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Standard Life complete buy in with Gallaher Pensions

Standard Life, part of Phoenix Group, has concluded a £1.7bn bulk purchase annuity transaction covering all members of the Gallaher Pension Scheme (“the Scheme”).
Posted on Thursday Jan 20

PIMFA welcomes FCAs move to on financial promotions rules

PIMFA has welcomed the FCA's move to strengthen financial promotions rules to protect consumers.
Posted on Wednesday Jan 19

Mixed picture for investment managers on ESG issues

LCP’s latest biennial Responsible Investment Survey of nearly 150 investment managers has highlighted big gaps in board training and oversight on ESG issues. While 69% of managers have mandatory RI training for staff, less than a quarter (23%) have mandatory training for board members. 33% of managers said that they had no one at board director levels with responsibility for the oversight of ESG and stewardship.
Posted on Tuesday Jan 18

Standard Life complete BPA buy in for Imperial Tobacco

Standard Life, part of Phoenix Group, has completed a £1.8bn Bulk Purchase Annuity (“BPA”) transaction covering c.6,600 pensioner members of the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund (“the Fund”), which is sponsored by Imperial Brands Plc.
Posted on Thursday Jan 13

Response to climate and investment reporting consultation

Paul Lee, Head of Stewardship and Sustainable Investment Strategy at Redington: “We are supportive of the DWP’s proposals and believe that extending the policy recommendations made under the Occupational Pension Schemes (Climate Change and Reporting) Regulations 2021 to encompass a mandatory portfolio alignment metric will go a long way to helping trustees better understand the long-term impact of their investment decisions.
Posted on Tuesday Jan 11

Zedra announce the acquisition of PTL

ZEDRA have announced the acquisition of leading independent Pension Trustee and Governance services provider, PTL. Founded in 1994, PTL is one of the leading Professional Trustee firms in the UK, acting for both Defined Contribution (DC) and Defined Benefit (DB) Pension Schemes, Group Life Trusts and Healthcare Trusts.
Posted on Monday Jan 10

Cardano complete acquisition of ACTIAM

The Cardano Group has completed the acquisition of sustainable investing specialist ACTIAM from Athora Netherlands. The transaction was initially agreed in October 2021 and has since received regulatory approval.
Posted on Friday Jan 7

ACA supports drive to enhance trustees stewardship duties

In its response to the DWP Consultation: Climate and investment reporting, the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) is supportive of the Government’s drive to enhance trustees’ stewardship duties and to promote better alignment of investment portfolios with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Posted on Friday Jan 7

Response to PRIIPs review framework

Insurance Europe has published its response to a call for advice from the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) on the European Commission’s upcoming review of the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) Regulation.
Posted on Tuesday Jan 4

XPS acquire Michael J Field Consulting Actuaries

XPS Pensions Group is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire the business and certain assets of Michael J Field Consulting Actuaries (“MJFCA”), a SIPP and SSAS provider (the “Acquisition”).
Posted on Thursday Dec 23

Extension of 10 percent depreciation notification rule

PIMFA has welcomed the latest announcement from the FCA that it is extending existing flexibility around the 10% depreciation notification rule for a further 12 months.
Posted on Wednesday Dec 22

Aegon Investment Outlook 2022

Aegon’s Head of Portfolio Management, Richard Whitehall comments on the economic and investment outlook for 2022.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 21

FCAs new rules on climate related disclosures

The FCA has published two Policy Statements confirming final rules and guidance to promote better climate-related financial disclosures.
Posted on Monday Dec 20

L and G agrees buy in with Triumph International Pension

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has agreed a £49 million full-scheme buy-in transaction with the Triumph International Pension Scheme (“the Scheme”), covering around 140 deferred and 210 retired members.
Posted on Friday Dec 17

High inflation and low interest rates create double whammy

Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon said: “Inflation has risen sharply in recent months and the latest rate of 5.1% is the highest in a decade, already hitting the ‘peak’ forecast for spring 2022, and almost reaching the highest level over 20 years of 5.2%.
Posted on Wednesday Dec 15

Over half do not understand what sustainable investment is

Research carried out by Aegon UK among 10,000 people shows a knowledge gap when it comes to awareness and understanding of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles and how they apply to savings and investments.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 14

Swiss Re agree to sell elipsLife to Swiss Life International

Swiss Re have announced that it has agreed to sell its life insurance subsidiary Elips Life AG (“elipsLife“) to Swiss Life International and to enter into a long-term reinsurance partnership for elipsLife’s in-force and new business.
Posted on Friday Dec 10

Concerns raised over FCAs wooly consumer proposals

PIMFA has called for greater clarity from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in its proposals for a new Consumer Duty and questioned whether the current proposals will remove bad actors from the market as intended.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 7

PIMFA calls for greater ambition to solve FSCS levy funding

PIMFA welcomes the fact the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has recognised current levels of Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) funding are unsustainable and is committed to reform. But current proposals lack ambition.
Posted on Monday Dec 6

PMI appoints Cardano as Covenant Insight Partner

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) announces today that it has appointed Cardano Advisory as its newest Insight Partner, offering specialist support on employer covenant to PMI members.
Posted on Tuesday Nov 23

Legal and General announce buy in with Reuters

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has agreed a c£310 million full-scheme buy-in transaction with the Reuters Supplementary Pension Scheme (“the Scheme”).

Posted on Thursday Nov 18

Rise in inflation and the impact on pension schemes

Celene Lee, Principal and Senior Investment Consultant at Buck comments on news that UK inflation rose to 4.2%,and what impact this will have for pension schemes.

Posted on Thursday Nov 18

75 percent of advisers avoid complex investments

Aegon UK’s 2021 Adviser attitudes report has found that three quarters (75%) of financial advisers avoid complex investments altogether, mainly due to a lack of faith in their ability to deliver on their objectives.
Posted on Tuesday Nov 16

ICSWGs new metrics to bring consistency to ESG reporting

The publication of a list of 12 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)-related metrics for all public equity and public credit asset managers to report on, or work towards being able to report on, as soon as possible.
Posted on Tuesday Nov 16

Mercer appointed fiduciary manager to Honda UK Pensions

Mercer has been appointed by Honda Group-UK Pension Scheme Trustee (Honda Trustee) to provide fiduciary management services for their £1.7bn UK pension scheme. The Honda Trustee selected Mercer following a review of their own governance approach. Mercer will provide operational and implementation support to help the Honda Trustee focus on their strategic funding objectives. The appointment further grows Mercer’s fiduciary business which is on track to fund c£7bn in UK fiduciary management assets in 2021. Building on its global capabilities ($400bn of assets under management), Mercer’s total UK assets under management now stands at £59bn as of 30 September 2021.
Posted on Monday Nov 15

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