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Brexit deal may not provide the funding boost schemes need

A Brexit deal has been agreed but it may not provide the funding boost schemes need.
Posted on Thursday Oct 17

PIMFA Annual Summit addresses key areas

PIMFA welcomed over 300 senior industry figures to their Annual Summit today. The flagship event addressed key issues for the industry such as Brexit and the current UK political climate, the future of the UK economy, the future of wealth, embracing innovation within the sector, leadership and mental wellbeing – all key aspects of day’s theme of ‘what’s next?’ to build a successful sector for the future.
Posted on Thursday Oct 17

AXA Partners extend long term partnership with Atlanta Group

AXA Partners has extended its partnership with Atlanta Group, the retail division of the Ardonagh Group, with a new multi-year contract that will see the company continue to provide Motor and Home related services, to three of its biggest brands.
Posted on Friday Oct 11

No signs of recovery for Mergers and Acquisitions market

The global M&A market recorded its second worst performance since the launch in 2008 of Willis Towers Watson’s Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM), run in partnership with Cass Business School.
Posted on Wednesday Oct 2

Fund cost one of the top three most important factors

Fund costs are an increasingly important consideration for financial advisers and their clients alike, but new research from Aegon shows just how dramatically advisers’ priorities have changed in recent years. A survey of 250 financial advisers in Aegon’s adviser attitudes report 2019 has found that cost has jumped from the sixth most important factor for an adviser when assessing a fund’s quality in 2017, to the second most important factor today.
Posted on Tuesday Oct 1

Cardano Group completes acquisition of NOW Pensions

The Cardano Group has completed the acquisition of pension provider NOW: Pensions Ltd from Danish pension fund Arbejdsmarkedets Tillaegspension.
Posted on Tuesday Oct 1

Rothesay Life completes buy in with Allied Domecq

The Allied Domecq Pension Fund (the “Fund”), sponsored by Allied Domecq (Holdings) Limited, part of the Pernod Ricard Group, has completed a £3.8bn buy-in with Rothesay Life covering the Fund’s liabilities in respect of c.27,000 members.
Posted on Friday Sep 27

Aon expand golf platform with Ryder Cup partnership

The Ryder Cup and Aon have announced a multi-year agreement establishing Aon as a Worldwide Partner of The Ryder Cup.
Posted on Monday Sep 23

Ageas and URIS enter new four year partnership

Ageas Insurance has signed a new four-year contract worth £200 million with URIS Group, part of The Ardonagh Group. The deal will see Ageas and URIS provide cover for a number of specialist personal and commercial lines risks in a wide range of niche trade sectors.
Posted on Thursday Sep 19

Concerns over complexity of MiFID II costs and charges

In their recent response to the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA) Call for Evidence on Inducements and Costs and Charges Disclosure Requirements under Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) II, PIMFA has outlined their concerns about the complexity of these disclosure requirements and the burdens they place on firms seeking to comply with those requirements.
Although ESMA suggests that certain difficulties identified with the current regime can best be addressed through further, more detailed rules and mandated presentation formats.

Posted on Wednesday Sep 18

Ninety six percent of Trustees ready for RI regulation

Trustees are overwhelmingly aware, supportive and prepared for the new Responsible Investment regulations due to come into force at the start of October, according to research from Hymans Robertson, the leading pensions and risk consultancy. Despite many challenges faced by Trustees in implementing the regulations, nearly all (96%) are prepared for them with nearly three quarters (70%) supporting their introduction.
Posted on Tuesday Sep 17

AXA Partners extend long term partnership with Atlanta Group

AXA Partners has extended its partnership with Atlanta Group, the retail division of the Ardonagh Group, with anew multi-year contract that will see the company continue to provide Motor and Home related services, to three of its biggest brands.
Posted on Monday Sep 16

L and G in buyout of Edwards Wildman Palmer pension scheme

Legal & General announces that it has agreed a c£35m buyout for the US owned law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP’s UK pension scheme.
Posted on Wednesday Sep 11

The results of the Sackers ESG survey

Sackers have released the results from its client survey on attitudes to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) in pension scheme investing. Over 100 pension scheme trustees and managers were surveyed on key areas including: member views, fiduciary duties and financial and practical considerations.
Posted on Tuesday Sep 10

Jelf to be renamed Marsh Commercial

In order to more effectively deliver a wider range of services and solutions to commercial organisations across the UK Marsh has announced that it will rename its Jelf business Marsh Commercial in the first quarter of 2020.
Posted on Tuesday Sep 10

Is Responsible Investment the unstoppable force

There’s an old philosophical question that ponders what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. The exponential growth in responsible investment considerations that is expanding throughout the investment industry in many ways represents the unstoppable force. There are underlying regulatory drivers for the change in attitude, but the continued focus on issues such as climate change certainly suggest that there is an ongoing momentum.
Posted on Friday Sep 6

ILS sector poised to resume growth

Aon Securities has launched its annual report on the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector, which analyzes the key trends witnessed in the 12 months to June 30, 2019, and also provides an overview of related markets and topical issues.
Posted on Friday Sep 6

Total reinsurance capital up due to strong investment market

Total capital dedicated to the global reinsurance industry measured USD 559 billion at the half-year point of 2019. This is an 8% increase from a re-stated USD 518 billion at year-end 2018[1], with strong investment markets being the main driver of the industry’s capital growth. These are findings from the latest Reinsurance Market Report from Willis Re.
Posted on Wednesday Sep 4

PIMFA launch the latest CEO Sentiment Research Report

PIMFA, the trade association for investment managers and financial advisers, has today launched the 2019 CEO Sentiment Research Report, the latest report in the annual CEO Sentiment series.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 28

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

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