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Climate Change and Responsible Investing

This Policy Insights Webinar assesses what the LGPS can expect in the year(s) ahead and highlights the proactive work the PLSA is doing to help local authority funds meet the demands of responsible investing.

SPEAKERS
Richard McIndoe, Director, Strathclyde Pension Fund
Joe Dabrowski, Deputy Director – Policy, PLSA
Chair: James Walsh, Head of Member Engagement, PLSA
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Posted on: Friday Apr 9

Pay by mile pricing to be standard within four years

Research from By Bits has found that the motor insurance industry is heading towards usage-based pricing models, with 91% of insurers regarding it as a positive change for the industry.
Posted on: Friday Apr 9

Health and wellbeing benefits boosts SME productivity

Research from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) shows that offering health and wellbeing benefits to staff can play a valuable role in boosting productivity. As lockdown eases and many companies adapt to the ‘new normal’, employee health and wellbeing will become ever more important for businesses.
Posted on: Friday Apr 9

2020 Trustees continues to grow with more appointments

20-20 Trustees has appointed Angela Winchester as a new Trustee. She joins from Lloyds Banking Group where she was Head of Regulatory Risk, Investment, Insurance and Wealth. She brings over 20 years of experience from investment management, distribution, administration, risk management, governance, and business transformation/change management within the pensions sector.
Posted on: Thursday Apr 8

An update on the 95 thousand pounds exit cap


On 12 February 2021, the Government made what appears to be a dramatic U-turn and announced that the £95k exit payment cap regulations (the Exit Payment Regulations) were disapplied with immediate effect and would be revoked, issuing an HMT Direction Order and guidance. It is important to note that this applies to England only. The devolved Governments will consider and make their own announcements.
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Posted on: Thursday Apr 8

Car insurance prices hit seven year low as mileages plummet

Car insurance prices have fallen sharply to reach their lowest point since 2014, according to new research by MoneySuperMarket, with experts putting the drop primarily down to the significant reduction in driving during the pandemic restrictions.
Posted on: Thursday Apr 8

Reaction to TPRs climate strategy release

AXA IM, EY, LCP and Hymans Robertson comment on TPRs climate release strategy
Posted on: Thursday Apr 8

Ignoring climate change risks savers retirements

A new climate change strategy published by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) calls on scheme trustees to act now to protect savers from climate risk.
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 7

Aviva announces 26m bulk annuity deal with the ABI

Aviva announces it has completed a £26m bulk purchase annuity buy-in transaction with the Trustees of the Association of British Insurers Pension & Assurance Scheme. This is the second transaction between Aviva and the Association of British Insurers Pension & Assurance Scheme, following a £10m transaction completed in 2017.
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 7

TPR webinar on pledge to combat pension scams

Webinar featuring Nicola Parish, TPR's Executive Director of Frontline Regulation.
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Posted on: Wednesday Apr 7

Pensions need to recognise true impact of connectivity

PTL has encouraged the industry to take advantage of our increasingly connected society to drive enhancements in pensions, specifically in member engagement and fiduciary/provider decision making.
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 7

The role of IoT in insurance

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been disrupting all of our lives for some time now, whether we know it or not. Our homes are increasingly internet-connected via our lights, doorbells and even our fridges. The technology will also play a crucial role in enabling workers to return to the office by creating safe and healthy workplaces, whether with social distancing sensors or monitors to ensure we wash our hands in the bathroom.
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Posted on: Wednesday Apr 7

Enormous sense of financial wellbeing a blur on the horizon

Why should employers care about this and what can they do? Welcome to this latest in our ‘mini-series’ of blogs on current issues facing defined contribution pension schemes. In this edition, with Rebecca McKay from Trowers & Hamlins, we are looking at financial wellbeing in the workplace.
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 7

Pandemic fuelling social inequality and political unrest

According to a new report by Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, pandemic-induced economic stress will continue to exacerbate global political risk throughout 2021 and amplify the threats facing already-fragile economies.
Posted on: Wednesday Apr 7

Mind the pensions gender gap

Just Group is calling for more scrutiny of the effectiveness of pension communications after research by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) revealed poor levels of engagement among savers, and particularly among women.
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 6

Only a quarter feel confident on retirement decisions

Only a quarter (27 per cent) of DB pension members feel very confident about making retirement decisions while over a third of DB members don’t feel knowledgeable about their DB pension, according to a new survey by Hymans Robertson in association with like minds*. The combination of lack of knowledge and confidence, with the challenging financial circumstances due to Covid-19, are putting an increasing number of members at risk of falling foul to intensified scamming warns the leading pensions and financial services consultancy.
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 6

New tax year heralds raft of changes for peoples finances

Kate Smith, Head of Pensions at Aegon explains each of the changes below:
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 6

Lets talk life expectancy

When am I going to die? Well that’s a question! But it’s one that’s become more relevant to me the older I’ve become and started to think more closely about how I’ll fund the lifestyle I want after I retire. And it’s particularly relevant to me right now. Both my mum and my grandfather died young. Both died at the same age. It was the age I reached last month...
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Posted on: Tuesday Apr 6

Uninsured liabilities could cost employers dearly

Towergate Health & Protection is warning employers that they could unwittingly be leaving themselves open to uninsured liabilities that could cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds if their employee benefits are not aligned with their contracts of employment.
Posted on: Tuesday Apr 6

Paradigm shift for DB pensions as schemes stay fully funded

The funding status for the UK’s 5,000-plus corporate defined benefit (DB) pension schemes continues to show that deficits have, on average, been neutralised with the aggregate deficit remaining at zero, PwC analysis shows.

Posted on: Thursday Apr 1

FTSE 350 pension scheme deficits continue to rise

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 was £80bn at the end of March 2021, an increase from £79bn at the end of February 2021. Liability values increased from £858bn at 26 February 2021 to £863bn at the end of March 2021, driven by an increase in inflation expectations offset by a small rise in corporate bond yields. Asset values were £783bn compared to £779bn at the end of February, an increase of £4bn.
Posted on: Thursday Apr 1

LCP announces 15 new partner promotions

Commenting, Stephen Davies, Managing Partner at LCP, said: “All our new partners have demonstrated exceptional levels of service across a wide range of service areas, helping navigate clients through particularly tough times. We are delighted to welcome them to the partnership and look forward to what their passion and dynamism can bring to the firm as we continue to grow and develop.”
Posted on: Thursday Apr 1

PSIG announce new version on combatting Pension Scams

The Pensions Scams Industry Group (PSIG), which was established in 2014 to help protect pension scheme members from scams, has announced the publication of version 2.2 of its Code of Good Practice on Combating Pension Scams.
Posted on: Thursday Apr 1

More of the same for 1 April reinsurance renewals

International reinsurance renewals completed for 1 April 2021 followed trends set earlier in the season, as market pricing remained firm in virtually all classes and territories. Capacity was adequate across the board, and no substantive changes took place in negotiations over exclusionary language, according to the latest 1st View renewals report from Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Towers Watson.
Posted on: Thursday Apr 1

Utmost Group to acquire Quilter International

Commenting on the Transaction, Paul Thompson, CEO of Utmost Group said: “This is a highly attractive acquisition for Utmost Group and underscores the importance of our Utmost International business. Quilter International is highly complementary to our existing International business from both an operational, product and distribution perspective.
Posted on: Thursday Apr 1

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