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Aegon launches a guide for Financial Wellbeing

Aegon has launched a guide to help businesses improve the financial wellbeing of their workforce as part of their overall wellbeing strategy. The guide aimed at firms of all sizes aims to support positive financial wellbeing by suggesting ways for employers to engage with their workforce.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 20

Greene King appoint XPS as actuarial and investment advisors

XPS Pensions Group is pleased to announce its appointment by the Trustee of the Greene King Pension Scheme to provide actuarial and investment advice, following a competitive tender process.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 20

Legal and General acquires MyFutureNow

Legal & General Retail Retirement (LGRR) has, for an undisclosed price, purchased a 100% stake in Finovation Limited, trading as MyFutureNow, which specialises in pension pot tracing and consolidation.
Posted on Monday Aug 12

ILS market slow to return to normal

The insurance-linked securities (ILS) market declined year-on-year in the second quarter of 2019, with just below $1.7 billion of non-life ILS capacity issued through 11 cat bonds, down from $6.2 billion and $4.0 billion in Q2 2017 and 2018 respectively. That made the recent quarter the second-lowest second-quarter for issuance by volume in the past eight years, except for 2016. The number of transactions declined less than total transaction value, according to the new ILS Market Update from Willis Re Securities
Posted on Wednesday Aug 7

AXA and GoCompare partner to cover excess for motorists

AXA Partners has announced a new partnership with GoCompare, to offer excess cover to qualifying customers, when they purchase car insurance through the comparison site.

Posted on Tuesday Aug 6

ReAssure agrees to acquire Quilters UK closed book business

Swiss Re announced today that its subsidiary ReAssure Group plc has agreed to acquire the UK closed book business of Quilter plc, consisting of Old Mutual Wealth Life Assurance Limited and its subsidiary Old Mutual Wealth Pensions Trustees Limited, including about 300 employees. The total consideration of the transaction is GBP 425 million. The acquisition will add over 0.2 million customer policies and GBP 12 billion of assets to ReAssure's platform.
Posted on Monday Aug 5

Global insurance M and A up to highest level for four years

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global insurance industry rose in the first half of 2019 with 222 completed deals worldwide, up from 196 in the second half of 2018, according to Clyde & Co’s Insurance Growth Report mid-year update.This marks the biggest increase in the volume of transactions since H1 2015 and the fourth consecutive six-month period of growth.
Posted on Thursday Aug 1

Drawdown investors profit in first years of pension freedoms

Analysis of stock market returns by Aegon, since the introduction of the pension freedoms, shows just how important it is for drawdown investors to be comfortable with stock market volatility.
Posted on Monday Jul 22

Forecasts of over ten percent but millennials expect more

Investors globally are exceedingly optimistic in their expectations for returns for the coming years, according to Schroders Global Investor Study 2019.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 10

Foresters Friendly Society select AXA Investment Managers

Foresters Friendly Society (Foresters), the mutual insurance provider protecting families since 1834, has appointed AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) to manage a £175 million multi-asset mandate on behalf of its members, with capacity for the mandate to grow to £300m in the medium-term.
Posted on Thursday Jul 4

One in three retail investors influenced by social media

New research from Willis Owen reveals 34% of UK retail investors have made at least one change to their investments over the past 12 months as a result of announcements made via social media channels. Some 9% claim to have made at least five investment changes because of this, and 2% have made more than 10.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 3

TPR publishes new guidance for DC investments

Updated DC Investment Guidance has been published by The Pensions Regulator (TPR). The guidance now incorporates regulations which come into force from October 2019 and October 2020 and responds to industry requests for further guidance in certain areas.
Posted on Thursday Jun 27

DB pensions adopting cashflow driven investment strategies

Almost three-quarters of UK defined benefit pension schemes could be adopting a cashflow driven investment strategy within 12 months, a survey of trustees and consultants overseeing more than £1 trillion of assets has found.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 12

Neil Woodford and illiquid assets

Celene Lee, Principal and Senior Investment Consultant at pensions and employee benefits consulting firm, Buck, comments:
Posted on Friday Jun 7

The Asset Manager of tomorrow

Only a small proportion of asset managers have measured and actively manage their own culture, according to a research paper by the Thinking Ahead Institute (TAI) entitled The asset manager of tomorrow. The paper suggests that successful firms recognise that culture is central to the attraction and retention of talent, the motivational forces that inspire strong performance and ultimately the creation of value.
Posted on Thursday Jun 6

FTSE350 Pension deficit rises by five billion pounds in May

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 increased by £5bn, from £52bn in April to £57bn in May.
Posted on Thursday Jun 6

Legal and General in largest UK bulk annuity for Rolls Royce

Legal and General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has entered into another record breaking bulk annuity transaction: a partial buy-in to buyout with the Rolls-Royce UK Pension Fund (“RRPF”), in excess of £4.6bn, covering the benefits of around 33,000 in-payment pensioners.
Posted on Thursday Jun 6

Aon and CoverWallet announce commercial partnership

Aon and CoverWallet have announced that they have entered into a commercial agreement to serve clients in Australia. The parties are in the process of expanding this partnership to additional geographies, including the United States.
Posted on Friday May 31

LAMP Insurance Company Limited applies for liquidation

LAMP is an insurance firm authorised and regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC). It operates in the UK on a freedom of services basis which means that some customers, based in the UK, may have a policy with the firm.
Posted on Wednesday May 29

FCA extends Temporary Permission Regime deadline

The FCA has confirmed the deadline for notifications for the temporary permissions regime (TPR) will be extended to the end of 30 October 2019. TPR would allow EEA-based firms passporting into the UK to continue new and existing regulated business within the scope of their current permissions in the UK for a limited period, while they seek full FCA authorisation.
Posted on Wednesday May 29

Investing for ten years almost always gave a positive return

New analysis from Willis Owen reveals that remaining invested for 10 years generates a positive return 98% of the time for UK investors.
Posted on Tuesday May 28

SMEs not achieving maximum return on investment

Quantum Advisory, the leading independent financial services consultancy, has said that whilst more small to medium sized employers (SMEs) are now investing in quality benefits packages, many are not achieving their true potential in terms of return on investment.
Posted on Thursday May 23

Marks and Spencer complete second round of pensioner buy ins

Marks & Spencer has taken another important step in reducing the risks in its £10bn UK defined benefit pension scheme. Marks & Spencer has now secured two further buy-in policies with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) and Phoenix Life totalling broadly £1.4bn.
Posted on Thursday May 23

Aegon comment on FCA report on investment scams

Kate Smith, Head of Pensions at Aegon, on figures released this morning from the FCA that over £27 million was reported lost to crypto and forex investment scams in the last financial year.
Posted on Tuesday May 21

Twenty seven million pounds lost in crypto investment scams

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Action Fraud (link is external) are warning the public to be wary of investment scams carried out via bogus online trading platforms. This warning comes as cryptoassests (crypto) and forex investment scams reports more than tripled last year to over 1,800. Fraudsters promise high returns from investments in crypto and forex, with victims losing over £27 million in total in 2018/19.
Posted on Tuesday May 21

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