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The true potential of blockchain for the insurance industry

Aon announces the launch of the first article in its 2018 Global Insurance Market Opportunities series entitled Blockchain: Mechanics and Magic
Posted on Thursday Jul 19

JLT acquire digital saving and investment service Moola

JLT Employee Benefits (JLT), one of the UK’s leading employee benefit providers, has acquired the award-winning digital saving and investment service Moola, subject to regulatory approval.
Posted on Thursday Jul 19

XPS Pensions Group comments on the CMA report

Patrick McCoy, Head of Investments, XPS Pensions Group said: ”The CMA review highlights that trustees would get a better deal in investment consulting and fiduciary management if they were more engaged and were provided with better information on performance and fees. We very much welcome these recommendations. It is now time for trustees to look outside of the Big 3 providers to get a better quality of service they deserve.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 18

Additional comments on CMA report on investment consultants

Additional comment from Aon, Cardano, PMI and JLT Employee Benefits on the CMA's report on investment consultants
Posted on Wednesday Jul 18

Aegon comments on CMA report on investment consultants

Aegon comments on the CMA Investment Consultants Market Investigation provisional decision report
Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon said:

Posted on Wednesday Jul 18

FCA proposal to improve investment platform market

According to interim findings of the Financial Conduct Authority’s market study into investment platforms competition is working well for most consumers using investment platforms.
Posted on Monday Jul 16

Ageas to pay USD1.5bn to investors after court ruling

A Dutch appeals court officially approved the largest securities settlement ever reached in Europe, clearing the way for international insurance company Ageas N.V./S.A. to begin payment of $1.5 billion (€1.3 billion) to multiple groups of institutional and individual investors from Europe and the United States.
Posted on Monday Jul 16

Royal London get green light by High Court over annuity plan

A plan by Royal London to tackle the issue of policyholders who throw away valuable ‘guaranteed annuity rates’ has taken a major step forward with approval by the High Court of the company’s approach. Royal London will now be writing formally to around 30,000 customers giving them the option of exchanging the guaranteed annuity rate attached to their pension policy for an uplift to the value of their policy.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 11

Pension Protection Fund publish July PPF 7800 Index Update

Since July 2007 the Pension Protection Fund has published the latest estimated funding position, on a s179 basis, for the defined benefit schemes in its eligible universe.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 10

Flexibility and security head retirees investment priorities

Aegon research highlights the changing investment preferences of those in retirement, with a shift in both attitudes and the way retirees take benefits as they embrace pension freedoms.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 10

New IDWG recommendations will benefit investors

Aon has welcomed the summary of recommendations released by the Institutional Disclosure Working Group (IDWG), for a framework to give more transparent and consistent disclosure of the costs of asset management incurred by investors.
Posted on Friday Jul 6

Swiss Re confirms thermal coal policy in move to low carbon

Swiss Re starts the implementation of its thermal coal policy announced in June 2017. Under the coal policy, Swiss Re will not provide re/insurance to businesses with more than 30% exposure to thermal coal across all lines of business. It is a further step in refining Swiss Re's approach to managing carbon-related sustainability risks and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Posted on Monday Jul 2

Aon advises PA Consulting on GBP850 million scheme buyout

Aon has said that getting the £850 million pension scheme of PA Consulting, an innovation and transformation consultancy, to a full buyout with Pension Insurance Corporation plc (PIC) was the culmination of three years’ work and extensive collaboration.
Posted on Monday Jul 2

Swiss Re analysis confirm ESG benchmarks make economic sense

Swiss Re has launched a new publication "Responsible Investments – The next steps in our journey" to share its experience one year after its switch to ESG (environmental, social and governance) benchmarks.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 26

Mergers and Acquisition performance in freefall

The global M&A market recorded its worst ever performance in the second quarter of 2018 since the launch of the Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM) by Willis Towers Watson in 2008. As the overall volume of mergers and acquisitions remains on track to beat the post-crisis high of 2015, dealmakers struggled to add value and on average underperformed the Index by 6.1pp (percentage points) in the last three months.
Posted on Monday Jun 25

Insurers look to acquisition and partnerships to fuel growth

Facing sluggish industry growth and agile new competition, insurance executives are actively pursuing acquisitions and partnerships to transform and grow their businesses, according to a new report from KPMG International, Accelerated evolution - M&A, transformation and innovation in the insurance industry. In fact, 80 percent of insurance executives surveyed for the report expect to seek one to three acquisition targets or partnership opportunities over the next three years.
Posted on Thursday Jun 21

LCCG completes the acquisition of Generali PanEurope

Utmost Wealth Solutions’ parent company, Life Company Consolidation Group (LCCG), is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of Generali PanEurope (GPE) to create a market leading, specialist wealth manager with a global footprint.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 20

Sustainable investing momentum high among asset owners

Institutional investor survey shows 70% of investors have already implemented ESG strategies; 84% of asset owners are pursuing or actively considering ESG integration in their investment process
Posted on Tuesday Jun 19

DWP investment proposals create more pressure around ESG

Sackers has responded to the launch of the Department of Work and Pensions’ consultation, Pension trustees: clarifying and strengthening investment duties.
Posted on Monday Jun 18

Do not chase risky income in retirement

New research published by Royal London highlights the risk to investors of chasing high risk investments to generate income in retirement.
Posted on Monday Jun 18

AXA and ING announce partnership to build global platform

ING and AXA announced a long term and exclusive, multi-country bancassurance partnership to provide insurance products and related services through a central digital insurance platform. Under the partnership, ING will provide its leading digital banking experience and AXA its expertise in innovative modular insurance products and services, offering property & casualty (P&C), health and protection insurance solutions to ING customers in six countries - France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, and Australia.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 13

Institutional investors are split on responsible investing

A new survey from Aon says that regulatory changes, demographic shifts and the increased availability of quality data has prompted a dramatic upsurge in the number of institutional investors who are interested in exploring or implementing responsible investing initiatives.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 12

BlackRock comment on the latest PPF Index update

Andrew Tunningley, BlackRock’s Head of UK Strategic Clients, comments on today’s PPF 7800 Index release
Posted on Tuesday Jun 12

LGIM takes action on climate change

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has today revealed the corporate leaders and laggards on climate change, following the first engagement period under its Climate Impact Pledge.

Posted on Monday Jun 11

PMI announce Aberdeen Standard Investments as ESG partner

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) today announces Aberdeen Standard Investments as its Insight Partner for ESG. Aberdeen Standard Investments was previously PMI’s Insight Partner for Diversified Investment Opportunities.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 5

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