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Governance

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Administrator, you shall go to the ball!

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Pensions administration is often described as the “Cinderella service”. While the ugly sisters go the ball in all their gaudy finery, Cinderella is left behind to clean the house and nibble on a few crusts. We make the comparison in jest, but behind the kindly humour there is a great deal of truth.

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Is the buyout market capacity crunch here?

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Insurers have the capital and appetite to write a vast amount of bulk annuity business each year and, to date, a lack of insurer capacity has never been an issue for pension schemes looking to purchase a bulk annuity.

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And you thought equal pay was the issue?

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Karen Partridge discusses how important it is to change how and when the pensions industry engages with women

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Pensions dashboards – Lots of cooks but how do we avoid spoiling the Rice, Rice, Baby?

Monday, January 31, 2022

Our appetite for pensions dashboards has been well and truly whetted. Now they’re just around the corner, it’s worth considering the sheer number of ingredients needed to ensure they’re a resounding success. 

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‘Parents, schools, government; where does the responsibility lie when it comes to educating children about pensions?’

Monday, November 1, 2021

With the State Pension Age (SPA) and Minimum Pension Age (MPA) both set to rise respectively, and according to the Actuarial Post, two thirds of adults are unsure whether they will have enough money to retire, there has never been a greater emphasis on the need to begin to save from a young age.

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Member engagement – the next generation

Thursday, September 2, 2021

It's essential for members to be engaged with their pension fund if they're to make informed, active decisions and value the benefit they're receiving. The tricky bit is how to obtain that engagement. At CEM we believe that appropriate engagement channels and timing are key to maximising member engagement. 

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Standing out in the crowd

Friday, August 27, 2021

The bulk annuity market is buoyant, but you might not realise it looking at recently published numbers on transaction volumes. The first quarter of 2021 was relatively quiet but since then the number of schemes approaching the insurance market has been very high. 

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Shifting the Balance

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

As we navigate our way out of the Covid-19 restrictions July 19 was hailed as Freedom Day. But, how free are we? We are surrounded by ‘freedoms’, but when is freedom really freedom?

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Cost vs Performance

Thursday, July 15, 2021

One of the most interesting things about having lots of data is the unexpected things you discover when you start playing with it. 

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The Road Ahead is Under Construction

Thursday, July 15, 2021

We are all waiting for the expected regulations on transfers, bringing in the curbs to the statutory right to transfer.  PSIG has battled long and hard for legislation to help trustees do the right thing by members tempted by dodgy offers, so we are fully supportive of the DWP regulations to come, and indeed, have helped form them. 

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Member engagement: Four simple tips for going beyond the tick-box approach

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Pension scheme members have multiple choices to make along their retirement savings journey. Whether it’s how much to save, when to retire or how to take benefits, engaging members is key to helping them make informed choices and maximise their outcomes.

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Will there be changes to bulk annuity affordability in 2021?

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

This is a complex question. The answer will come down to the combined effect of how a pension scheme’s asset portfolio performs and how insurer pricing moves...

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How can fiduciary management help pension schemes?

Friday, November 13, 2020

Time is precious, and time is money.

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ESG forever

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

First coined around a decade ago as an abbreviation for ‘Environmental, Social and Governance’, ESG only really entered common currency this year; yet confusion abounds as to what it’s all about.  

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Digital Pensions – What Future for DB?

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Digital advancements over recent years meant, fortunately, pensions administration (like the whole of the pensions industry) was able to carry on successfully, in the main, during lockdown. However, the same cannot be said for pension scheme members themselves, particularly those of DB schemes, and that needs to change.

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#NotAnotherTemplate

Thursday, September 10, 2020

There’s a growing demand for pension funds to justify their costs. The costs that are hardest to pin down relate to investments in private markets – and private equity in particular. They are also often the most material.

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Is Fast Track the Right Track for buy-out?

Friday, August 28, 2020

The new funding regime is likely to make buy-out more attainable, but schemes need to be alert to avoid unintended consequences

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Change

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

As Keane sang “Everybody’s changing and I don’t feel the same”. 
Change is all around us, affecting everything. Our daily lives are unrecognisable from six months ago. We’ve been in lockdown and everyone is coping with change in every aspect of their lives. The way we communicate has never been more important.

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Welcome news from the regulators

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

On 18 June, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) issued guidance on a regime that now allows defined benefit schemes to proceed to consider and ultimately transact with a commercial consolidator or “superfund”. 

