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Rising rates will boost UK company pensions insurance deals -Rothesay CEO

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Rising interest rates in Britain will make it easier for company pension schemes to afford the cost of insurance, leading to growth in the pensions insurance market, the new chief executive of insurer Rothesay said on Thursday. Rothesay and rivals such as Legal & General LGEN.L and Pension Insurance Corporation insure company defined benefit, or final salary pension schemes through so-called bulk annuities.
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Rising rates will boost UK company pensions insurance deals-Rothesay Life CEO

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Rising interest rates in Britain will make it easier for company pension schemes to afford the cost of insurance, leading to growth in the pensions insurance market, the new chief executive of Rothesay Life said on Thursday. Rothesay Life and rivals such as Legal & General LGEN.L and Pension Insurance Corporation insure company defined benefit, or final salary pension schemes through so-called bulk annuities.
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The pound, bonds and energy: the winners and losers under British PM Truss

LONDON, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Liz Truss becomes Britain's new prime minister on Tuesday, facing inflation at 40-year highs, the biggest squeeze on household living standards in decades and a looming recession. The newly elected Conservative Party leader has pledged to slash taxes to kick-start growth and is expected on Thursday to unveil her plan for the energy crisis.
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Commodity stocks lead FTSE 100 higher; ex-dividend trade caps gains

* Investors focus on hawkish central banks * AO World gains on upbeat outlook * Plus500 pulls FTSE 250 index higher * FTSE 100 up 0.4%, FTSE 250 adds 0.6% (Updates to close) By Sruthi Shankar and Devik Jain Aug 18 (Reuters) - The UK's FTSE 100 index rose on Thursday boosted by commodity shares, although gains were limited by a number of stocks trading ex-dividend and fears that rapid policy tightening by the Bank of England to tame inflation will trigger a recession.
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Ex-dividend trading weighs on FTSE 100

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * FTSE 100 down 0.1%, FTSE 250 flat Aug 18 (Reuters) - UK's FTSE 100 slipped in early deals on Thursday, as several blue-chip stocks traded ex-dividend, while midcaps held near one-week lows on fears that aggressive steps by the Bank of England to tame inflation will cause a sharp economic downturn.
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Rising interest rates boost Legal & General-CEO

* Operating profit 1.16 bln pounds (Analysts: 1.12 bln) * L&G Investment Management third-party inflows jump to 65.6 bln pounds * Assets under management down 3% to 1.29 trln pounds * Shares were down 0.5% By Carolyn Cohn LONDON, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Rising interest rates are helping Legal & General's LGEN.L business, its chief executive said on Tuesday as the British life insurer recorded an above-forecast 8% rise in first-half operating profit and said it was on track to meet or beat its financia
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The pound, gilts and renewables: the winners and losers under Britain's future PM

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The race to be the next leader of Britain's ruling-Conservative Party and the country's prime minister is into its final leg, with the September outcome likely to shape the fortunes of sterling, gilts and UK stocks in coming months. The contest between foreign minister Liz Truss and former finance minister Rishi Sunak to succeed Boris Johnson has centred on clear policy dividing lines.
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UK pensions insurance deals to rise more than 25% in 2022-adviser

LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) - Britain is likely to see around 35 billion pounds ($41.62 billion) in pensions buy-in and buy-out deals in 2022, up more than 25% from 2021, consultants Hymans Robertson said on Wednesday. Such deals involve offloading the risk of company defined benefit, or final salary, pension schemes to an insurer. Pensions' funding positions have improved following government and central bank stimulus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making such deals cheaper for some companies, ind
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No 'free lunch' in insurance reform, BoE says as politics threatens timetable

By Huw Jones and Carolyn Cohn LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) - Reform of insurance capital rules should not be a "free lunch" that puts pensioners and policyholders at risk, Bank of England Deputy Governor Sam Woods said on Friday, as the industry debates rule changes potentially delayed by political turmoil. Changing insurance rules known as Solvency II that were inherited from the European Union is seen by government as a key Brexit "dividend" for Britain's financial industry, but the pace and subst
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Bank of England sticks to insurance reform plan despite opposition

