Carolyn's Feed
May 1, 2015

Business as usual seen at Prudential under new CEO Wells

LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – Investors and analysts expect
business as usual at British insurer Prudential after it
appointed internal candidate Mike Wells, head of the company’s
U.S. arm, as successor to Tidjane Thiam.

The insurer set out targets at the end of 2013 to expand its
Asian life and investment management businesses, fuelled by
rising demand for insurance among Asia’s growing middle class.

May 1, 2015

SVG Capital survives shareholder revolt at annual meeting

LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) – British investment trust SVG
Capital survived an investor rebellion at its annual
general meeting on Friday, when nearly 40 percent of votes were
cast against its pay policy for top executives and the
re-election of its chairman.

At last year’s meeting just 5.5 percent of votes were cast
against the election of Chairman Andrew Sykes and 1 percent
against the pay policy, a SVG Capital statement showed.

Apr 30, 2015

Swiss Re weathers competition to deliver first-quarter profit rise

ZURICH/LONDON, April 30 (Reuters) – Swiss Re, the
world’s second-largest reinsurer, beat forecasts with a 17
percent rise in first-quarter net profit on Thursday, boosted by
strong investment returns, and said it was able to renew
policies at “acceptable” rates.

Swiss Re and other reinsurers help insurance companies cover
the cost of major damage claims, such as for hurricanes and
earthquakes, in exchange for part of the premiums their
insurance company clients pay.

Apr 29, 2015

Euro zone QE helps Standard Life first-quarter funds boost

LONDON (Reuters) – Money-printing in the euro zone helped drive flows into Standard Life’s funds in the first quarter as investors searched for higher-yielding assets, the British insurer and asset manager said on Wednesday.

Bonds are posting negative yields in several European countries after the European Central Bank announced a trillion euro bond-buying – or quantitative easing – programme, which kicked in last month.

Apr 29, 2015

Euro zone QE helps Standard Life Q1 funds boost

LONDON, April 29 (Reuters) – Money-printing in the euro zone
helped drive flows into Standard Life’s funds in the
first quarter as investors searched for higher-yielding assets,
the British insurer and asset manager said on Wednesday.

Bonds are posting negative yields in several European
countries after the European Central Bank announced a trillion
euro bond-buying – or quantitative easing – programme, which
kicked in last month.

Apr 27, 2015

Healthcare firm Bupa has 200-300 million pounds for acquisitions

LONDON (Reuters) – Financing constraints mean British private healthcare group Bupa [BUPAI.UL] only has around 200-300 million pounds available for acquisition in 2015, its chief executive said on Monday.

The unlisted company made profits of 638 million pounds last year and would come in at around 50-60th position in the FTSE-100 if it were a listed company, Stuart Fletcher told Reuters in an interview.

Apr 19, 2015

Lloyd’s of London targets Islamic insurance market

SYDNEY/LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) – Lloyd’s of London
has set its sights on Islamic insurance, known as
takaful, to strengthen its push into emerging markets and is in
talks with regulators to set up shop in Malaysia.

The plans are part of the venerable London insurance
market’s strategy to expand in fast-growing regions where
insurance penetration remains low.

Mar 30, 2015

Advice gap leaves ‘pension freedom’ pitfalls for UK savers

LONDON, March 30 (Reuters) – A lack of specialist advice to
all but the well-off leaves a plethora of pitfalls lying in wait
for the millions of British pensioners looking forward to their
impending freedom to choose where to invest their retirement
savings.

The British government has introduced a series of changes to
the pensions and savings industry in recent months to give
people more control over their money, including higher
thresholds for tax-free savings and the removal of the
obligation to buy an annuity at retirement to guarantee an
income for life.

Mar 14, 2015

Pension funds seek riskier, illiquid bets to make returns they need

EDINBURGH, March 14 (Reuters) – British pension funds are
coping with low bond yields and high share prices by seeking
riskier investments, in a hunt for the returns they need to meet
their obligations to pensioners.

Collectively managing at least 2.5 trillion pounds ($3.69
trillion), pension funds are reeling from six years of
money-printing by central banks globally, which has depressed
yields so much that some bonds even cost investors money to hold
them.

Mar 13, 2015

Switches, scams, holiday plans? UK pension industry braces for ‘Freedom Day’

EDINBURGH, March 13 (Reuters) – Weeks before Britons get
free rein over how to spend their pension pots, industry players
say it is unclear how many will choose to leave the safe harbour
of an income-bearing annuity.

Some retirees are expected to ditch plans to buy those
previously obligatory annuities in favour of more flexible
pensions, while others could pay off debts or even splash out on
treats such as a luxury cruise, in a huge shake-up for the
sector.

    • About Carolyn

      "I have worked at Reuters for more than 20 years but I switched in Sept 2014 to a new beat - insurance and fund management. I write about things like insurance deals, fund trends, geopolitical risks insured by Lloyd's and I'm grappling with understanding company accounts. In my vanishingly small spare time, I hope to contribute more to Reuters entertainment file."
    • Follow Carolyn