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When good comms go bad

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Leanne Taylor, AHC, discusses why it is important to consider the impact of campaign communications, as things can take a very different turn if not thought through...

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D for Digital

Monday, May 11, 2020

 It’s difficult not to pick up a document which doesn’t refer to Covid-19, but one of the things it’s served to highlight is the next letter in the alphabet – D for Digital. 

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The cost of everything, the value of nothing

Monday, May 4, 2020

John Simmonds looks at the current benchmarking trend and explains there is a difference between benchmarking and good benchmarking.

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The Budget 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Claire Carey comments on the change in the taxation of pensions in todays budget.

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Pension Schemes Bill 2020 - What do we want?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

PSIG await the new Pension Scheme Bill 2020 hoping for stronger legislation against scams, and more power for Trustees. Margaret Snowdon explains why it is important to give Trustees more influence over transfer options.

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To ESG or not to ESG, that is the question…

Monday, December 16, 2019

Following the DWPs new regulations on ESG matters, Melanie Cusack looks at ways trustees should address the issues.

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What can we learn from the mistakes of others

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

AHC’s Roger Hattam looks to his experiences and explores what the pensions industry can learn from the mistakes and successes in other industries.

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Dashboards - the lighthouse in a fog of fake news?

Monday, November 11, 2019

Kim Gubler explores the lead up and anticipation for the pensions dashboard, and how schemes should be preparing to ensure that members are met with a product they have confidence in.

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Investment pathways and independent governance

Monday, November 11, 2019

With the increase in the use of drawdown options, the FCA has recently proposed governance remedies for issues centred on consumers who opt for drawdown without taking advice. These proposals are part of a wider drive for improved governance of workplace pensions and transparency for savers. So how did we arrive at this juncture, and what do providers need to do?

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Investment governance is getting tougher

Monday, September 16, 2019

Trustees should start preparing for the new requirements in relation to fiduciary management (FM) and investment consultancy (IC) services they receive.

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Combating pension scams – It’ll take a village

Thursday, August 15, 2019

It’s not our fault that scammers continue to find opportunity to prey on vulnerable pension scheme members, but we’re the only ones with a hope of spotting the rogues, because members certainly can’t. For the sake of members and ourselves, trustees and providers must do all they can to stop dodgy transfers.  

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Why is communication important?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

In this interview with Roger Hattam, CEO of AHC, he explains why he feels tailored communications in a complex industry is vital.

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Five top tips to guide a smooth transfer

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Following the launch of the new DB Transfer Guide, released on the 8th July 2019, PASA thought it would be helpful to cover five key elements which contribute to a positive member experience and outcome, focused unashamedly on the member perspective.

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Learning with the World’s Top Funds – smarter, fairer, simpler

Monday, July 8, 2019

John Simmonds poses the question ‘where should we go in the world to find examples of really great pension funds?’ And his answer - Canada, Australia and Holland. There are unique characteristics in each that are worth reflecting on.

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Tax and pensions – communicating system efficiency

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Karen Partridge draws upon recent experiences to understand how communications can be presented to pension members in a straightforward, user friendly way.

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Web adoption in pension communications: separating fact from fiction

Monday, May 20, 2019

When considering online pension communications, there is a tendency for trustees and sponsors to make assumptions about the preferences of different membership demographics. However, recent research proves that many common assumptions about certain age groups or industries aren’t entirely accurate.

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The 2019 annual funding statement: Five expectations, two to expect and three to be expected...

Thursday, April 25, 2019

This article takes a look at what The Pensions Regulator expects of trustees and how the funding statement is relevant to all DB pension scheme employers.

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Getting ready for GMP equalisation

Friday, April 5, 2019

As schemes head towards completion of their GMP reconciliation, thoughts turn to the rectification process.

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GMP Equalisation – Tempest in a teapot?

Friday, March 15, 2019

For those of you who have been living a pensions hermit’s existence these last 6 months (or just getting on with life) here is a brief recap on the Guaranteed Minimum Pensions (GMP) equalisation saga to date.

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Does administration service consolidation really make things more efficient?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

When it comes to administration, efficiencies from consolidation are extremely difficult to achieve. Toby Clark discusses the reality of where and how efficiency gains can be made.

