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Police Mutual to become part of Royal London

Royal London announces Police Mutual will become part of its company, subject to regulatory approval. A vote was put to Police Mutual’s member representatives – Force Authorised Officers (FAOs) – asking them to approve the transaction. The FAOs represent Police Mutual members in all police forces across the country.
Posted on Thursday Jun 4

Covid19 reveals lack of financial resilience

A new report by Columbia Threadneedle Investments investigates the financial attitudes of different generations and how they impact their work, relationships, spending, and saving. Entitled: Course correction: How different generations are adapting to a new financial future, the research demonstrates that people of all generations are grappling to come to terms with the changing financial landscape.
Posted on Monday Jun 1

Aon advises Unomedical Pension on buyout with Aviva

Aon has advised the Unomedical Pension Plan on a £10 million buyout with Aviva. Aon worked closely with Capital Cranfield, the plan’s sole trustee, to complete the transaction.
Posted on Monday Jun 1

First place in the British Isles to release from lockdown

The financial services sector in the specialist global jurisdiction of Guernsey is preparing to come out of Covid-19 lockdown at the end of the week.
Posted on Thursday May 28

Aviva announces 95m bulk annuity deal with the BBA

Aviva hs announced it has completed a £95million bulk purchase annuity transaction with LawDeb Pension Trustees, Sole Corporate Trustee of the British Bankers’ Association Pension Scheme (BBA).
Posted on Thursday May 28

L and G announces 650m bulk annuity deal with 3i Group

Legal & General announces that it has completed a £650m buy-in with the Trustees of the 3i Group Pension Plan.
Posted on Wednesday May 27

Royal London announce the sale of Ascentric

Royal London announces the sale of its platform business, Ascentric, to M&G plc (M&G). The sale follows the completion of Ascentric’s re-platforming in 2019 and the conclusion of a comprehensive strategic review led by Royal London Chief Executive, Barry O’Dwyer
Posted on Wednesday May 27

Aon advises NN Life on 13bn euro longevity transaction

Aon has announced that it has assisted NN Life with a €13.5 billion longevity transaction covering a portfolio of annuity policies for over 200,000 pensioners and dependants.
Posted on Thursday May 21

Finding the Greenest Generation

An overwhelming majority of older women would divest their pension from investments in companies with poor pay and governance practices, according to new research from Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM).
Posted on Wednesday May 20

Investment grade credit based solutions

Aon has issued ‘Investment grade credit-based solutions - Capturing the opportunity’. This new paper explores the opportunities for pension schemes to incorporate global investment grade credit into their liability driven investment strategy to capture current high credit spreads, particularly the part of the spread relating to credit’s lower liquidity available in longer dated credit bonds.
Posted on Monday May 18

L and G announce two pension risk transfers with IHS Markit

Legal & General today announced that it has simultaneously agreed two pension risk transfer (“PRT”) transactions with IHS Markit – one in the UK and another in the US.
Posted on Wednesday May 13

Royal London join ICGN as part of responsible investment

Royal London Group has joined the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) as part of its commitment to promote and support high standards of corporate governance.
Posted on Monday May 4

K3 Advisory completes 66m buy in for NG Bailey Scheme

K3 Advisory, the pension market’s only specialist independent bulk annuity and consolidator advisory business, today announced it has entered the medium scheme arena having advised and completed in total £66 million across two pensioner buy-ins both with Just Group for the £400 million NG Bailey Scheme
Posted on Tuesday Apr 28

Rebalancing the route to sustaining strategic objectives

Following severe equity and bond market dislocations, long-term investors should be taking stock of their portfolio allocations. Indeed, trustees will not be surprised to realise that their pension schemes could now look materially different to what was intended, may not reflect their risk/reward objectives or meet their diversification requirements going forward.
Posted on Thursday Apr 23

16m pounds awarded against Markel in Braganza test dispute

UK mortgage lender UK Acorn Finance (UKAF) has been awarded £16 million damages by the High Court in a notable third-party rights judgment.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 22

Hymans Robertson signs up to Coronavirus Investor Statement

The Staff Pension Plan of Hymans Robertson, the leading independent pensions and financial services consultancy, has signed up to the Investor Statement on Coronavirus Response, a united group of over 200 long-term institutional investors.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 21

River and Mercantile complete mandates from Smurfit Kappa UK

River and Mercantile Group PLC (R&M) is set to complete the transition and onboarding of £1.16bn of mandates from the Smurfit Kappa UK Pension Fund (Smurfit Kappa UK).
Posted on Tuesday Apr 14

BlackRock comment on the March PPF 7800 Index figures

Sion Cole, Head of UK Fiduciary Business, comments on the latest PPF 7800 Index figures:
Posted on Tuesday Apr 14

Delay to deadline for Investment Pathways

Commenting on the FCA’s decision to delay the deadline for Investment Pathways, Paul Waters, Head of Strategic Digital Solutions, Hymans Robertson, says:
Posted on Wednesday Apr 8

Pension scheme funding levels and possible future scenarios

Ben Gold, Head of Investment at XPS Pensions Group, reviews pension scheme funding levels and highlights possible scenarios for the next 6 to 12 months:
Posted on Tuesday Apr 7

COVID19 response guided by lessons learned from 2008 crash

Lessons from the 2008 crash urge long-term view to M&A deals in response to coronavirus As the world faces an unprecedented crisis, lessons learned twelve years ago, when the global economy faced a bursting housing bubble, collapsing financial systems and rapidly spreading fear, prove a valuable guide to M&A dealmaking.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 7

Smarterly acquires Salvus Master Trust

Smarterly has acquired Salvus Master Trust for an undisclosed sum. This is the first authorised master trust to be acquired following the introduction of The Pension Regulator’s master trust authorisation regime, which saw the number of master trusts fall from 90 to 38 as the regulatory bar was raised.
Posted on Friday Apr 3

ESG beyond exclusions

Research has shown that, in normal times, by cutting out your weekly steak dinner you can take an extra holiday to Malaga every year and be comfortably carbon neutral*. Stories about the impact that our daily habits have on the environment have been in the news in recent years**.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 31

Global double digit growth declines are likely

Comments from Gareth Colesmith, Head of Global Rates and Macro Research at Insight Investment on the potential peak-to-trough impact to global GDP from Covid-19.
Posted on Friday Mar 27

Advanced economies can weather the Coronavirus

DBRS Morningstar have released a commentary titled Advanced Economies Can Weather the Coronavirus – For A Season. The commentary explains our view that most advanced economy sovereigns have adequate fiscal space to implement temporary measures to mitigate the adverse impact of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Posted on Wednesday Mar 25

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