Category: Analytics

Specialist press covers Premier and Rutherford Wilkinson’s adoption of RiskFirst’s PFaroe

Consultancy Premier and financial planner Rutherford Wilkinson have been announced as the latest to sign up to RiskFirst’s web-based reporting and risk analytics platform. Premier, a UK-wide benefits consultancy providing services to pension plan trustees, individuals and companies, will use PFaroe to drive better decision-making and help clients identify funding and investment risks. PFaroe has …

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CMSpi’s Elley Frost discusses the impact of polymer banknotes on merchants in A1 Retail

The migration to polymer banknotes – the biggest shake-up of the UK’s currency since decimalisation – is growing ever-closer. The £5 note is the first to get the plastic treatment, due to launch during the second half of 2016, with the £10 following in 2017 and the £20 by 2020. In A1 Retail, Elley Frost, …

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CMSpi on the airwaves: BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service and Share Radio interview Brendan Doyle

CMSpi’s CEO, Brendan Doyle, has been interviewed by BBC World Service, BBC Radio 5 Live and Share Radio on the topic of polymer banknotes and the huge potential impact for UK retailers. Brendan gave his views on the Bank of England’s reasoning behind the radical decision to move to polymer. He also explained how small …

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Specialist press covers RiskFirst’s latest client win, as Manulife signs up to PFaroe

Manulife Asset Management, the global asset management arm of Canada-based financial services group Manulife, has adopted RiskFirst’s risk analytics and reporting platform, PFaroe.  PFaroe’s risk analytics will complement Manulife Asset Management’s current Liability-Driven Investment (LDI) offering, enabling the asset manager to stress-test clients’ pension plans against economic and demographic assumptions and explore the impact of …

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CMSpi hits the headlines following calculation of the huge cost of the switch to polymer banknotes for UK retailers

Following the Bank of England’s recent announcement that the £20 note is to go the way of the £5 and £10 notes to also become polymer, CMSpi exposed the true cost of the polymer migration to UK businesses – a massive £240 million. Prior to CMSpi’s announcement, many retailers (despite the relatively short timescale until …

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CMSpi examines the impact of new coins and banknotes on the gaming industry in Gambling Insider

Polymer banknotes are set to have huge implications for merchants. Yet, with the switch to polymer growing ever-closer (the £5 note is due to be launched in the second half of 2016), many retailers are unaware of the massive costs and disruption they face. Indeed, CMSpi calculates that the total cost to UK businesses will …

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RiskFirst talks to The Actuary about how the US is striding forward with respect to pensions risk management

Working alongside plan sponsors, actuaries and investment consultancies on both sides of the pond, RiskFirst MD Matthew Seymour is well-placed to discuss the different approaches to pensions risk management in the US and the UK. In an exclusive interview for The Actuary, Seymour compares the two approaches and discusses the increasing trend of LDI and …

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CMSpi in Treasury Insider: significant change could be on the cards for European merchants

  Visa Inc. is reported to be in talks to buy its counterpart, Visa Europe – a move that could create a potential setback for merchants in the fight against fees. In Treasury Insider, Alistair Combes, Director of Knowledge, CMS Payments Intelligence (CMSpi) explains how profit-driven Visa Inc. could use the new interchange regulation as a …

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In Natixis’ latest FX-MM blog, Nordine Naam examines why ‘the market is in wait-and-see mode over Greece’

Despite Janet Yellen appearing cautious around disclosing any information regarding the timing of interest rate hikes given global risks – one being an eventual “Grexit”, while another a stronger dollar penalising US exports –  Nordine Naam remains confident in this week’s FX-MM blog that the Fed will raise the Funds rate in September. Providing a …

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Capita Employee Benefits selects RiskFirst’s PFaroe to enhance holistic consulting approach

Capita Employee Benefits will use RiskFirst’s web-based platform to provide its defined benefit (DB) clients with actuarial valuation, investment monitoring and risk management analytics holistically, and in real-time. Significantly, the agreement means that over a third of UK DB schemes now have an advisor using PFaroe. Following outreach by Moorgate, the news was picked up …

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