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Pension administration – the courage to ask for more

Friday, January 11, 2019

Working in UK pension administration is a bit like being stuck in a traffic jam. Everyone seems to be struggling to make progress, but one lane always seems to be moving faster...

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Don’t burn out on data, the real mileage is in comparison

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Richard Butcher explains why the the Cost Transparency Initiative is important but could be lost in translation without a comparative.

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Consolidation – the future for defined benefit schemes?

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

With more DB schemes approaching maturity, and their sponsoring employers seeking to secure members’ benefits or to transfer risk, the DWP has published its latest consultation, setting out proposals for a new legislative framework for authorising and regulating defined benefit (DB) “superfund” consolidation vehicles

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What should be on the agenda for Pension Managers and Trustees into 2019

Friday, December 7, 2018

PASAs Chris Tagg identifies the key issues facing trustees and pension fund managers now and in near future?

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Creating a savings habit

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Francis Goss looks at how we develop habitual behaviours and discusses how the industry can learn from this and help create a savings culture.

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I want someone to help me

Friday, October 12, 2018

Peter Nicholas explains how important it is to receive quality guidance and assistant at the right time.

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Cruising to good data

Friday, August 31, 2018

High quality data is a very, if not the most, important input to provision of a successful administration service. Geraldine Brassett identifies the key factors when is comes to providing quality service.

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Climate Change – can actuaries actually save the world?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Chris Mason tackles the climate change topic and debates if the industry can do more to help.

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Time to talk

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Kim Gubler introduces the new Trustee Administration Governance Checklist which is designed to help trustees when it comes to evidencing engagement with administrators.

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Old and new worlds meet

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Active membership of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes has fallen by just over one million in the past seven years, with most predictions forecasting that the remaining 12% of still-active private sector DB schemes will close before the end of the next seven. While the pace of closures appears to be slowing, the outcome remains inevitable.

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Emerging trade war?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The President’s announcement to impose tariffs on $60 billion of Chinese imports has reignited these fears

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The deadline has passed

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Are trustees compliant?

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Clearer, quicker, tougher

Monday, May 21, 2018

Clearer, quicker, tougher - why TPR's new mantra matters to you  

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Is your member communication fit for purpose?

Friday, May 18, 2018

PTL's Keith Lewis encourages providers and trustees to consider whether they can improve their communications to members. 

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Admin value for money – how do you judge?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Kim Gubler discusses the term 'value for money' and suggests guidance for Trustees to make sure they are getting it.

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GDPR: are you ready for new data regulations?

Friday, May 11, 2018

What are the biggest issues you need to be aware of – and how should you tackle them? 

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Changing administrators? Here are 5 top tips for a smooth transition

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Changing your pension administrator is a big deal. Let’s face it, most trustees are at least a little resistant to change given the complexity and perceived risk involved. Even with meticulous planning and research, plenty of headaches await should you fail to get it right. 

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What does bowel cancer screening have to do with my pension?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

It’s all a matter of communication.

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Retirement planning: challenges for pension providers and retirees alike

Friday, April 13, 2018

Today, pension providers like insurers and pension funds, face multiple challenges regarding pensions communication.

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PPF Levy – Do you know the score?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ahead of the PPF levy deadline Robert Palmer explains how checking your data is correct could save more than just money.

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“You’re fired”

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Alan Sugar has it easy. 

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We’re on a road to nowhere

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Are pension members given too much information or not enough?

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No news is good news

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Business as usual for pensions post-Budget

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The Pensions Dashboard

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Pensions Dashboard is a government backed initiative which was first announced in the 2016 Budget.

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PLSA launches assessment tool with KPMG

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has launched the 'Trustee Effectiveness Service' to help trustee boards review governance.

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Now: Pensions to top up non-taxpayers' pension pots

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Now: Pensions has announced that for the 2016/2017 tax year, it will again make up the income tax relief shortfall for members of its scheme who are not tax payers.

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PLSA paper published on good governance

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has published a discussion paper setting out its definition of good pension fund governance.

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DWP announces new timetable

Friday, July 21, 2017

The government has published its review into the state pension age, proposing a new timetable for the rise to 68.

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Trafalgar House calls for scheme literature update

Friday, July 7, 2017

Pensions administration specialist Trafalgar House has called for clearer guidance to update scheme literature it says is 'woefully out of date'.

