Latest Intelligence on Life and Pensions in North America

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BP: oil spill is potential disaster for UK pension funds

Despite a healthy balance sheet, BP is being urged to cut dividend payments and create a ring-fenced fund for damages claims. As BP considers whether to suspend payments, UK pension funds will be calculating the impact. However, the effects of a suspension would not only affect pension funds, but also have severe repercussions for regular retail investors.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jun 2010
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CommentWire

FS: consumer confidence remains low despite signs of recovery

While there is a general belief that the economic recovery is at hand, policy uncertainty and fears of a 'double dip' recession mean that consumer anxieties remain. Indeed, recent figures show that consumer confidence in the US has fallen to its lowest level in 10 months. Financial services providers must engage with consumers and field products which offer security if they are to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Feb 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Challenging market leads US life insurers to trim IT budgets

In the second half of 2008, US life insurers began reporting large losses, causing non-essential IT projects to be cancelled as budgets were cut. During this downturn in spending, vendors need to align their offerings and message with the needs of their clients, which are increasingly focusing on reducing costs, and improving risk management and compliance abilities.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2009
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Expert View

Why US insurance agents support state regulations

The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America is asking the new president to keep the state-based regulatory structure intact, stating that it is the best way to protect the consumer. Datamonitor believes this argument to be tenuous, as it serves agents and brokers rather than insurers and consumers, and advises President Obama to treat the proposal with a healthy level of skepticism.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

JP Morgan Chase: relief for banks

The surge in profits announced by both JP Morgan [JPM] and Merrill Lynch [MER] are a welcome, if not unexpected, relief to the investment banking sector. The move into retail banking by several large investment banks, including Bank of America [BAC] and JP Morgan, will generate a more balanced mix of business that will serve to soften the blow of any future downturns in the investment sector.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jan 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Merrill Lynch: more open architecture solutions

Merrill Lynch has lined up a series of 28 big name and boutique fund managers for its new Merrill Lynch Global Selects offering aimed at non-US investors. The move reaffirms Merrill's commitment to the increasingly important open architecture approach, but strong investment performance will still depend on a turnaround in market conditions.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Apr 2003
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CommentWire

US Treasury: looking into hedge funds

US authorities are planning to extend their investigation of financial products to include hedge funds. Unsurprisingly, hedge fund managers are strongly opposed to the proposal, and clients may be put off too. The US will have to be very careful if it wants to avoid problems similar to those caused by offshore banking facilities.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Feb 2003
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CommentWire

US investment banking: out of the frying pan into the fire

Wall Street banks have settled Eliot Spitzer's conflicts of interest investigations at cost of $1.4 billion - but this may be just the start of their problems. Details of their activities are to be released in records next month and are likely to leave the banks wide open to class action lawsuits. The damage both to their finances and their reputations may take years to heal.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Dec 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

SEC: a new head with an onerous legacy

The resignation of the outgoing former SEC chief, Harvey Pitt last month signaled the beginning of a new era but the appointment of William Donaldson has raised some eyebrows - his previous role was co-founder of DLJ, one of Wall Street's most notorious legacy cases. However, his time away from Wall Street should act to allay any fears of impropriety or vested interest.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
16 Dec 2002
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CommentWire

US baby boomers: chasing the golden years

According to AARP's survey, many of America's baby boomers feel they are lagging behind financially. Such worrying sentiments are likely to drive changing patterns of consumption: makers of consumer packaged goods must now focus not only on offering high quality products, but also at lower prices and more readily at discount channels.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Dec 2002

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