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Audit insights: financial services

View our Audit insights reports on the banking and insurance sectors.

Audit insights: investment management

More than half of people aged 21–30 have no pension or make minimum contributions. Despite this, investment managers are not successfully encouraging people to save. In this Audit insights report, external auditors and ICAEW specialist staff explore whether the investment management industry is fit for purpose and use their expert knowledge to identify what changes need to be made.

Audit insights: corporate reporting – improving annual reports of listed companies

What makes for high quality narrative reporting? Our report draws on the experience of auditors to suggest seven factors for differentiation. From using credible alternative performance measures, to explaining the reasons for high executive pay and making tax explanations understandable, these recommendations will help make reports more coherent, balanced and relevant.

Audit insights: corporate reporting (short guide)

We have produced a short guide that highlights seven important questions that financial directors, audit committee members and auditors should be asking to produce reports that communicate clearly and improve accountability.

Audit insights: insurance

Long term trends shaping insurance are examined in this report. Specifically; how will stakeholders react if better data capabilities mean more people are uninsurable, and what if non-insurers develop better data analysis? Could the growth in unadvised sales raise mis-selling risk, and how do insurers secure investment returns in a low interest rate environment?

Audit insights: banking

Our report highlights long-term business challenges that banks still face, set out as four flags. These relate to: cultural change; the potential need to rethink their business models; challenges in measures used to assess their financial strength and performance; and demands for major IT investment.

Inspiration: Program Sharing Knowledge

In 2010 the Nederlandse Beroepsorganisatie van Accountants (NBA) started Program Sharing Knowledge, designed to identify and capture information on structural risks across entire sectors by making use of auditors’ expertise. Inspired by the success of Program Sharing Knowledge, the Audit and Assurance Faculty have developed Audit Insights and our own Sector Report process to harness the expertise of auditors in the UK.