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New pensions minister after cabinet reshuffle

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Pensions minister Richard Harrington is moving to a new position in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as part of the post-election cabinet reshuffle.

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PLSA appoints new DB policy lead

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has appointment Caroline Escott as Defined Benefit and Investment Policy Lead.

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Pensions Europe launches two reports at annual conference

Friday, June 9, 2017

Two reports for pension schemes launched this week at the annual Pensions Europe conference in Brussels.

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PLSA says 'affordability challenges' more significant, in response to DB Green Paper

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has published its response to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Green Paper on Defined Benefit (DB) schemes

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ABI to move Pensions Dashboard to next phase

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is taking the Pensions Dashboard project to the next phase, after successfully developing a prototype on behalf of HM Treasury.

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Joanne Segars to leave the PLSA

Friday, April 28, 2017

The chief executive of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), Joanne Segars, has announced she is leaving after 12 years to pursue a portfolio career.

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Pensions questions after snap general election announcement

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pensions experts are speculating about the future, after the Prime Minister called for a general election in June this year, two years earlier than scheduled.

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PLSA launches best practice guide for Government pension schemes

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has launched a guide for employers participating in a Local Government Pension Scheme.

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Qrops crackdown in spring Budget

Friday, March 10, 2017

A crackdown on moving a UK pension offshore, and cuts to the money purchase annual allowance, were the big-ticket items for the pensions industry in the 2017 spring Budget, announced earlier this week.

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PLSA launches diversity initiative

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has launched a campaign to improve diversity on trustee boards.

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Government should postpone MPAA changes, says Fidelity

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fidelity International has urged the Government to consider four key questions, ahead of a proposed cut to amount of money people can pay into their pensions.

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Pensions minister to speak at Trustee event

Friday, February 3, 2017

The pensions minister will be the next speaker at an Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) member event.

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Report shows gap in financial knowledge

Friday, February 3, 2017

A gap in financial knowledge could impact the retirement savings of a huge number of people, according to a new report from MetLife UK.

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Holistic approach to pensions needed, says PTL

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The government has been urged to take a more holistic approach to pensions, by independent trustee and governance provider, Pitmans Trustees (PTL).

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'No increase to state pension age' says PLSA

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has responded to the Independent Review of the State Pension Age by calling for no further increase to the age people receive their state pension.

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DB scheme operating costs up 37%

Thursday, December 8, 2016

New findings from the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) show the cost of operating a Defined Benefit (DB) scheme is up by 37% year on year.

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Brexit - the story continues

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

When will Brexit negotiations commence, how long will they continue, and will Britain even be able to look beyond the referendum debate?

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PLSA announced three new council members

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has added three new members to its Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution councils.

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ICI Pension Fund completes five buy-ins

Thursday, October 6, 2016

ICI Pension Fund has completed five buy-ins since March, insuring more than £2.5bn liabilities over the same period.

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PASA call on industry to raise standards

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Pension Administration Standards Association (PASA) has announced the launch of the campaign #GetInvolvedOctober.

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DB pensions at risk from lack of sponsor default plan

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The second annual survey of independent trustees by pensions and benefits consultancy Hymans Robertson, has found 'covenant risk' is not being sufficiently accounted for by DB schemes.

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Schemes lack independent advice for fiduciary managers, survey says

Friday, September 2, 2016

A survey of more than 100 pension scheme managers and trustees found a high proportion of schemes do not seek independent monitoring of their fiduciary manager.

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Interest cut adds pressure to pension schemes

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pension funds are under increasing pressure following the Bank of England's announcement it is cutting the base rate of interest to 0.25%.

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Record high pension freedom payments

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The number of people taking advantage of pension freedoms hit an all-time high between April and July this year, as 159,000 people accessed £1.7bn of their pension savings.

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PPF in strong financial position

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is in a strong position to face the future, according its latest figures.

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Government report says leadership failures led to BHS collapse

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A report from the department of Work and Pensions, and Business, Innovations and Skills Committees blamed a "litany of failures" for the collapse of high street retailer BHS.

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PLSA guidance on investment data

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has published a toolkit for pension schemes and investors.

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The new cabinet is announced

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Stephen Crabb steps down and Damian Green steps up as Work and Pensions Minister

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PLSA responds to British Steel pension scheme consultation

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has published a response to the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) consultation.

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Trustees need to be nimble around Brexit vote

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pension schemes need to prepare to move swiftly in the countdown to the EU referendum, according to investment consultants LCP.

