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We have seen interest and focus on IFRS 17 by the investor and analyst community increase over the past year, with some publishing their own research and educational papers on its impact. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FSRR
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With councils facing barriers to local growth and uncertainty around Brexit, Ben Pykett explores how local authorities can build the foundations for economic success. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Public sector matters
With a number of new reports on housing released recently, PwC's Matthew Williams explores how housing associations can translate the collective will to resolve the housing crisis into action. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Public sector matters
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By Andrew Packman The 2017 tax reform reconciliation act is the most significant overhaul of the US tax code since 1986. It lowers corporate and individual rates, implements a territorial taxation system, limits the interest rate deduction for corporations, creates new taxes and adds numerous new rules. The law will... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Health Matters
By Jacqueline Windsor, Partner Behavioural science has consistently found that habits are essential to human happiness - as shoppers, a regular and frequent routine allows us to navigate the myriad of available shopping options. The retail sector has long benefited from stable consumer shopping habits, allowing retailers to predict shopping... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Industry perspectives
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As the pace of mergers and acquisitions accelerates, some insurers are in danger of being caught flat-footed. Others risk rushing in without a clear sense of how the deal would help to deliver their strategic ambitions or an actionable plan for securing the payback on investment. So, how can you deal from a position of strength? Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Deal Talk
By Sam Jones and Timothy Harrison In our last blog we discussed how the combination of increased data availability and customer expectations was driving the opportunity for increasingly personalised policies. The insurance industry has been built on data foundations with underwriting, claims and reserving all creating data and pertaining processes which are enhanced through the use of data. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The data blog
By Jon Terry, UK Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Leader With the first year of gender pay gap reporting out of the way, you might feel that the biggest challenge is behind you. Rather than being a one-off exercise, however, the key focus of the disclosures is how you are progressing... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at People agenda
This is the first in a series of short blogs by Michael Roberts that sets out some of the security challenges that banks should be aware of when they consider Open Banking. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Cyber security updates
By John Harding, Partner, Employment The latest list of National Minimum Wage (NMW) breaches was published on Friday 6th July by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It includes nearly 240 employers with total arrears of £1.44m and record fines of £1.97m. The increase in these figures... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at People agenda
By Daniel Hanson During one of last winter’s cold snaps, I experienced something of a Damascene conversion. And I think it says something about the future of mobility. So, what happened? Well, I’ve always thought I can’t work effectively from home, so I usually move heaven and earth to get... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Public sector matters
Using orchestration and automation to enhance EDR capabilities, and to reduce ‘alert fatigue’ By Paul Bottomley, Endpoint Threat Detection and Response Lead, and Wietze Beukema, Endpoint Threat Detection and Response Analyst Earlier this year, we released part 1 of our ‘Signal the ATT&CK’ article, where we presented how we are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Cyber security updates
By Yousef Ghazi-Tabatabai While managing interest rate risk in the banking book (IRRBB) is not new to banks, the rigour required by the recent Basel standards (BCBS368) has presented challenges to the industry. Though the standards are yet to be written into European regulation, most major banks are working toward... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at FSRR
By Novella De Renzo, Partner A combination of new regulations and changing public perceptions have restricted tax arrangements that had been at the heart of deal value optimisation within M&A. These shifts can be game-changing for your deal activity, not only through the potential for higher tax liabilities, but also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Tax
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By Cliona O’Beirne, PwC Research Manager As the digital revolution advances, the connected home industry has experienced a twofold increase in consumers planning to invest in smart home devices, while levels of trust in energy suppliers/installers have almost doubled since 2016. Despite this positivity in the market, why do the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at PwC Research
By John Harding, Partner, Employment The whiff of change is in the air for any business that relies on the use of a flexible workforce, whether self-employed or through a personal service company (PSC). As well as HMRC’s increased focus on National Minimum Wage (NMW) compliance, Government scrutiny and recent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at People agenda
t is always a dangerous activity to try and predict the future. And particularly so with technology changing our lives at such a fast pace. It is a necessity though for risk and compliance leaders. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at FSRR
By Novella De Renzo, Partner, PwC. A combination of new regulations and changing public perceptions have restricted tax arrangements that had been at the heart of deal value optimisation within M&A. Yet, with change, there are also opportunities. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Deal Talk
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By Jonathan House With another Spending Review next year, as well as the UK’s formal exit from the EU, the landscape for local government will continue to evolve. Local government has an essential role to play in the renewal of public services locally, looking beyond organisational boundaries to deliver on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Public sector matters
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By Andy Theedom The near future looks increasingly challenging. While the majority of all respondents to our 2018 Local State We’re In survey of local government leadership remain confident about the year ahead, over a quarter (28%) lack confidence that they will be able to make the necessary savings while... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Public sector matters
We were recently invited by one of our Banking clients to participate in a panel discussion at their annual Fintech innovation week. We shared views on emerging technologies, the impact they’ve had on operations and compliance, and how they’re helping the sector provide valuable services to customers. The main theme of our discussion was advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and how regulatory developments, and compliance costs are influencing the rapid adoption of these technologies. We’ve summarised a few of the main points in part one of this two part blog. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at The data blog
On 31 May, the PRA released one of its strongest letters to date, raising serious concerns about the sustainability of some London Market insurers’ business models amidst one of the longest soft cycles faced by the market. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at FSRR
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By Chris Scudamore The other day I was discussing today’s risk landscape with the Executive Team of a sizeable Engineering & Construction client. The conversation turned into a debate about the geographies and types of projects they’re currently avoiding, in order to minimise their risks and maximise the chances of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Industry perspectives
We spend a lot of time travelling to many countries to meet with clients on IFRS 17 and one topic keeps coming - reinsurance. We hear again and again that this has been the forgotten area of the standard, but as companies get into the detail of what the standard actually says and how this interacts with their own reinsurance arrangements, or the data required, they are starting to realise this should be a priority. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at FSRR
By Ian Looker On the 7th June PwC hosted the Higher Education Policy Institute’s Annual Conference. After we’d heard from the Minister for Universities and gained valuable insight from HEPI’s annual student survey, the afternoon discussion turned to global trends and artificial intelligence PwC’s analysis of university risk registers shows... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Public sector matters