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By Dhrupti Shah, Kerry Moorby, Philip Smith and Paul Woods For a long time companies and trustees have been challenged with ensuring their members get quality advice at the point of retirement and beyond. It is interesting to see this being discussed and new solutions being developed which will help... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pensions
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By Dragos Mircea and David Leonard. If left unchecked, rising antimicrobial resistance may bring us back to the pre-antibiotics era. In this two part series we will share our views on the challenge ahead. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Health Perspectives
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With current market volatility and high-profile recent fund suspensions and wind-downs, the question of fair value is more pertinent than ever for those managers with illiquid and unquoted securities within their funds. Hear more from Katrina Hallpike, Valuations Director. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Deal Talk
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The use of cheaper labour has throughout time allowed for companies to gain a competitive advantage, but often at the expense of the rights granted to those workers. Tackling the challenge of “social dumping” has long been an issue for the EU. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tax
By Sian Herbert A financial services organisation generates financial crime risk (‘inherent risk’) through its business activities: by being in business it is exposed to the risk of being used in the furtherance of financial crime either through its clients’ activities (e.g. money laundering, fraud) or through its own and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FSRR
By Grant Lee and Ann-Marie Stone In less than a month’s time, on 9 December 2019, the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SM&CR) comes into effect for all remaining financial services firms. This completes the process following the banks and insurers which are already in the regime. How ready are... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at FSRR
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After an uncertain year for the business landscape, this year’s Annual Law Firms’ Survey has a very relevant theme, ‘Adapting to a new world’. Every year the PwC survey gives an insightful snapshot of the state of the UK’s legal sector and the latest publication offers a relatively bright picture... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at PwC Research
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Within cyber security, we are constantly looking across industries to find novel ways to solve important problems. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cyber security updates
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While there have been a few SONIA-based loan deals in recent months and SONIA bond issuance continues to increase, the debt market switch is yet to fully get going. Are you in the best position to respond when the floodgates open? Will you end up being a winner or a loser? Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Deal Talk
By Sian Herbert Having a robust financial crime risk appetite statement together with its associated financial crime risk assessment is fundamental to an organisation properly understanding, managing and mitigating its financial crime risks - and therefore limiting the opportunities for criminals to access and use the financial services industry for... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FSRR
By Jonathan Howe Trans Awareness Week is an opportunity to learn about gender identity and to help promote understanding and support for the trans, non-binary and gender fluid communities in the workplace. Below we hear from Sev and his parents, including PwC Partner, Jonathan Howe. Sev Coming out hasn’t elevated... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at People agenda
By Lucas Penfold, Catherine Crouch and Vasco Vicini The new product governance regime introduced under MiFID II has been a hot topic for asset managers in recent years. With the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) now kicking off supervisory work on this - and given the links it has with wider... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at FSRR
By Arthur Marquis and Lucas Penfold 30 million. That’s the number of transaction reports the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) processed on an average working day in 2018, following the introduction of MiFID II. The FCA has invested heavily in its capacity to process and make sense of this volume of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at FSRR
A blog about how law firms can look to the future despite what's going on in the current economic climate. Despite a very turbulent year, it is promising to see a positive within the performance of the UK legal sector. Firms showed much resilience and still reported revenue and profit growth. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at Industry perspectives
With many insurers well progressed with their technical IFRS 17 accounting decisions and entering detailed design phases, attention is now being focused on how they will be viewed and judged externally once IFRS 17 goes live. Our first report on key performance indicators (KPIs) ‘New Measures, New Perspective’ analysed the current suite of KPIs insurers report to the market and assessed how these metrics were likely to be affected by IFRS 17. In our latest report, we explore the challenges and options insurers have when calculating Adjusted Operating Profit (AOP) under IFRS 17. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at FSRR
By Chris Murray and Harriet Newlyn As highlighted in our recent New world. New skills report, we all know that the world of work is changing: radically and quickly. New technologies, organisational structures, and changes to how people work are all dramatically reshaping the mandate for HR. So much so,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at People agenda
By Eleni Thrasyvoulou, Natasha Mawdsley and Akyeamaa Akyeampong An increasing number of consumers want to know what impact their fashion purchases are having on the planet. By applying new methodologies, companies can meet that demand. The days when fashion brands could overlook their impact on the planet are passing; today’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Sustainability and climate change
By Sarah Isted and Simon Chard On 9 July we gave evidence to the Treasury Select Committee (TSC) on its review of IT failures and the broader operational resilience challenges within financial services. We wrote about the experience here. The TSC published its final report on 28 October with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at FSRR
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In this blog, Richard Collinson discusses fines under the GDPR, and how to calculate them. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Data protection and privacy insights
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Credentials can be issued, carried and shared globally, using blockchain. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Data Blog
An uncertain economic outlook is encouraging hoteliers to embrace new technologies to attract and retain guests. But this means an increase in cyber risk. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Industry perspectives
You’ve thought about repapering, market liquidity, exposure monitoring…But how about your clients? By now, most asset managers are beginning to embark on the LIBOR transition journey and wonder whether they will be ready to pull the plug at the end of 2021. As they ramp up progress though, they mustn’t forget to place client outcomes at the centre of their thinking. Conduct risk now features high on the regulatory agenda, and relevant investor protection obligations under MiFID II are likely to play an important role in helping to manage such risk. In this blog, we consider some of the key aspects of the MiFID II framework that firms should carefully consider in the context of their LIBOR transition programmes. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at FSRR
While blockchain has typically been associated with cryptocurrencies and other financial services, the technology is now being developed for use by other industries with capital assets. The defence sector is no exception. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Industry perspectives
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By Daniel Windaus. Working capital often finds itself side-lined in the scramble to boost earnings. But if optimising working capital can significantly lift return on invested capital, can you afford to ignore it? Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at Deal Talk
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Companies exploiting patented technology in the UK have been able to benefit from significant tax savings since the introduction of the patent box in 2013, but are some companies missing out? Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Tax