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L and G in buyout of Edwards Wildman Palmer pension scheme

Legal & General announces that it has agreed a c£35m buyout for the US owned law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s UK pension scheme.
Posted on Wednesday Sep 11

The results of the Sackers ESG survey

Sackers have released the results from its client survey on attitudes to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) in pension scheme investing. Over 100 pension scheme trustees and managers were surveyed on key areas including: member views, fiduciary duties and financial and practical considerations.
Posted on Tuesday Sep 10

Jelf to be renamed Marsh Commercial

In order to more effectively deliver a wider range of services and solutions to commercial organisations across the UK Marsh has announced that it will rename its Jelf business Marsh Commercial in the first quarter of 2020.
Posted on Tuesday Sep 10

Is Responsible Investment the unstoppable force

There’s an old philosophical question that ponders what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. The exponential growth in responsible investment considerations that is expanding throughout the investment industry in many ways represents the unstoppable force. There are underlying regulatory drivers for the change in attitude, but the continued focus on issues such as climate change certainly suggest that there is an ongoing momentum.
Posted on Friday Sep 6

ILS sector poised to resume growth

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, 2019, and also provides an overview of related markets and topical issues.
Posted on Friday Sep 6

Total reinsurance capital up due to strong investment market

Total capital dedicated to the global reinsurance industry measured USD 559 billion at the half-year point of 2019. This is an 8% increase from a re-stated USD 518 billion at year-end 2018[1], with strong investment markets being the main driver of the industry’s capital growth. These are findings from the latest Reinsurance Market Report from Willis Re.
Posted on Wednesday Sep 4

PIMFA launch the latest CEO Sentiment Research Report

PIMFA, the trade association for investment managers and financial advisers, has today launched the 2019 CEO Sentiment Research Report, the latest report in the annual CEO Sentiment series.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 28

Aegon launches a guide for Financial Wellbeing

Aegon has launched a guide to help businesses improve the financial wellbeing of their workforce as part of their overall wellbeing strategy. The guide aimed at firms of all sizes aims to support positive financial wellbeing by suggesting ways for employers to engage with their workforce.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 20

Greene King appoint XPS as actuarial and investment advisors

XPS Pensions Group is pleased to announce its appointment by the Trustee of the Greene King Pension Scheme to provide actuarial and investment advice, following a competitive tender process.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 20

Legal and General acquires MyFutureNow

Legal & General Retail Retirement (LGRR) has, for an undisclosed price, purchased a 100% stake in Finovation Limited, trading as MyFutureNow, which specialises in pension pot tracing and consolidation.
Posted on Monday Aug 12

ILS market slow to return to normal

The insurance-linked securities (ILS) market declined year-on-year in the second quarter of 2019, with just below $1.7 billion of non-life ILS capacity issued through 11 cat bonds, down from $6.2 billion and $4.0 billion in Q2 2017 and 2018 respectively. That made the recent quarter the second-lowest second-quarter for issuance by volume in the past eight years, except for 2016. The number of transactions declined less than total transaction value, according to the new ILS Market Update from Willis Re Securities
Posted on Wednesday Aug 7

AXA and GoCompare partner to cover excess for motorists

AXA Partners has announced a new partnership with GoCompare, to offer excess cover to qualifying customers, when they purchase car insurance through the comparison site.

Posted on Tuesday Aug 6

ReAssure agrees to acquire Quilters UK closed book business

Swiss Re announced today that its subsidiary ReAssure Group plc has agreed to acquire the UK closed book business of Quilter plc, consisting of Old Mutual Wealth Life Assurance Limited and its subsidiary Old Mutual Wealth Pensions Trustees Limited, including about 300 employees. The total consideration of the transaction is GBP 425 million. The acquisition will add over 0.2 million customer policies and GBP 12 billion of assets to ReAssure's platform.
Posted on Monday Aug 5

Global insurance M and A up to highest level for four years

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global insurance industry rose in the first half of 2019 with 222 completed deals worldwide, up from 196 in the second half of 2018, according to Clyde & Co’s Insurance Growth Report mid-year update.This marks the biggest increase in the volume of transactions since H1 2015 and the fourth consecutive six-month period of growth.
Posted on Thursday Aug 1

Drawdown investors profit in first years of pension freedoms

Analysis of stock market returns by Aegon, since the introduction of the pension freedoms, shows just how important it is for drawdown investors to be comfortable with stock market volatility.
Posted on Monday Jul 22

Forecasts of over ten percent but millennials expect more

Investors globally are exceedingly optimistic in their expectations for returns for the coming years, according to Schroders Global Investor Study 2019.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 10

Foresters Friendly Society select AXA Investment Managers

Foresters Friendly Society (Foresters), the mutual insurance provider protecting families since 1834, has appointed AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) to manage a £175 million multi-asset mandate on behalf of its members, with capacity for the mandate to grow to £300m in the medium-term.
Posted on Thursday Jul 4

One in three retail investors influenced by social media

New research from Willis Owen reveals 34% of UK retail investors have made at least one change to their investments over the past 12 months as a result of announcements made via social media channels. Some 9% claim to have made at least five investment changes because of this, and 2% have made more than 10.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 3

TPR publishes new guidance for DC investments

Updated DC Investment Guidance has been published by The Pensions Regulator (TPR). The guidance now incorporates regulations which come into force from October 2019 and October 2020 and responds to industry requests for further guidance in certain areas.
Posted on Thursday Jun 27

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

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