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Simpler cheaper investment solutions offer better returns

With the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launching a call for input into the consumer investment market, including looking at mass market products, analysis by investment and savings provider Aegon shows that in recent years keeping investing simple has tended to deliver better investment outcomes.
Posted on Friday Oct 23

Old British Steel Pension Scheme agrees 2bn pound buy in

The Old British Steel Pension Scheme ("OBSPS") is expected to exit its Pension Protection Fund ("PPF") assessment period and secure a full buy-out next year, having agreed a £2 billion pension insurance buy-in with insurer, Pension Insurance Corporation plc ("PIC").
Posted on Thursday Oct 22

Interest and long term yields to fall before rising

More than half of fund managers expect both UK base rates and long term gilt yields to fall to between 0% and -0.5% within the next 5 years, according to a new survey. XPS surveyed Investment Fund Managers with assets under management totalling more than £1.6 trillion.
Posted on Thursday Oct 22

UK in for a winter of discontent as financial concerns mount

As British Summer Time comes to an end this weekend, Aegon’s research* shows that the UK is bracing itself for an economic chill as 94% of consumers agree that the double whammy of Covid-19 and Brexit poses significant economic implications for the country.
Posted on Wednesday Oct 21

Short duration bonds are the clear alternative to cash

Short duration bonds represent one of “the best options” for corporates and investors looking to hold money in cash now, following a squeeze on yields, AXA Investment Managers’ Nicolas Trindade has said.
Posted on Tuesday Oct 20

Just Group complete buy in deal with Ibstock Pension Scheme

Just Group has completed a £340 million Buy-in transaction for over 1,800 pensioners of the Ibstock Pension Scheme, representing just over 50% of the total pension liability in the scheme. The sponsor, Ibstock PLC, is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of bricks and concrete products. As well as providing further security for all members of the pension scheme, this transaction represents a significant step in the Ibstock Group’s continuing strategy of de-risking its pensions exposure.
Posted on Tuesday Oct 20

Asset managers analysis does not consider gender diversity

Research carried out by Redington has found that less than half (47%) of asset managers assess gender diversity when researching potential investments – despite recognising its importance within their own firms.
Posted on Monday Oct 19

Responsible investment no longer an optional extra

The myth that incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into an investment approach risks returns has been debunked according to a joint paper by Royal London and EY.

Posted on Wednesday Oct 14

What the US election means for markets and what it does not

In this piece Colin Moore, Global Chief Investment Officer at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, analyses why he believes the election cycle will increase short-term volatility, but won’t have much influence on market averages over the long term. While every US presidential election is contentious, this year’s race seems especially divisive. Partisanship is extreme, and the difference between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in approach, personality and behaviour is stark.
Posted on Tuesday Oct 13

BlackRock comment on the September PPF7800 Index figures

Commenting on the latest PPF 7800 index figures, Sion Cole, Head of UK Fiduciary Business, BlackRock, said:
Posted on Tuesday Oct 13

Swiss Re and Daimler launch new company Movinx

Swiss Re and Daimler Insurance Services have entered into a strategic partnership for automotive and mobility insurance and launched a new company called Movinx.
Posted on Monday Oct 12

Thames Water DC pension scheme joins The Aon MasterTrust

Aon has announced that Thames Water’s Defined Contribution (DC) Stakeholder arrangements will transition to The Aon MasterTrust.
Posted on Friday Oct 9

Be prepared for Investment Pathways or risk regulatory wrath

Hymans Robertson is warning firms to ensure they’re fully prepared for the introduction of the FCA Investment Pathways for pensions income drawdown. With only a matter of months before the 1 February deadline for their mandatory introduction, there is significant regulatory risk for those affected who don’t have a clear plan in place, claims the leading pensions and financial services firm. It is urging providers to implement technology to meet the regulatory requirements.
Posted on Friday Oct 9

Calls for fund managers to step up on climate risk data

In response to the DWP Consultation, XPS says that for trustees to get a true sense of climate risk in their portfolio, modelling and monitoring needs to be highly granular, reflecting risks at individual company and sector level rather than through big picture asset class allocations.
Posted on Friday Oct 9

M and A market sees first positive performance in 3 years

The global M&A market recorded its first positive performance in three years for completed deals, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dealmaking during 2020, reveals new M&A data from Willis Towers Watson.
Posted on Thursday Oct 8

Governance remains dominant consideration for asset managers

Increasing numbers of investment firms are incorporating additional ESG metrics into their investment processes, while also expanding the amount of resources dedicated to responsible investment, according to a major new survey of asset managers conducted by Russell Investments.
Posted on Wednesday Oct 7

Risk settlement market to hit 50 billion pounds

Aon has said that it expects, in spite of all the difficulties of this year, that the risk settlement market, including both bulk annuities and longevity swaps, could still reach £50 billion by the end of 2020 – while final volumes could yet make it a record year
Posted on Monday Oct 5

Police Mutual becomes part of Royal London

The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited (Royal London) has received all required approvals for The Police Mutual Group (Police Mutual) to become part of Royal London.
Posted on Thursday Oct 1

Aon Launches ILS Annual Report 2020

Aon have announced the launch of its ILS Annual Report 2020, which analyses the key trends observed in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector during the 12-month period to June 30, 2020.
Posted on Wednesday Sep 30

Covid19 should not derail progress on climate resilience

A global coalition of institutional investors, banks, insurers, rating agencies and governments, representing over US$10 trillion in assets, has said the delay of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference until next year should not be allowed to stall critical progress being made in building greater resilience to climate risk, after holding high-level talks at Climate Week NYC 2020.
Posted on Monday Sep 28

Capital Markets Union offers major opportunity for insurers

Capital Markets Union offers significant opportunity for EU insurers to enhance role as long-term investors, if EC fixes regulatory obstacles in Solvency II
Posted on Friday Sep 25

Aviva announces bulk annuity deal with Smiths Group

Aviva today announces it has completed a £142 million bulk purchase annuity buy-in transaction with the TI Group Pension Scheme, whose sponsoring employer is Smiths Group, a leading industrial technology company.
Posted on Thursday Sep 24

Sky appoint Buck for services for their DC pension plan

Buck have announced that it has been appointed to manage two defined contribution (DC) pension plans for Sky. The larger Sky Pension Plan has around 43,000 active and deferred members. The smaller Republic of Ireland plan has around 1,000 members.
Posted on Thursday Sep 24

AXA Partners announces new travel deal with Puffin Insurance

A new travel insurance partnership has been announced by AXA Partners UK & Ireland and Puffin Insurance.
Posted on Tuesday Sep 22

Ageism starts at 57

The age we begin to feel society is turning its back on us is 57, according to a new study by over 50s experts SunLife.
Posted on Tuesday Sep 22

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