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Selling assets is biggest risk to DB schemes, say CFOs

Thursday, June 2, 2016

One in five CFOs say the biggest risk to their defined benefit (DB) scheme is having to sell assets at depressed prices to meet pension payments, according to new research.

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PLSA launches guidance to support local authority schemes

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) is publishing a series of guides to support employers and local authority funds participating in the Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS).

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Pension freedoms: one year on

Thursday, April 28, 2016

As the Government marks the first anniversary of the most significant pension reforms for a generation, official figures reveal that 230,000 people have accessed their pension pots.

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Exciting time for industry to innovate, says Baroness Altmann

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The UK is in the middle of a pensions and retirement revolution, according to pensions minister Baroness Ros Altmann.

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Decline in number of DB professionals slower than predicted

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The number of individuals working in defined benefit (DB) roles has fallen by 4 per cent to 37 per cent over the past five years, according to new research from The Pensions Management Institute (PMI).

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Think tank report looks at future of pensions

Friday, April 8, 2016

New analysis from the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) paints a "bleak picture" for future pensioners.

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New qualification to help avoid advice trap

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Pensions Management Institute has launched a Certificate in Pension Scheme Member Guidance.

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DC – Governance standards

Thursday, March 24, 2016

With more and more focus shifting toward DC schemes, trustees must be ready.

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The countdown to the end

Thursday, March 24, 2016

DB – end of contracting out 6/4/16, HMRC registration ends 5/4/16

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PLSA launches DB taskforce

Friday, March 11, 2016

A taskforce to tackle issues faced by defined benefit schemes was launched today by the PLSA.

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PASA launches more guidance on GMP

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) has released its second set of guidance on GMP reconciliation for pension schemes.

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PMI and OPDU join forces

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) and The Occupational Pensions Defence Union (OPDU) have announced an alliance to promote good governance in UK pensions schemes.

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Only 1 in 5 pension members will use a financial adviser

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A research poll found that just 1 in 5 of people would ask an adviser about their pension, leaving a huge guidance gap.

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Easier transfers after Government removes pension barrier

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Government has outlined plans to remove "unjustifiable barriers" to allow people easier access to their pension pots.

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Guide launched ahead of new DC Code of Practice

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A guide to help trustees explore the level of protection in place for DC assets has been launched.

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PLSA looks at first six months of pension freedoms

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Pension and Lifetime Savings Association has published the first major market-wide survey of who did what and why in the first six months of pension freedoms.

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PASA issues guidance on GMP reconciliation

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Pension Administration Standards Association has released its first guidance for pension schemes on GMP reconciliation.

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New mission statement for DC schemes

Friday, January 8, 2016

Pitmans Trustees (PTL) has created a mission statement for DC scheme trustees.

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PLSA publishes new guidance on governance policy. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has published an updated edition of its Corporate Governance Policy and Voting Guidelines.

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PLSA launched new Made Simple Guide

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has published its latest Made Simple Guide on "at retirement services".

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Skills academy says employers believe pensions education is important

Thursday, December 3, 2015

73% of employers believe that educating staff on pensions is an essential element of support they provide for employees, according to recent research by the National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS).

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Autumn statement: Delay to rises in pension contributions

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The government is to save around £840m by delaying planned rises to pension contributions for millions of workers.

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Companies pledge to make ageing economy more sustainable

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A group of major national and international companies have signed an open letter, pledging to work over the next five years to make the "aging society and economy" more sustainable.

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Consultation on quality mark for retirement products

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Pension Quality Mark (PQM) has asked stakeholders to respond to its consultation paper on developing a retirement quality mark.

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Pensions administrators must improve

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pensions administrators need to "raise their game" in order to meet expectations of members in line with freedom and choice changes, according to the managing director of pensions specialist Trafalgar House.

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Niel Gavin joins The Pensions Trust

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Pensions Trust has appointed a new regional development manager for the South West, as part of its strategy to develop its DB Complete product.

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Pension funds must protect against cyber criminals

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pension funds must protect members from cyber security threats as the number of pension fraudsters rises.

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Online auto-enrolment guide launched for small employers

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (formerly the National Association of Pension Funds) has launched an online service designed to guide small employers through auto-enrolment for the first time.

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PMI members oppose radical change

Friday, October 16, 2015

Improving the current pensions system is better than significant change, according to the findings of survey from the PMI.

