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Uber urges rivals to join cross industry pension

Kate Smith, Head of Pensions at Aegon, as Uber rolls out its pension plan for drivers for the first time and urges other companies to create a cross-industry pension scheme.
Posted on: Friday Sep 24

Isio Group acquires Premier Pensions Management

Isio Group Limited (“Isio”), one of the UK’s leading pensions businesses, is delighted to announce the acquisition of Premier Pensions Management Ltd (“Premier”), subject to the required FCA approval. Premier is a complementary business which will enable the combined business to offer a broader spectrum of pensions and financial advisory services to companies and individuals.
Posted on: Friday Sep 24

PLSA Webinar on Pension Tax Reform

What the PLSA is hearing in our behind-the-scenes conversations across Whitehall and Westminster
There is regular speculation in the media that the UK Government may look at reforming pensions tax relief to help pay for the costs of the pandemic or to support the cost of changes to social care. Hear about our ‘Five Principles of Pension Taxation’ to guide policy-makers. The potential impact of each of the most likely reforms on savers – analysis by the PLSA, based on Pensions Policy Institute modelling.

SPEAKERS
Nigel Peaple, Director of Policy and Advocacy, PLSA
Kate Boulden, Senior Policy Advisor: DC, PLSA
Jackie Wells, Independent Consultant
Chair: James Walsh, Head of Member Engagement, PLSA
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Friday Sep 24

Plug the cyber education gap with effective risk management

According to Munich Re’s Global Cyber Risk and Insurance Survey (2021), the global cyber insurance market is likely to reach a value of approximately $20 billion by the year 2025. To successfully exploit this growth, insurers and brokers need to effectively grasp accurate cyber underwriting, and the distribution of cyber insurance to companies large and small. These pertinent themes will be two key areas of focus at Intelligent Insurer’s upcoming Commercial Lines Innovation Europe event (October 11–13).
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Friday Sep 24

Latest life expectancy figures and pension survey from ONS

The ONS have released the latest national life tables, exploring life expectancies in the UK using data for the period 2018 to 2020 – the first national life tables to include data from during the COVID-19 pandemic. they have also published their latest Financial Survey of Pension Schemes.
Posted in: Life - Articles
Posted on: Thursday Sep 23

Pensions industry urged to rethink member engagement

Gallagher urge the industry to fundamentally rethink member engagement, considering the five key trends that are shaping member communications and engagement.
Posted on: Thursday Sep 23

Smaller schemes must prove their worth to savers or wind up

Smaller defined contribution (DC) pensions schemes are reminded they must prepare a more rigorous value for money (VFM) assessment in line with regulations coming into force with effect from next month (1 October).
Posted on: Thursday Sep 23

New climate risk reporting rules for pension funds

James Wintle, Managing Director, Retirement at Willis Towers Watson on the main points of how the U.K.’s largest pension schemes must take steps now to comply with mandatory reporting on climate-related risks and opportunities.
Posted on: Thursday Sep 23

Net Zero Investment Consultants Initiative

Hymans Robertson are pleased to announce they have joined the Net Zero Investment Consultants Initiative (NZICI) which commits to supporting the goal of global net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner, in alignment with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. This is alongside eleven other investment consultants, with collective responsibility for USD 10 trillion of assets. The development of the NZICI has been led by the Investment Consultants Sustainability Working Groups (both within the UK and US) and is endorsed by the United Nations Race to Zero campaign and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
Posted on: Thursday Sep 23

Almost half of furloughed workers change retirement plans

As the government’s furlough scheme comes to an end this month, new research from Canada Life reveals that nearly half (46%) of currently furloughed workers have changed their retirement plans.
Posted on: Thursday Sep 23

LMG confirms Wagstaff as permanent CEO

The board of the London Market Group (LMG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Caroline Wagstaff as the LMG’s permanent Chief Executive Officer. This follows a period of six months from April to September this year, during which Caroline was seconded to the role on a temporary basis.
Posted on: Thursday Sep 23

Making life harder for fraudsters

Aviva’s fraud report has once again shone a light into the murky world of criminals intent on robbing individuals of their hard-earned savings. While the report looks at all types of fraud, including insurance fraud which might take the form of unscrupulous claims management companies or bogus ‘ghost’ brokers arranging worthless or non-existent car insurance, it also exposes financial fraud that can have a devastating effect on pension scheme members.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Thursday Sep 23

