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Debunking the myths of Master Trusts

There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to moving your scheme to a DC Master Trust arrangement. Here, we debunk those myths once and for all! Myth #1. Master Trusts are controlled by an external group that restrict your Company’s ability to engage. In reality: Master Trust providers work collaboratively with each employer to build an effective and tailored communication campaign for your staff.
Posted on Friday Aug 7

Webinar on growth portfolio performance under the spotlight

Whilst financial market performance during the first quarter of 2020 was overawed by the global economic impact of COVID-19, markets over 2019 were buoyant, with equity indices hitting record highs and gilt yields falling to record lows. A recent survey by XPS presents a holistic analysis of growth portfolios over 2019 and Q1 2020, identifying who capitalised on the market conditions, but more importantly how they went about it.

Andrew Smith, FM Portfolio Manager, BMO Global Asset Management
Alison Bostock, Client Director, PTL
Andre Kerr, Head of Fiduciary Management Oversight, XPS
Host: Rachel Pine, Events & Training Content Manager, PLSA

Posted on Thursday Aug 6

The Future of Insurance USA 2020

Discover the CEO and C-level Speakers Confirmed for Reuters Events Flagship Insurance Conference. Reuters Events have today launched their flagship insurance event, The Future of Insurance USA (November 16-18th 2020). The Future of Insurance USA is the industry’s most senior strategic conference, uniting top decision makers from across the insurance ecosystem.

Posted on Wednesday Aug 5

Webinar on Planning for the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

The auto insurance industry has never seen a year like it. Reduced car usage, renewed interest in autonomous vehicles, the pressures of Covid-19. In this volatile time, misunderstanding changing technologies and consumer trends could have a dire impact on future profits. You need to act now and take the vital steps to better understand and implement the future of auto insurance.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 5

USS debt monitoring and accelerated contributions

The recent consultation by the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) about monitoring employer debt has generated quite a lot of discussion with both USS employers and trustees of other university defined benefit schemes. It also raises the potential of differential levels of contributions between employers, which creates some interesting questions in multi-employer schemes like the USS.

Posted on Tuesday Aug 4

Connected Claims Europe Virtual 18 to 19 August 2020

At a time when customer needs are more urgent than ever, it has never been more important for those in claims to collaborate and innovate. Although the claims community appears separated, there is a huge opportunity to come together. That’s why Reuters Events Insurance have launched Connected Claims Europe Virtual (18th – 19th August, 2020), a fully virtual gathering for 1000+ senior clams executives from across Europe. Never before has the entire industry been able to attend an event to collaborate, inspire and lead.
Posted on Friday Jul 31

Understanding financial impact COVID19 has on UK households

The first event in our #NestInsightOnline webinar series focused on the current financial reality for low- and moderate-income households. What impact are we seeing on income, debt, consumption and savings behaviours? Which groups should we be most worried about? And, as we start to emerge from lockdown, what should industry and policymakers bear in mind as they think about supporting households into short- and long-term financial security?

Watch the recording of this online event for insights, research and reflection from Laura Gardiner, Resolution Foundation; Professor Elaine Kempson, University of Bristol; and Michelle Cremin, Nest Insight.

Posted on Thursday Jul 30

Is now the right time to buy long dated corporate bonds

When Bruce Hornsby sang that “some things will never change”, he was probably not referring to bond prices. We’ve seen markets change dramatically, and whatever else comes out of the Covid pandemic, it has served as a reminder of how difficult it is to predict the future. At the time of writing we’re somewhat in the middle of it, with no particularly clear exit plan. However and whenever the economy re-emerges from its cocoon, it seems likely there’ll be some meaningful changes.
Posted on Thursday Jul 30

Flexible platforms essential for life and pensions providers

As the economy starts to kick back in after the shutdown, the key question on many minds is which parts of the economy will resume as normal and which will resume in a different way. Certainly, much of the economy that deals with face-to-face transactions are having to make major changes to their business processes in order to be able to operate safely.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 28

Lessons from lockdown on life insurance products and pricing

As UK life insurers begin their gradual move out of lockdown, it is worth reflecting on how the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping customer demands. The crisis has seen a shift in customer sentiment toward insurance and has highlighted areas insurers may need to focus on. As the lockdown eases, life insurers can look to maximise on the opportunity that has emerged - increased customer demand for protection.
Posted on Friday Jul 24

Marketing during COVID19 a guide for insurance marketers

As with everything else, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has turned the world of marketing upside down. As a result, all business development champions are left with a critical dilemma: to spend, or not to spend? Fortunately, marketers have been reacting to downturns, recessions, and depressions since before the 1930s, so what lessons can be learned?

