AKG in the News

Through its role as a leading provider of independent information, both ratings and other assessment and comparative data, AKG regularly appears across trade and national publications. AKG enjoys a particularly high profile with intermediary firms and product providers and other key bodies.

A roundup of appearances is provided here for reference.

The role of guarantees post-pension freedoms

Money Marketing roundtable discussion about the role of hybrid products and unit linked guarantees in retirement income planning, involving AKG's Head of Communications, Matt Ward, and other industry experts.

Money Marketing - 27 Nov 2015

Adviser Kate v Adviser John: How important is platforms' financial health?

Terry Huddart from the lang cat takes a look at platform due diligence from an adviser perspective including the role of platform financial strength in this process and makes reference to AKG financial strength ratings.

Professional Adviser - 10 Nov 2015

'Firing Line' interview with Cirencester Friendly's chief executive, Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson, chief executive at Cirencester Friendly Society, talks to FTAdviser about his time in the courts, growth figures and the mutual's healthy B minus financial strength rating from AKG, all against a backdrop of regulatory upheaval.

FTAdviser - 08 Oct 2015

Advisers fear retrospective action over insistent client transfers

A report by AKG entitled Pension Freedoms: Clearing the hurdles to business success in the retirement income market recently revealed advisers are concerned of a reputational risk to the sector as the new environment evolves.

Pensions Age - 30 Jul 2015

Sinking feeling: Winners and losers from Osborne’s pensions revolution

Money Marketing’s Sam Brodbeck takes a look at the impact of pension freedoms on key retirement income market participants since the introduction of the changes and includes quotes from various market commentators including AKG’s Head of Communications, Matt Ward

Money Marketing - 30 Jul 2015

Mid-market advice has most potential, report says

The long-term potential for the advice sector lies in the mid-market, according to a report by Surrey-based actuarial firm AKG.

FT Adviser - 24 Jul 2015

Pension product innovation 'won't emerge until 2016'

Strategic responses to the pension changes and the launch of new retirement income solutions are unlikely to fully materialise until early 2016 as providers tackle the challenges of the changing retirement income market, according to AKG.

Financial Reporter - 15 Jul 2015

Don’t expect pension product innovation until next year: AKG

The majority of pension provider product innovation will not materialise until early 2016, as providers tackle the new challenges of a changing retirement income market, according to consultancy AKG.

FT Adviser - 15 Jul 2015

The impact of pension freedoms will emerge in 2016, says AKG

Pension product innovation won’t be evident until early 2016 as providers face the challenges of the evolving retirement income market, forecast AKG.

HRreview - 15 Jul 2015

AKG Upgrades SEI to B+ Rating

SEI's end-to-end wealth processing and wealth management solution, the SEI Wealth Platform(SM), has been promoted to B+ status by financial ratings firm AKG.

CNN Money - 30 Jun 2015

What the future holds for the new retirement landscape

We have now emerged into the brave new world of pension freedom, says Matt Ward, head of communications, AKG Actuaries & Consultants. What is different and how will things unfold in 2015/16 as the market continues to respond to the changes?

International Adviser - 02 Jun 2015

Independent Review of PPMG's Investment Management and Governance Structure

Prudential commissioned AKG to carry out an independent review of the investment and risk management approach and the associated governance structures and processes which underpin the delivery of Prudential’s With-Profits and PruFund range of funds. The review was carried out and this report, produced for a financial adviser audience, was published to detail AKG’s findings from the assessment.

Prudential (Adviser) - 31 May 2015

Assessing the financial strength and viability of platform operators

AKG has been assessing the financial strength of platform operators specifically for five years, but our underlying principles for assessing and rating financial services companies in the UK have been in place for well over 20 years. Our consistent belief is that adopting a balanced scorecard approach to the assessment of financial strength remains the most considered approach. Here we take a look at some of the key contributing factors to the generation of our balanced scorecard approach to financial strength assessment.

Connection Magazine - 10 Mar 2015

With-profits options to shrink once again

In spite of Legal and General’s announcement last month that it will add its with-profits fund to a list of those closed to new business, AKG Actuaries and Consultants argue that with-profits funds have an increasing role to play in today’s retirement product market.

FT Adviser - 09 Feb 2015

Getting to grips with identifying, addressing and managing risk in the post-Budget market

AKG's Head of Communications, Matt Ward, discusses the requirement for financial advisers, product providers and asset managers to get to grips with identifying, addressing and managing risk in the post-Budget retirement income market.

Capita Connection - 12 Jan 2015

Rip it up and start again

The pension reforms announced in the 2014 UK Budget will have far-reaching implications across the entire financial services industry. Analysis by AKG.

International Adviser - 06 Jan 2015

Aviva takes its time to crystallise FPI plans

Article on Aviva acquisition of Friends Life and implications for FPI.

International Adviser - 06 Jan 2015

Retirement income flexibility - A brave new world

Retirement income flexibility - A brave new world

Capita Connection - 01 Oct 2014

Into the unknown...

The new retirement landscape

Plansponsor - 15 Aug 2014

Partnership pensions group hits back on financial stability fears

Partnership pensions group hits back on financial stability fears

Financial Times - 14 Aug 2014

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