government expected.
Posted on Monday Sep 3

No deal Brexit and what you can do to prepare

The decision to leave the European Union creates new opportunities for the UK, the world’s 5th largest economy, to redefine how it wishes to trade with the rest of the world in the future. But with it comes uncertainty, particularly in relation to the transition to the new normal.
Posted on Thursday Aug 30

Insurers welcome EC proposal for sustainability taxonomy

You might be interested to know that Insurance Europe has published its response to a consultation on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation to establish a framework to facilitate sustainable investment.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 28

Climate poll says savers want out of fossil fuel investments

The majority of adults in the UK do not want their pensions and bank deposits used to fund fossil fuel projects, a groundbreaking new climate change survey shows. Three out of five people were not even aware that the financial institutions they are customers of could be investing in projects such as coal mines, oil wells and gas fields (61%) – and, when told, a similar percentage would prefer investments that took climate change impacts into account (62%)
Posted on Monday Aug 20

Care ISA is no solution to care funding crisis

Commenting on reports that the government is considering proposing a ‘care ISA’ as part of its forthcoming Green Paper on Social Care, Steve Webb, Director of Policy at Royal London said:
Posted on Monday Aug 20

JUST acquires 75 percent of Corinthian Pension Consulting

Acquisition designed to grow Just Group’s capability to provide services to trustees of Defined Benefit (DB) pension schemes seeking professional advisory services to run bulk member option exercises (scheme exercises) and complements activity of recently launched HUB Pension Solutions.
Posted on Friday Aug 17

PPF7800 index shows no sign of resting for the summer

Andy Tunningley, Head of UK Strategic Clients at BlackRock, comments on the latest PPF 7800 Index figures
Posted on Tuesday Aug 14

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