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Loosening pension regulations could boost economic recovery

PROSPECTS of a full national economic recovery post-pandemic could be fuelled by the relaxation of financial regulations on defined contribution (DC) pension schemes. Governor of the Bank of England (BoE), Andrew Bailey, recently stated that the relaxation could allow investments in higher, long-term productive investments, such as infrastructure projects, to accelerate the rate of recovery.
Posted on Wednesday Jan 20

L and G announce bulk annuity deal with Evonik

Legal & General have announced that it has agreed a £544 million full buy-in of four pension schemes sponsored by Evonik UK Holdings Ltd, securing the benefits of over 3,600 UK defined benefit pension scheme members and facilitating the merger of the four schemes as part of the de-risking process.
Posted on Wednesday Jan 20

Broadstone secures new backing for ambitious growth plans

Broadstone has announced that it has forged a partnership with Intermediate Capital Group plc (ICG) subject to approval by the FCA.
Posted on Tuesday Jan 19

Aegon UK commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

In response to the threat of climate change, Aegon has announced its intention to achieve net zero carbon emissions across its default pension fund ranges by 2050. The threat of climate change is such that the company is exploring the practicability of achieving the milestone of halving emissions in the next decade.
Posted on Friday Jan 15

Global M and A market rebounds in final quarter of 2020

As COVID dragged M&A activity to its lowest level in years, buyers in North America bounced back in the final three months to record their best quarter-on-quarter performance.
Posted on Wednesday Jan 13

MetLife completes longevity reinsurance deal with L and G

Metropolitan Tower Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (“MetLife”), announced today it has completed four United Kingdom longevity reinsurance transactions with Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) in 2020.
Posted on Tuesday Jan 12

Improvement on PRIIPs KID must focus on insurance consumers

Following press reports that the European Commission has put pressure on the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) to propose, by the end of January, technical solutions to make the key information document (KID) for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs) suitable for undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS), in view of the end of the exemption for these funds from PRIIPs rules in December 2021
Posted on Thursday Jan 7

International Re announces partnership withCimarron

International Re (I–RE), the specialist captive insurance and reinsurance MGU, is today announcing its new strategic capacity partnership with Cimarron Insurance a niche specialist admitted insurer.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 22

Willis Towers Watson partner with Polecat Intelligence

Willis Towers Watson announces a partnership with Polecat Intelligence Ltd. Together, they are developing insurance solutions that enable organisations to respond to the rapidly changing, increasingly complex and interconnected challenges they now face. Polecat data will support Willis Towers Watson solutions in areas such as life sciences, reputational and product recall risk as well as D&O.
Posted on Friday Dec 18

Aviva Investors more confident on outlook for 2021

Aviva Investors, the global asset management arm of Aviva PLC (‘Aviva’), expects 2021 to be a year of economic recovery, with GDP reversing much of the unprecedented declines seen in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The development of a number of effective vaccines changes the end-game of the crisis fundamentally, although there will be some difficult months ahead.
Posted on Friday Dec 18

L and G complete bulk annuity deal with Maersk

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has agreed a £1.1 billion bulk annuity transaction with the Trustee of the Maersk Retirement Benefit Scheme (the “Scheme”), securing the benefits of around 1,900 deferred members and 3,000 retirees.
Posted on Wednesday Dec 16

Advisers remain optimistic on the outlook for riskier assets

With 2021 on the horizon, new research from investment and pension provider Aegon assess the asset classes financial advisers are most optimistic about. The research finds that advisers expect that over the next twelve months the best returns will come from emerging market and US equities.
Posted on Wednesday Dec 16

Scottish Widows complete 510m pensioner buy in with Aon

Scottish Widows has completed a £510m pensioner buy-in with the Aon Bain Hogg Pension Scheme Section of the Aon Retirement Plan. The Plan is sponsored by Aon UK Limited.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 15

Aon advises on 5bn longevity transaction for Barclays Bank

Aon has announced that it was the lead advisor to the Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund (UKRF) on its £5 billion longevity transaction with Reinsurance Group of America (RGA).
Posted on Monday Dec 14

L and G announce multi million buy in deal with Northern Gas

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has agreed a £385 million buy-in transaction with the Northern Gas Networks Pension Scheme (“the Scheme”), securing the pension benefits of more than 600 retirees.
Posted on Thursday Dec 10

Aegon Master Trust rolled out for Thermo Fisher Scientific

Aegon has successfully completed the roll out of the Aegon Master Trust for 5,000 Thermo Fisher Scientific UK members. Roll out includes the transfer of around £120m of existing pension assets.
Posted on Thursday Dec 10

Aviva announce bulk annuity deal with Homestyle Pensions

Aviva have announced it has completed a £103million bulk purchase annuity transaction for the Homestyle 2007 Pension Scheme.
Posted on Thursday Dec 10

LCP Partners increase ownership of the business

LCP’s Partners have announced that they are set to increase their ownership of the firm with the support of Charterhouse Capital who are buying out the minority stake held by Inflexion Private Equity. The transaction is due to complete in mid-January 2021.
Posted on Thursday Dec 10

72 percent of IFAs held asset allocation steady during COVID

Almost three quarters (72%) of financial advisers have left their clients’ asset allocations the same throughout the volatility caused by Covid-19. Research from Canada Life Asset Management reveals this hands-off approach taken by advisers, with only 14% taking steps to reduce their clients’ exposure to riskier assets, such as emerging market equity or high-yield bonds.
Posted on Monday Dec 7

Millions of adults losing value by hoarding savings in cash

Analysis of yesterday’s FCA figures from EQ (Equiniti Group plc), an international technology-led services and payments specialist, find that the UK continues to suffer a major problem with saving in cash.
Posted on Friday Dec 4

Poll reveals scheme administrators views on sustainability

XPS’ Audience poll reveals half of scheme representatives believe the fiduciary duty hinders trustees in their ability to address climate change

Posted on Monday Nov 30

PIMFA calls for urgent reform of FSCS levy

PIMFA, the trade association for the wealth management and financial advice industry, is today calling on the Government and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to urgently reform the supervision of financial advice and consumer compensation through the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).
Posted on Monday Nov 30

Hymans Robertson advises on Aviva Staff Pension Scheme

The Aviva Staff Pension Scheme (the “Scheme”) has completed a £875 million buy-in with Aviva Life & Pensions UK Ltd (“Aviva”) covering the Scheme’s liabilities in respect of c.2,800 members. This is the second buy-in with Aviva following a £1.7bn buy-in in 2019 and a £5bn longevity swap in 2014. Hymans Robertson acted as lead adviser to the Scheme.
Posted on Friday Nov 27

PIMFA looks to the future and updates member manifesto

PIMFA, the trade association for the wealth management and financial advice industry, has updated its Members’ Manifesto following industry developments and consultation with members.
Posted on Friday Nov 20

Willis Towers Watsons 2020 Global ILS Survey

After big tests during the past three years, the Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) market remains resilient. Most end investors are satisfied with their ILS performance, 86% of ILS funds expect market growth of 5% or more cumulatively during the next five years, and more than half of reinsurance and insurance companies surveyed world-wide now use ILS capacity, according to the new Global Insurance-Linked Securities Market Survey Report from Willis Towers Watson.
Posted on Wednesday Nov 18

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