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XPS win tender to advise Johnson Controls and Tyco

XPS Pensions Group, the UK specialist in pensions, investment and administration services, is pleased to announce that following a competitive tender process, it has been appointed by the Johnson Controls and Tyco pension schemes to provide pensions and investment advice.
Posted on Friday Jan 18

PIMFA comments on Governments heavy Brexit defeat

Following the heavy Government defeat on the Brexit withdrawal motion, PIMFA, the trade association for the personal investment management and financial advice sector, re-emphasises the requirement for legislators and Government executives to keep uppermost the interests of individuals and families as they develop alternative proposals for parliamentarians to consider in the days ahead.
Posted on Wednesday Jan 16

Institutional investors shifting risks to private markets

Amid rising concerns about a downturn in the economic cycle, institutional investors are looking to mitigate risks by increasing allocations to private markets according to BlackRock’s annual survey of global institutions.

Posted on Monday Jan 7

Buck launches its new UK organisation

Buck has announced the launch of its new UK organisation.
Posted on Friday Jan 4

Looking back at what happened in 2018

Sheridan Admans, Investment Manager at The Share Centre, gives his thoughts on what happened in the investment market in 2018:
Posted on Thursday Jan 3

Reinsurance market enters uncharted territory

Reinsurance renewals broadly defied early expectations of post-loss firming for the second consecutive year at 1 January 2019 as reinsurers’ desire and ability to underwrite risks remained healthy overall, says JLT Re, the global provider of reinsurance broking and consultancy. Market conditions nevertheless deteriorated in some areas as dampened reinsurer appetite, as well as increasing demand, was observed for business classes that suffered sizeable losses or where performance has deteriorated in recent years.
Posted on Wednesday Jan 2

Contrasting realities for 2019 reinsurance renewals

According to the latest 1st View renewals report from Willis Re, reinsurance placements at 1 January 2019 highlight a pricing gap between accounts with peak peril exposures or poor loss records and the rest, with many reinsurers placing emphasis on the quality of client counterparties.

Posted on Wednesday Jan 2

InsurTech investment doubles from last quarter

More than $1.3 billion of InsurTech funding was completed during Q3 2018, double the figure from the previous quarter. While individual investment rounds were larger, the number of transactions reported declined 20% to 57, according to the new Quarterly InsurTech Briefing from Willis Towers Watson.
Posted on Thursday Dec 20

Swiss Re agree further minority investment into ReAssure

Swiss Re has reached agreement with Japanese insurance group MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. (MS&AD) for a further investment of GBP 315 million into ReAssure, Swiss Re's closed book business
Posted on Thursday Dec 20

Clara Pensions announce TSSP as their capital provider

Clara-Pensions, the member-first consolidator for defined benefit pension schemes, today announces that TPG Sixth Street Partners (TSSP), the global credit investment firm with $29 billion in assets under management, will become its provider of long-term capital.
Posted on Wednesday Dec 19

Aquila Software completes the acquisition of FRS

Aquila Software have announced that it has closed the acquisition of Financial Risk Solutions (FRS). FRS is the developer of the Invest|Pro™ product, a comprehensive Investment Administration Software solution for the life assurance and pensions industries.

Posted on Tuesday Dec 18

Worse year in over a decade for mergers and acquisitions

The global M&A market underperformed for an unprecedented fifth consecutive quarter, making 2018 the worst performing year for deal making since 2008 and the first year that acquirers have underperformed for all four quarters, according to the latest results from Willis Towers Watson’s Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM).
Posted on Tuesday Dec 18

Hymans Robertson and KPMG respond to CMA report

Hymans Robertson and KPMG respond to the final decision from the CMA on its ‘Investment Consultants Market Investigation’ report.
Posted on Thursday Dec 13

LGIM complete largest infrastructure debt transaction in US

LGIM Real Assets (“LGIM RA”) announces that it has completed its largest infrastructure debt transaction in the USA having provided, on behalf of its clients including Legal & General Retirement Institutional (LGRI), c.$173 million in long-term financing to LA Gateway Partners, LLC (“LAGP”)

Posted on Thursday Dec 13

PIMFA comments on FCAs proposed changes to FOS award limit

PIMFA, the trade association for investment managers and financial advisers, responded to Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) consultation paper 18/31 today regarding the proposed significant changes to the Financial Ombudsman Scheme (FOS) award limit.
Posted on Thursday Dec 13

Further industry comment on CMA investment reforms report

Comment from Aon, Willis Towers Watson, JLT and LCP on the CMA investment reforms report
Posted on Wednesday Dec 12

Cardano and XPS Pensions comment on CMA reforms report

Cardano and XPS Pensions Group comment on the CMA investment reform reports
Posted on Wednesday Dec 12

CMA sets out investment consultants reforms

The CMA has today announced a range of reforms to the investment consultancy and fiduciary management sector after finding competition problems.
Posted on Wednesday Dec 12

Predictions on asset class performance over next 12 months

Research by Aegon, carried out among over 200 financial advisers highlights adviser’s views on the asset classes they expect to perform best and worst for clients over the next 12 months. This research comes as investors face having to navigate a complex range of factors including trade tension and growth concerns, with many questioning if the longest bull market in history could be coming to an end.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 11

Real solutions not quick fixes needed to fix the KID

Insurance Europe is seriously concerned by the quick-fix approach taken by the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) in their proposals for changes to the Key Information Document (KID) for Packaged Retail Investment and Insurance Products (PRIIPs), which it does not believe will be of benefit to consumers.
Posted on Monday Dec 10

Call for the suspension of PRIIPs regime

PIMFA, the trade association for wealth managers and financial advisers, believes that information being provided to investors in accordance with the PRIIPs KID regime is doing them more harm than good and that the ESAs’ hastily-drafted proposals for amending KID performance scenarios are unlikely to improve the situation.
Posted on Friday Dec 7

European markets still awaiting benefits from MiFID II

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) has published a report on the impacts and challenges of MiFID II/R for the international bond market in the year since the implementation date.
Posted on Friday Dec 7

Insurance investors return expectations plummet

Insurance investors globally have seen their return expectations plummet as concerns over rising levels of equity market volatility and risk weigh on their portfolios, Schroders Institutional Investor Study 2018, ‘An Insurance Focus’ has found.
Posted on Friday Nov 30

5 biggest trends in Mergers and Acquisitions over 10 years

Deal makers consistently beat the market over the last ten years, underlining M&A’s success as a growth strategy. Over 8,300 M&A deals worth over $100m in value completed worldwide from 2008 to 2018, with a combined value of $9.4tn. Fifty-five per cent of these deals outperformed the market by a total of $227bn over the last decade. The 45% that underperformed the market left $73.9bn on the table compared to the overall market performance. Willis Towers Watson marks the 10th anniversary of its Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor with a review of the five biggest trends of the last ten years.
Posted on Tuesday Nov 27

Aviva acquire majority stake in smart technology firm Neos

Aviva has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Neos Ventures Ltd “Neos”, the smart technology insurance provider which helps customers to monitor and protect their homes with connected devices.
Posted on Friday Nov 23

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