Financial wellbeing is the next big challenge for employers

Employers have warned that financial wellbeing is a critical concern, with two thirds (65%) of HR decision-makers predicting that this will become the next big employee challenge for companies.
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 22

Pensions Minister commits to AE Review proposals

Kate Smith, Head of Pensions at Aegon, comments on the Pensions Minister’s commitment to the 2017 Automatic Enrolment Review proposals to be implemented in the mid-2020s in response to a parliamentary written question
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 22

Is Sagas saga coming to an end

The group reported an underlying pre-tax loss of £2.8m in the half year, compared to a profit of £15.9m last year. This was in-line with expectations and reflects a “stable” performance in Insurance, offset by the suspension of the travel business, and costs associated with restarting operations. Some cruises restarted in June, while international trips resumed in August. The shares rose 1.6% following the announcement.
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 22

Legal and General complete buy in deal with Selecta Pension

The Selecta (UK) Pension Plan (the “Plan”), sponsored by Selecta UK Limited has completed a £250m full scheme buy-in with Legal & General covering liabilities in respect of the Plan’s approximately 1,000 deferred and approximately 1,000 pensioner members.
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 22

Over one billion pounds worth of state pensions underpaid

Commenting on the findings by the National Audit Office that over £1 billion worth of state pensions have been underpaid, Sarah Pennells, Consumer Finance Specialist at Royal London says:
Posted on: Wednesday Sep 22

Half of DB trustees need to invest in member engagement

Half of DB Scheme Trustees (50%) believe the pandemic has increased the need for schemes to invest in engagement strategies about member options and provide access to financial advice for members, according to research from Hymans Robertson. The fallout from Covid-19 has also compounded the need for those approaching retirement to review their plans, according to the leading pensions and financial services consultancy, as it warns that Trustees must take action to implement these changes.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 21

A look back over 10 years of retirement saving behaviour

Nest Insight has published Retirement saving in the UK 2021 one of the largest annual studies of retirement saving behaviours in the UK. This year’s expanded report takes stock of the last 10 years, painting a rich portrait of the lived experience of almost 10 million Nest members who are saving for their retirement – a sample that includes around a third of the UK working population.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 21

Just Group complete buy in deal with Keysight Technologies

Just Group has completed a buy-in transaction for the trustees of the Keysight Technologies UK Limited Retirement Benefits Plan (the plan), covering approximately £250 million of pensioner liabilities and over 750 members of the plan.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 21

Pension tracker shows schemes hit by increase in liabilities

XPS Pensions Group’s DB:UK tracker reveals pension schemes hit by £46bn increase in liabilities in September as inflation rises
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 21

Furloughed workers reveal desired shift in working lives

Despite nearly six in 10 (57%) furloughed workers looking forward to returning to their old jobs at the end of this month, research from Canada Life reveals how these employees want major shifts to their working lives once the scheme draws to a close.
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 21

Impact investing using ESG risk to create opportunity

Investors are now more aware of the risks to financial returns that come from environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. But what about the impact of those investments? All organisations and investments have impacts in the real world. Companies produce goods and services that can make people’s lives better; they can contribute to solving the world’s problems.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Tuesday Sep 21

Income Protection Awareness Week

Nathan Hill, Market Head L&H UK & Ireland at Swiss Re, on the importance of income protection products and the ongoing need to improve both consumer access to them and adviser confidence in them.
Posted on: Monday Sep 20

Avoiding greenwashing in environmentally friendly portfolios

While many climate-focused or Paris-aligned investment strategies do display reduced carbon intensity or temperature at the portfolio level, these improvements are not always seen at the company or stock level within it, leading to a portfolio that may have good environmental credentials on the whole, but remains invested in companies who are not environmentally positive. We’ll show you how to avoid portfolio greenwashing while ensuring your investments align with your broader engagement activities and overall environmental goals.

SPEAKERS
Felix Goltz, Research Director, Scientific Beta
Erik Christiansen, ESG and Low Carbon Investment Specialist, Scientific Beta
Chair: Karen Hurst, Senior Policy Advisor: Investment & Stewardship

Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Monday Sep 20

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