New Coalition allows drift in life and pensions sector

May 17, 2010 Tom Murray

Steve Webb IHT Pensions Retail Distribution Review FSA

The announcement of the new David Cameron’s new Liberal-Conservative cabinet has given signals that the ‘new politics’ will not result in any new thinking on policy for the Life and Pensions sector, at least in the short term. The two key appointments were at the ministerial level; Steve Webb as the pensions minister and Mark Hoban as the Treasury minister.
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Victory in Europe brings its own costs

May 11, 2010 Tom Murray

Pensions UK Life and Pensions Life Ageing population

While the eyes of the world focused on the market reaction to the stalemate in the UK election and the ongoing travails of the euro, the tanks rolling through Red Square in Moscow on Sunday to celebrate 65 years since VE day were a reminder that there are bigger issues rumbling out there that are being studiously ignored.
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L&P industry under attack from all sides

May 06, 2010 Tom Murray

Goldman Sachs IHT Pensions UK Life and Pensions

Goldman Sachs plays into the hands of the regulation mob
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Market optimism high in Canada

April 28, 2010 Tom Murray

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It is too easy to become depressed when reading current market news dominated by the legalities of Goldman Sachs operation and the convulsions in the euro-zone caused by the Trojan Horse that is the Greek economy, but when one looks beyond that there are some western economies that are showing that all is not lost for the next few years in the West.
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Will fifth pillar be good news for Australia?

April 22, 2010 Tom Murray

NAB Life and Pensions National Australia Bank Australia regulation

When I heard that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have blocked National Australia Bank’s bid for the purchase of the AXA Asia Pacific and has instead given the go-ahead to the rival bid from AMP my first reaction was that regulatory interference in the market has got to be good for the consumer. But on reflection, I think this is a good example of how government bodies can occasionally get things badly wrong by trying too hard to get it right.
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Can you respond if your market erupts?

April 21, 2010 Tom Murray

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As I watched the new reports of the disruption caused by the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull over the weekend, it struck me that there were lessons here for all businesses, not just the airline industry. The sudden and massive disruption to the airlines by forces outside man’s control, showed how powerless the companies were in the face of sudden change. All their contingency plans for terrorist strikes, industrial action, and fuel shortages were unable to cope with the one problem they had not considered; the complete shutdown of the airspace through which their planes have to fly.
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Retail Distribution Review - The return of “The man from the Pru”?

February 03, 2010 Tom Murray

Illustrations Illustrate Plus White Papers Invest Plus Annuity

The results of the FSA‟s Retail Distribution Review (RDR) are now finalised. The main recommendations of the consultation paper have been left intact and it is clear that life and pension providers are going to have to make significant changes in order to implement it.
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5 Ways Exaxe is Helping IT Managers facing Budget Cuts

April 17, 2009 Tom Murray

Illustrations Illustrate Plus New Products Life and Pensions technology

The economic downturn has resulted in IT budgets being slashed and many key projects being delayed, postponed, or even scrapped. As a consequence how organisations are buying and implementing IT has changed - making Exaxe's solutions even more advantageous in the following ways:
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Norwich Union Implements Next Generation Illustrations Technology

February 13, 2009 Tom Murray

Illustrations Illustrate Plus Invest Plus Admin Plus Life and Pensions

Illustrate Plus to support new business illustrations in European Expansion
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The 5 Secrets of Success at MGM Advantage

November 21, 2008 Tom Murray

Invest Plus MGM Advantage Annuity Life and Pensions technology

Exaxe's Income Plus solution enabled MGM Advantage to launch a sophisticated new annuity product in just 16-week on a new platform. Most interestingly, this was achieved without a major overhaul of IT infrastructure. The 5 secrets to success were:
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