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FWD Updates – Monday 19th July 2021

Global Markets Update – Monday 19 July 2021

Global bonds rallied while stocks retreated as slowing growth in China and the rapid spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus fueled fears about the health of the global economy.

Retreating stocks and growing inflation

UK

The FTSE 100 lost 1.6% over the week. Shares were pressured by a continued sharp growth in the COVID-19 infection rate which undermined hopes of economic recovery with thousands of people told to self-isolate after being pinged by the NHS Covid app. England is due to lift all remaining restrictions on Monday 19 July, with the responsibility for measures such as masks and social distancing shifting to individuals and companies.

UK inflation, as measured by the consumer prices index, rose 2.5% in the 12 months to June. This is above the official target and puts pressure on the Bank of England to reduce its debt purchases, with two policymakers already backing such a move and one MPC member hinting that interest rates may have to rise earlier than expected.

The Bank of England removed restrictions on bank dividends and share buybacks imposed during the pandemic, judging the sector to be resilient enough to absorb any further pandemic-related shocks.

Revolut, the London-based digital banking start-up, raised $800m in a funding round that makes it the UK’s most valuable private tech company at $33bn. [READ MORE…]

What some of our clients have to say about us

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“FWD has been instrumental in supporting Oak’s continued business expansion which has necessitated a global PR approach, ensuring we achieve the most relevant exposure for our needs. We’ve seen an uptick in media coverage and digital engagement, along with a steady upward trend in our PR KPIs. Not only does the FWD team add value to our internal operations, they work as a seamless extension to Oak’s in-house team, building strong relationships to ensure an unmatched service experience.
We’re pleased to be working with the forward-thinking team at FWD. Their sector-specific knowledge and commitment to delivering timely results has been refreshing.”

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“FWD Research have provided BIBA with a comprehensive and reliable research service over a number of years. We have successfully used their findings to understand market developments, our members and importantly, used research to promote brokers and support our lobbying campaigns”.

Chief Executive Officer, BIBA

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“FWD have a deep understanding of the UK General Insurance market and have consistently delivered actionable insights against challenging briefs. Their deep understanding and broad network within the UK broker marketplace makes them an invaluable research partner. I would not hesitate to recommend them.”
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Strategy Manager, RSA.

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“We have retained many of the major global PR agencies in the past. However, FWD was the only PR firm which really understood us. They just got what we stood for and what we wanted to achieve.”

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Latest Press Release – Monday 13th September 2021

CHESNARA ENHANCES SCALE IN THE UK WITH THE ACQUISITION OF SANLAM LIFE & PENSIONS UK LIMITED

Chesnara PLC
(“Chesnara” or the “Company”)
13 September 2021

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TRANSACTION HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Chesnara has entered into an agreement with Sanlam UK Limited to acquire Sanlam Life & Pensions UK Limited (SLP), a specialist provider of insurance and long-term savings products in the UK.
  • Enhances the scale of its operations in the UK by adding £2.9bn of assets under administration and c.80,000 policies.
  • Cash consideration of £39.0m funded from Chesnara’s existing debt facility.
  • £48.1m estimated SLP Economic Value (“EcV”)1 on a Chesnara defined basis.
  • Material further commercial value upside potential supporting Chesnara’s progressive dividend strategy.
  • Completion is expected to occur in early 2022, conditional upon customary regulatory approvals. [READ MORE…]
  • “Sage advice, great ideas and an extraordinary level of (positive) media coverage. You couldn’t ask for more from an agency that has become an integral part of our content [...]
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