Posted on Thursday Jul 23

How life insurers can spur insured to healthier lifestyles

Beyond compelling employers to adopt remote work and experiment with new workflows, COVID-19 has driven home the paramount importance of employee wellbeing. Long a priority for many organisations, employee health has taken on a new urgency amid the pandemic – and employers who take measures to protect their employees’ wellbeing now will reap substantial rewards in the long term.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 22

De Quarantining the World will the global economy recover

DeQuarantining the World and will the global economy recover
Posted on Tuesday Jul 21

Why bother with SIPPs

Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) are the most complained-about pension product in the UK, representing 44% of the total number of pension complaints received by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) in 2019/20 . This is in fact still a vanishingly small proportion, 0.5%, of the total number of complaints received by FOS but the uphold rate is one of the highest in financial services.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 21

Telematics with 2020 vision

There is a growing consensus that our travel habits could be changing for good. While many remain working from home, as the lockdown in the UK has eased - car use is being positively encouraged for those that need to travel to work. After almost two months of severe travel restrictions and a dearth of claims, the motor insurance market will see an uptick in losses as more people hit the road for work and/or leisure.
Posted on Friday Jul 17

Climate Risk and its implications for actuaries

Climate change represents a material risk to future financial stability and creates implications for the work, actions and decision making of actuaries. Dr Louise Pryor, IFoA President-Elect and Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership along with Dr Rhian Rees-Owen, Senior Climate Science Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ed Hogg, Head of Green Finance, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy look at the science behind global warming and what that means for policymakers and society over the coming decades.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 15

Home schooling to retirement provision in one easy lesson

Like many parents I’ve been a supply teacher to my children over the past few weeks, mainly drafted in to help with maths - it’s amazing what you forget! This week was all about fractions and percentages so when the Department of Work and Pensions published data of workplace pension saving trends it was an ideal opportunity to apply some of that arithmetic.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 15

The auto insurance ecosystem is colliding online

Auto insurance is on the verge. You either collaborate or disappear because customers won’t hang around. Technology dictates that anything is possible; If we can control data. If we can provide personalization. If we can guarantee safety…
Posted on Tuesday Jul 14

The Evolution of Scams

They say that a crisis often brings out the best and worst in people and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Whilst dedicated key workers, fundraisers, and neighbour support schemes are giving their all, it is an unfortunate reality that there are some very nasty people out there who are happy to exploit the current situation as an opportunity to leech even more money from the vulnerable and financially naïve.
Posted on Monday Jul 13

Managing risks and seeking opportunities for pension funds

When markets turn causing extreme levels of volatility pension funds can be left wondering what the future holds. In these uncertain times we should remember the 2008 global financial crisis and the lessons learned by pension schemes and fiduciary managers. Listen to a discussion on the steps we took to support and manage portfolios post 2008 financial crisis. We will take a deep dive into what the current situation means for pension funds in the future, and where opportunities may lie.
Alex Mcclelland, Manager, UK Fiduciary Management, Russell Investments
David Morton, Associate Director, UK Fiduciary Management, Russell Investments
Sasha Mandich, Director, UK Institutional, Russell Investments

Posted on Thursday Jul 9

Aegon comment on the Chancellors Summer Statement

Aegon’s pensions director Steven Cameron comments on what the Chancellor’s Summer Statement means for pensions and savings across the generations.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 8

Mass homeworking creates new openings for cyber criminals

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the resultant move to widespread homeworking has created new vulnerabilities for criminals to exploit. This is the key finding of a new report authored jointly by cyber analytics expert CyberCube and professional services firm Aon. According to the report, homeworking has exposed new access points for cyber criminals to gain entry to corporate systems including domestic PCs, laptops and Wi-Fi routers.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 8

What to look out for in Rishi Sunaks Economic Update

Ahead of the Chancellor’s statement this week, please see the below commentary from Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon, on potential changes this week and 6 areas the Chancellor may return to in the Autumn Budget. Short term stimulus measures for employment and spending likely. Statement may pave the way for more significant changes in the Autumn Budget including to state pensions, pensions tax relief and wealth taxes
Posted on Monday Jul 6

Auto Insurance USA Virtual The New Rules for The Decade

The virtual event of the year is here! Auto Insurance USA set to define the future of auto insurance. There is no avoiding the impact of Covid-19 and the unprecedented disruption it has caused; the way we live our lives and how we conduct our business. But it will take more than a pandemic for the insurance industry to falter. We know just how tenacious, innovative, and committed the auto insurance community is.
Posted on Thursday Jul 2

Covid19 and predictive models transitioning to a new normal

Does your business rely on predictive models for churn management, attribution modelling, renewal offers, cross-sell campaigns, claims management and the like? If so, you face a particular test in keeping these models relevant and effective during this period of massive external change. The transition from the current crisis mode brought about by Covid-19 to some, yet to be understood, new normal will be challenging.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 24

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