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) - Reform of insurance capital rules would free up to 90 billion pounds ($108.05 billion) of capital for investment, but it should not be a "free lunch" that puts pensioners and policyholders at risk, Bank of England Deputy Governor Sam Woods said on Friday. Changing insurance rules known as Solvency II that were inherited from the European Union is seen as a key Brexit "dividend" for Britain's financial industry, but the pace of reform has dismayed insurers.
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on July 7

July 7 - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 1.11%. * SHELL: Shell SHEL.L said it would reverse up to $4.5 billion in writedowns on oil and gas assets after it raised its energy prices outlook following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. * LEGAL & GENERAL: British insurer LGEN.L expects to deliver double-digit growth in cash and capital generation in the first half of the year and its operating performance is on track, it said.
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German bond yields slide on growth fears, spreads widen

(Updates prices, ECB rate hike outlook) By Stefano Rebaudo July 5 (Reuters) - German government bond yields tumbled on Tuesday as renewed fears about the euro zone's economic outlook fuelled expectations of slower monetary tightening, while the gap between German yields and southern European peers widened. Stock markets fell and the euro sank to a two-decade low as another surge in natural gas prices reignited worries about the economy's health.
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German bond yields plunge on concerns over economy, spreads widen

By Stefano Rebaudo July 5 (Reuters) - German government bond yields tumbled on Tuesday as renewed fears about the economic outlook across the euro zone fuelled expectations of slower monetary tightening while spreads between core and periphery widened. Risk appetite and stock markets fell, with the euro sinking to a two-decade low as another surge in natural gas prices reignited worries about the economy's health.
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Insurers need to do more to prepare for climate change, BoE says

By Carolyn Cohn and Huw Jones LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) - Insurers need to plug data gaps to be better prepared for the impact of climate change on their operations and further work may be needed on how much capital they should hold, the Bank of England (BoE) said on Wednesday. The BoE has just published the outcome of its first climate-related stress test of leading insurers and banks, concluding they would be able to cope in general.
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Bank of England tells insurers to plug climate data gaps

LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) - Insurers need to plug data gaps to be better prepared for the impact of climate change on their operations, the Bank of England said on Wednesday. The BoE has just published the outcome of its first climate-related stress test of leading insurers and banks, concluding they would be able to cope in general. "Addressing data gaps for climate analysis is a priority if insurers are to deliver effective climate risk management, and to innovate and develop products to suppor
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Britain proposes post-Brexit easing of insurer capital rules

By Huw Jones LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) - Britain launched public consultation on Thursday for a post-Brexit relaxation of capital rules for insurers, in a step the government said would increase investments in long-term infrastructure. Britain inherited rules known as Solvency II from the European Union, and reforming them is seen by the 2.2 trillion pound insurance industry and government as important for keeping the country's financial sector globally competitive.
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British Business - March 17

(Corrects date in headline and dateline) March 17 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. The Times Energy companies and traders are calling for emergency support from governments or central banks to prevent them running out of cash as Russia's invasion of Ukraine causes unprecedented volatility in commodity markets.
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 10

March 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.21%. * NATIONAL EXPRESS: National Express NEX.L swung to an annual profit on Thursday and said it was considering its options for Stagecoach SGC.L after a rival suitor outbid the bus and train operator. * DS SMITH: Cardboard maker DS Smith SMDS.L expects box volume growth for this year, which, along with price rises, could offset higher costs, the British company said on Thursday, addi
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 10

March 10 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Thursday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.4%. * RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto RIO.L RIO.AX became the first major mining company to announce it was cutting all ties with Russian businesses, joining a raft of leading Western companies in a pullout following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. * SHELL: Shell SHEL.L has issued a force majeure at its 300,000 barrel per day Scotford, Alberta, upgrader in western Canada after a unit at the facilit
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on March 9

March 9 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index .FTSE is seen opening higher on Wednesday, with futures FFIc1 up 2.05% * 888 HOLDINGS: British gambling group 888.L said its pre-tax profit for 2021 tripled from a year earlier, as its online casino services in its core European markets remained popular among gamblers. * PRUDENTIAL: Insurer Prudential PRU.L posted a rise of 16% in operating profit last year, helped by strong new insurance sales, but warned of wider implications for the global economy
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