How treasurers have helped insurance and asset management businesses restructure

I was asked recently by PwC to present to an audience of insurers and asset managers on Brexit. To prepare for the talk I reached out across my network and am grateful for comments from RSA, Shroders, Aberdeen Standard, Chubb and Aspen amongst others. Below are key messages. What has the market been working on? There seems to be an acceptance that existing passporting rights for financial services firms will cease once the UK leaves the EU (with or without a deal). As a result, firms have been setting up companies within the EU27 to enable them to continue to

The Impact of Brexit: A Treasurer’s Perspective

The latest in the ACT’s Brexit series was our breakfast briefing, hosted by the Falcon Group on 4 April, which looked at the key issues facing treasurers at this time of great uncertainty. With the situation ever-changing and a no-deal Brexit too likely for comfort, which was highlighted by the keynote speaker, Sanjay Raja, although the threat of this has somewhat dissipated through the passing of the Cooper-Letwin amendment requiring the Government to avoid a no-deal by forcing a long extension to be sought. Raja, UK Economist at Deutsche Bank, opened with the appropriately titled presentation ‘A Long Goodbye’, highlighting

Addressing the UK’s impending exit from the EU

With the 29 March deadline fast approaching, here’s an update of Brexit activities the Policy & Technical team have been involved in. The Q&As undertaken with the CBI and with support from the FCA and other key organisations (such as ICMA) have been updated to reflect the latest position on key issues such as contract continuity, SEPA access and the rules for financial institutions that do not apply to join the UK’s Temporary Permissions Regime. Our ongoing Brexit readiness poll remains open and we request members to continue to update it with their latest position. Over the last few weeks

ACT Annual Conference 2018 Day 1

We’ve all been to those conferences where the sessions stretch out before us like a Roman road disappearing over the far-away hills into the distance.   Even the breaks to be fed and watered look like uphill drudgery. Come on, you know you have. Not today though. Oh no. Today might be the first time I have felt like I sprinted through the day filling every minute with great speakers, even greater content, insight, analysis and sheer love for the job! Starting with the brand new video about the ACT (I’ll miss the old music!) and an opening tour de force from

Well worth venturing out in the snow for

Under the title ‘Brexit – the final countdown’ and with just over one year left until ‘Brexit date’ on 29 March 2019, the ACT breakfast briefing on 1 March centred around the key question: what will Brexit mean for corporate treasurers? Well worth venturing out in the snow for This was the succinct description of the event by one of the delegates. And despite what were probably the most adverse weather conditions in which the ACT has ever run an event in London, the very respectable delegate turnout proved once again our membership’s high interest in Brexit implications on corporate

Pension Deficits – Do these still keep treasurers awake at night?

This month’s PPF 7800 index (1) revealed an aggregate deficit of £180bn for the defined benefit (DB) pension schemes within its sphere, at 31 July 2017. Although this is a significant level, it compares favourably with the deficit position at July 2016 (2), when the level was £333bn. Funding comparisons July 2016 June 2017 July 2017 Aggregate balance -£333.5bn -£186.2bn -£180.1bn Funding ratio 81.4% 89.1% 89.4% Aggregate assets £1,458.4bn £1,514.6bn £1,524.7bn Aggregate liabilities £1,791.8bn £1,700.8bn £1,704.8bn Data set / assumptions Purple 16 – A7 Purple 16 – A8 Purple 16 – A8 PPF7800 Index August 2017 The improvement in the

#ACTAC17 post event – over to you!

A year on from Brexit, the Trump Presidency coming out of its first 100 days and a general election in the UK… the pace of global events and market uncertainty were discussed and debated throughout this year’s ACT Annual Conference, 16-17 May in Manchester. The theme of this year’s event, opportunity from uncertainty, was designed to deliver expert knowledge and practical tools for treasury teams to take back to the office and add further value to their organisations. With over 1,000 attendees, 100 speakers and a new two-day format, feedback has been excellent. Highlights included: charismatic keynotes from Lord Michael

Career advice in tumultuous times

As if you needed reminding, there have been some momentous socio-political events from all corners of the globe in the last 12 months; Brexit and the subsequent reaction from the EU, the election of President Trump and the rise of the populist-Right on the continent continue to mould the zeitgeist. Gauging the impact of these events on the world of business and finance is, to say the least, tricky. Some corporates might be able to cite hard facts of the impact from these geopolitical events. Others perhaps remain tight-lipped and refrain from drawing conclusions until more time has passed and