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ABI to launch new climate change initiative

The Association of British Insurers will launch a new industry climate change initiative at its third climate change conference, to be held on September 13.

The conference will focus on how climate change is affecting weather patterns and increasing costs to insurers, in light of the recent floods which set insurers back more than £3bn.

The ABI will also launch published research identifying how insurance can help promote climate-friendly behaviour by homeowners and businesses.

Prince Charles will speak at the conference, along with ABI chairman Archie Kane, Shell UK chairman James Smith and Axa Insurance chief executive Peter Hubbard.

BBC News environment and science correspondent David Shukman will chair the event.


Old Mutual to merge funds and raise fees

Old Mutual Asset Managers is to streamline its fund range in a move that will see charges rise on some products and its managers given the ability to adopt Ucits III powers.The company is planning to convert its unit trust into Oeics in September and use the opportunity to amalgamate six funds that are either […]

Providers urged to ensure clients have realistic goals

The Association of British Insurers’ customer impact panel is urging product providers across financial services to do more to ensure that customers have realistic expectations about performance.The panel, which is headed by former Scottish Widows chief executive Mike Ross, is urging the industry to improve its customer service standards.The panel advises the ABI on the […]

F&C and Thinc announce distribution partnership

F&C Investments has signed a new distribution partnership for its lifestyle suite of funds with Thinc Group. The distribution group, with over 250,000 active clients and £2bn of funds under advice will use the F&C lifestyle range as its active managed investment solution across its expanding client base.F&C’s lifestyle funds are multi-manager portfolios which provide […]

The bid issue

UK property funds moving to a bid basis is not all that shocking. The worry is whether this creates panic among investors, forcing funds to sell assets and suspend dealing. This is not unprecedented. Henderson had a prime residential property fund in the late 1980s that was shut for some seven years, with investors only […]


Guide: day-to-day tasks ​— can your system manage?

This guide from Johnson Fleming will take you through the required communication and also give ideas for additional actions that will ensure your auto-enrolment project is a success. As well as highlighting what is required from a system to ensure it is up to the tasks, an overview of the following is also provided: data validation; data categorisation; employee communication; opt-in process; opt-out process; produce contribution schedule; contribution reconciliation process; upload of member data to pension provider; upload contribution to pension provider; manage salary sacrifice process; enrolment process; re-enrolment process; and management of increased employee queries.


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