Category Archives: Financial Services

Must companies now avoid the stigma of tax avoidance?

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I’ve blogged recently about the dangers of corporate tax evasion, given the new powers open to prosecutors under the Criminal Finances Act, but what about its seemingly much less dangerous and perfectly legal cousin: tax avoidance? There’s some evidence that … Continue reading →

Looking to succeed in credit markets? Diversity and a long time horizon can be your best friends

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Ever since the global financial crisis, we’ve found investors have been slow to diversify their fixed income portfolios, and for good reason: Mainstream corporate credit (including investment grade and high yield), have performed incredibly well, supported by declining interest rates, … Continue reading →

Don’t let your actuaries sit on the bench on IFRS17

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IFRS17 may be an accounting standard, but getting ready for it requires serious actuarial input. The January 1, 2021 live date for the new international insurance accounting standard, IFRS17, is somewhat deceptive. The reality is that, due to the need … Continue reading →

Should banks require commercial lending customers to have cyberinsurance?

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In light of increasingly prevalent and highly publicized data breaches, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recommends that banks require commercial lending customers have cyberinsurance to supplement existing risk management programs. The FFIEC’s statement isn’t a regulatory expectation, but … Continue reading →

FCA investigations – The new world

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Perhaps it’s no surprise that with a title like that, we had no shortage of delegates (200 plus) for an interesting interactive seminar which we ran in our London auditorium on February 1, together with two law firms (Brown Rudnick … Continue reading →

How “Pure Entity” Australian Class Actions have distorted the D&O market

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In 2012, the Federal Court of Australia’s decision in ASIC v Healey sent shockwaves through the boardrooms of large Australian companies and beyond. All seven non-executive directors as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Centro Group were found by … Continue reading →

With-profits simplification: Could it be a triple win?

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Aggregate U.K. market demand for with-profits funds has been in decline for several years. The benefits of simplification of a significant proportion of existing funds, most of which are already closed to new business, are becoming harder to ignore or … Continue reading →

Avoid a reporting crisis: Turning words into reality

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A major European insurer has demonstrated how a well-constructed reporting process transformation project can reap significant benefits when dealing with proliferating and ever-tighter deadlines. Over a recent series of blogs, we’ve highlighted the growing pressures on insurers’ reporting processes and … Continue reading →

Longevity blind spot threatens to stymie structured settlement annuity portfolio deals

Sellers and potential buyers of structured settlement annuity (SSA) portfolios could find themselves handicapped by outdated and inaccurate mortality projections. Trading activity in SSA portfolios has been on the increase in recent years, stimulated by buyers interested in longevity risk … Continue reading →

Avoid a reporting crisis: Useful tips – part 3

Having gone to the time and trouble of identifying and following through on objectives that help transform reporting processes, the last thing companies want, or can afford, is to miss out on the longer-term efficiencies and payback. As anyone who … Continue reading →