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FS Focus

An archive of all editions of FS Focus.

Views from the crows nest

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Internal auditors are in a prime position to help financial services firms navigate the challenging risk and regulatory environment. Pam Kaur explains how the function is adapting.

Get on the front foot pdf

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Thematic reviews have become an important regulatory tool. David Nancarrow highlights lessons from the life and pensions market.

EU policy: the 2015 battleground

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2014 was a year of institutional change in the EU – now it’s all to play for on policy. Mark Foster and Jasper Bergink look at the EU financial services agenda in 2015 and its policymakers.

rewards for good conduct

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The regulator expects general insurers to take more customer-centric approach to conduct at risk. David Morey explains the costs and benefits.

watch your back

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UK defined benefit pension plans are concerned about the possibility of a new EU-wide solvency regime via the back door. Liz Fallon examines the potential impact for UK plans.

Breaking up is hard to do

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Ring-fencing a banking business involves all the cost and disruption of demerger with added regulatory complexity. Bob Penn offers advice on preparations.

The long and the short of it

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General insurers are being challenged to manage long-term liabilities as a result of court-awarded periodic payment orders. Philippa Kelly summarises the issues.

Neutralising the threats

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The international regulatory landscape for insurers is shifting. At our recent conference Hugh Francis highlighted key items on the international insurance regulation agenda.

Pensions head to head

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The government’s pension reforms are intended to give people choice and flexibility. But will this lead to a better retirement? Pensions minister Steve Webb and Mick McAteer of the Financial Inclusion Centre thrash out the arguments

Pensions revolution

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ICAEW’s Retirement Savings Summit saw much debate on the controversial Budget pension reforms. Dawn Cowie highlights how the government and the regulator are responding to industry concerns.

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