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Hays Pension Scheme chooses EQ Paymaster

EQ Paymaster is pleased to announce that it has signed up to administer and service the Hays Pension Scheme (the “Scheme”) for a further six years. The Scheme caters for 6,500 current and former employees of FTSE250 recruitment specialist, Hays.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 5

AAM completes rebrand of Kames Capital

Aegon Asset Management is set to complete its rebrand of Kames Capital on 7 September 2020
Posted on Tuesday Aug 4

John Lewis Trust for Pensions appoints new trustee chair

The John Lewis Partnership Trust for Pensions has appointed Sarah Bates as Chair of the Trustee from 1 August 2020 and replaces Dame Jane Newell, who has stepped down after being Chair since 2013.
Posted on Monday Aug 3

L and G in 100m bulk annuity deal with Countrywide Farmers

Legal & General announces that it has agreed a £100 million bulk annuity transaction with the Trustee of the Countrywide Farmers Retirement Benefits Scheme securing the benefits of 360 deferred members and 712 retirees.
Posted on Thursday Jul 30

InsurTech fundraising rebounds after Covid19

Following the COVID-19-induced slowdown in global InsurTech investment during the first months of 2020, $1.56 billion was raised by InsurTech firms in Q2. The total, up 71% over Q1, was driven in part by later-stage investments, including four ‘mega-rounds’ in excess of US$100 million, according to the new Quarterly InsurTech Briefing from Willis Towers Watson.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 28

Swiss Re announces successful completion of ReAssure sale

Swiss Re have announced the completion of the sale of its subsidiary ReAssure Group plc to Phoenix Group Holdings plc following the receipt of all required regulatory and antitrust approvals. The sale has bolstered Swiss Re’s capital position, which remains very strong despite significant claims and reserves related to the COVID-19 crisis, totalling USD 2.5 billion before tax in the first half of 2020.
Posted on Friday Jul 24

Will the pandemic lead to a rethink on financial priorities

Covid-19 has dramatically altered the financial and emotional landscape for many people in the UK, at least in the near term.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 22

Regulating the new reality for asset managers

The regulatory agenda for asset managers and investment funds is now set against the most challenging economic and operational backdrop in living memory, the COVID-19 pandemic. KPMG’s latest Evolving Asset Management Regulation report – now in its 10th year – finds that regulators have returned to their pre-pandemic agendas, but with new priorities and perspectives.
Posted on Monday Jul 20

Shaping the future of responsible investing after COVID19

Covid-19 has disrupted every aspect of human life. This global threat has spurred us to reconsider priorities and heightened the importance of social justice and preservation of the planet. But if it is to be the catalyst that drives change towards a more sustainable world, what role will governments, companies and individuals be required to play? NN IP identifies new ‘unknowns’ that responsible investors will increasingly need to take into account in their decision-making.
Posted on Thursday Jul 16

Cash vs Stocks and Shares how coronavirus affects savings

Aegon’s latest research into the savings behaviour of consumers during coronavirus shows that one in eight (12%) individuals have set up new savings products since the beginning of the crisis. Over two-thirds (70%) of these individuals have set up new cash-based products and three in ten (30%) have chosen to invest their savings in a stocks and shares product.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 15

Tackling black under representation in investment industry

Investment consultant Redington is working with nine other leading financial services firms (all members of the Diversity Project) to help connect businesses directly with students to tackle the underrepresentation of black talent in the industry.
Posted on Monday Jul 13

Open letter on reducing emissions from the built environment

An open letter to UK Government from LGIM’s Head of Sustainability, Head of LGIM Real Assets and CEO of Legal & General Capital
Posted on Friday Jul 10

The future of investing

Unless you have a reliable crystal ball, there are many aspects of the future which are currently highly uncertain. One element of investing, however, is now clearer. Generating future income from assets will be extremely challenging and the result will see investors being pushed into riskier areas of the capital markets.
Posted on Friday Jul 10

Mercer advises UBS Pension in billion pound longevity hedge

Mercer acts as the lead commercial and investment adviser to the Trustee of the UBS (UK) Pension and Life Assurance Scheme (the “Scheme”) as the scheme enters into £1.4 billion longevity hedge. The swap covers roughly £1.4 billion of its defined benefit (DB) pensioner liabilities and was arranged with Zurich Assurance Ltd (“Zurich”) as the insurer and The Canada Life Assurance Company (“Canada Life Reinsurance”) as the reinsurer. Allen & Overy LLP provided the legal transactional counsel.
Posted on Thursday Jul 9

Structured products are an accident waiting to happen

Structured products are an accident waiting to happen for many retirees, with the inflexible terms and conditions of many such products likely to have been tested by the sell-off earlier this year to leave investors exposed to losses, according to 7IM.
Posted on Thursday Jul 9

UK equities and Operation Dynamo to the rescue

Investors have been rocked by significant market moves since the beginning of the pandemic and we are operating in a world of extremes. But what does the future hold for UK equities? Read more in this piece by Richard Colwell, Head of UK equities at Columbia Threadneedle Investments.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 8

COVID19 drags North America M and A deals to lowest level

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dealmaking in the first six months of 2020 was significant but not unexpected, yet regional differences in deal performance and volume revealed by M&A data1 from Willis Towers Watson have been more dramatic.
Posted on Monday Jul 6

European P and C insurers face pressure on profitability

The profitability of European property and casualty (P&C) insurers will come under increasing pressure as interest rates are likely to stay low for longer than previously expected amid the slowdown in global growth, and with government bond yields falling in 2020, Moody's Investors Service said in a report
Posted on Friday Jul 3

COVID19 may be watershed for climate resilience investment

COVID-19 provokes turning point, as industry leaders drive action to invest in climate resilient infrastructure Finance and infrastructure investment experts use London Climate Action Week to stress the need for robust climate risk data and analytics, incentives and collaboration.
Posted on Thursday Jul 2

Rothesay Life complete buy in with IPC Media Pension Scheme

Rothesay Life announces that it has insured the pensioner liabilities of IPC Media Pension Scheme (the “Scheme”) through a £290m pensioner buy-in, which was completed in May 2020.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 1

Shell write down questions investing in fossil fuels

Commenting on Shell’s decision to write down up to $22bn from the value of its assets Charles Ward, a professional trustee at Dalriada Trustees, said:
Posted on Tuesday Jun 30

What TALF 2.0 means for investors

The Fed has launched a second iteration of its Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) program, first run after the financial crisis of 2008. Talf 1.0 supported securitisations and allowed investors double-digit returns. Here is a brief run-down of how it works:
Posted on Monday Jun 29

Path to recovery remains unclear

Quantum Advisory has told businesses that, whilst markets have rebounded strongly from March’s lows, significant risks remain and the global economic outlook remains highly uncertain.
Posted on Monday Jun 29

78 percent say COVID19 made them realise they need savings

According to a recent survey, three quarters of individuals say that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has made them realise the importance of having a savings pot to fall back on in the event of unexpected circumstances.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 24

Redington advises General Healthcare Pension on buy in deal

After seeing its funding level drop to less than 70% during the 2008 financial crisis, the Trustee of the General Healthcare Group Pension & Life Assurance Plan has now secured a £150million insurance contract with Aviva to cover all 700 of its defined benefit members.
Posted on Monday Jun 22

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