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Blog: September 2016 Archive

The financial wellbeing department

Mark Futcher and Jonathan Watts-Lay, director at Wealth at Work offer their own compelling insights into the changing face of the retirement landscape in this interview with PMI TV.

Mutual deferred shares – a panacea to the sector’s difficulties?

In August HM Treasury issued draft regulations that will enable mutual insurers to raise capital under the powers in the Mutuals’ Deferred Shares Act of 2015. We submitted a response to the consultation which was open until 30 September 2016.

Simply the best . . . estimate

As Solvency II regulations settle and 2016 year end approaches, insurers have the chance to draw breath and take pride in the past few years work. But do the assumptions reflect reality and are the processes in place sufficiently robust and objective?

The Greek Gods of employee wellbeing

At Barnett Waddingham we are standing at the forefront of innovation in the wellbeing arena, discarding the old fashioned blanket approach to benefit provision in favour of unique solutions, inspired by ancient philosophies, but tailored for the modern workplace.

Analytics Maturity: Dastardly data and despicable solicitors

UK primary solicitors insurance is a battleground. The contest is fierce and underwriting hard. The large claims continue to stress the scant premium pool. Unrated carriers continually enter the battlefield, taking market share and perpetuating the depressed rates.

Dividend block – a post-Brexit vote reality?

Adam Poulson explains how an increase in pension scheme deficit can prevent a company from paying planned dividends.

PPF levy – third triennium proposals

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has given an early indication of the changes that it intends to make as part of its three-yearly review of the PPF levy rules, with a particular focus on the Experian model used to calculate insolvency risk.

VAT on pension costs - part 4: inscrutable force meets immovable deadline

HMRC has been considering for some time how to change the way in which VAT on DB pension scheme costs is reclaimed by UK employers, and with a third extension on the deadline for finding PPG-compliant solutions, it's set to rumble on for a while yet.

HMRC announce end to new Scheme Reconciliation Service requests

HMRC announced on 5 August 2016 that they would not accept any new requests for new data to be provided through the Scheme Reconciliation Service (SRS), but what does this mean for the schemes that we administer?

Larger with-profits funds generate greater ROI than their smaller rivals

Our annual report on with-profits investment performance and strategy contains information on one-year returns over 2015 and trends in asset allocations. This blog focusses on the three-year performance figures to best judge funds on their performance.

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