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Blog: Transactional services for insurers

Two economists - three opinions!

The current economic climate is causing economists to disagree wildly on the future. Head of Insurance, Scott Eason, reports from our Investment Conference.

First impressions of KIDS – a very mixed bag

The Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) regulations came into force on 1 January 2018, requiring all providers of PRIIP providers to have a Key Information Document (KID) available online from 3 January 2018.

Investments: back to basics for insurers

The ‘lower for longer’ yield environment that is the expected outcome of Brexit has caused many insurers to go back to basics and consider how to achieve positive yields. We examine the framework that allows this analysis - the ABCs of investments.

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.

Look-through of funds? It’s still murky

EIOPA is not expected to offer any further clarity in terms of applying proportionality to the principle of look-through of assets. Scott Eason looks at a recent Investment Association seminar to see what other European practitioners are doing.

Constructive deterrence: will the FCA’s Business Plan result in better outcomes for customers?

In his introduction to the FCA’s Business Plan 2016/17, the Chairman uses the phrase “constructive deterrence” - this phrase may help insurers and distributors to understand the overall philosophy of the FCA but will it lead to better customer outcomes?

Standard Formula Calculations made simple

With the Solvency II implementation date looming, firms must make sure their processes are ready to meet the requirements. We explore how a standard formula Solvency Capital Requirement calculation tool can be made as simple as possible for the end user.

2016: a new year or Solvency II déjà vu?

Cherry Chan and John Hoskin take a look back at the insurance actuarial and risk issues that dominated 2015 and consider what might be in store in 2016.

2016: the year data rules the world

As insurers refocus on driving their businesses forward in 2016, we discuss the demand for pricing systems and advanced analytics from the London Market.

Fined! For failing to observe PRA rules

Further to last year’s consultation, the PRA has now introduced measures that may lead to financial penalties on actuaries that fail to observe PRA rules or the requirement to 'whistleblow' under FSMA.

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