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Transparency concern at Buck Consultants

Thursday, October 8, 2015

New research from Buck Consultants at Xerox found that despite a competitive market there are still concerns about transparency at UK pension schemes.

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L&G calls for flat rate of pensions tax relief

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The chief executive of Legal & General Nigel Wilson says a flat rate of pensions tax relief of 20% should be introduced.

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Under 30s thinking about retirement plans

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Generation Y - the so-called millennials - are thinking about retirement plans earlier than ever, according to new research from the National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS) and AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM).

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Pensions Trust launches new website

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The new Pensions Trust website aims to provide more information to current and prospective clients about its services.

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New service for trustees to assess value of DC Schemes

Friday, September 4, 2015

A new service from Buck Consultants at Xerox allows trustees to meet new governance standards laid out by the Pensions Regulator.

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Ex-Barings director joins Momentum Global Investment

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Alex Garton has been appointed head of institutional sales at Momentum Global Investment Management (Momentum GIM).

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Major review launched to improve financial advice to consumers

Friday, August 7, 2015

A major new review by economic secretary to Harriet Baldwin will examine how financial advice could work better for consumers.

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Security firm calls for pension scheme safeguarding

Friday, July 31, 2015

Veratta has urged the government to do more to help protect pension scheme members and their sensitive information from scammers.

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10million pension pots 'not checked'

Thursday, July 30, 2015

An 'alarming proportion' of UK pension pots are being left unmonitored, new figures suggest.

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ONS auto-enrolment figures send clear message to government

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Latest figures released by the ONS show that since 2012, total contributions are increasing, but median contribution rates are lower.

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Chancellor announces pensions measures in Summer Budget

Friday, July 10, 2015

The July Budget has been met with a mixed response after the Chancellor George Osbourne announced a range of measures that will impact the pensions industry.

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One in three pension holders to leave larger inheritance

Friday, July 3, 2015

More than a third (36%) of private pension holders are more likely to leave an inheritance or larger amount to their children following the introduction of new rules on pension assets.

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£6bn will be withdrawn from pensions in first year of freedoms, says Hymans Robertson

Friday, July 3, 2015

The government is set to make GBP 1.2billion in tax revenue this financial year after GBP 6billion is withdrawn from pension pots.

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NAPF launches new financial education service

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A new education service will offer seminars across the country for pension schemes and individuals approaching retirement.

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PASA announces GMP Working Group members

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) has announced the members of its GMP working group.

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New minister must tackle local government deficits, says Joanne Segars

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Priorities for the new local government minister include tackling deficits, according to findings of a recent survey by the NAPF

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BlackRock launches new fund for DC schemes

Friday, May 15, 2015

BlackRock has launched a new fund to help defined contribution schemes construct default solutions that comply with the new regulations around charge caps.

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AON conference outlines key pensions issues

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pension fund members need extra support and a one-size fits all approach is no longer enough, according to experts from global insurer and risk manager, AON.

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Image for New auto-enrolment service for SMEs launched

New auto-enrolment service for SMEs launched

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Pensions specialist Johnson Fleming has launched two new solutions for the UK's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as increasing numbers reach their auto-enrolment staging dates this year.

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PMI announces new council members for 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The PMI election results are as follows...

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Image for Political parties need long term pension plans, says NAPF

Political parties need long term pension plans, says NAPF

Friday, April 24, 2015

The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has urged the major political parties to consider the long term when it comes to pensions.

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Trade association appoints Now: Pensions to oversee auto enrolment

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The NFRN chooses Now: Pensions to provide high quality low cost pensions

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Deloitte draws up seven-point Trustee checklist

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

With less than a week to go before the pension reforms come into force on 6 April, Deloitte has drawn up a checklist for pension scheme trustees.

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Newton appoints non-executive board directors

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Newton Investment Management, part of BNY Mellon, has announced the appointment of Henrietta Jowitt and Susan Noble as independent non-executive directors to its board.

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MPs call for independent pensions commissions

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Work and Pensions Committee, the group of MPs appointed by the House of Commons to examine the Department for Work and Pensions, has recommended establishing an independent pensions committee to advise on future policies.

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Pension Schemes Bill receives Royal Assent

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Pension Schemes Bill has received Royal Assent to become official legislation ahead of freedom and choice taking effect from 6 April.

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AXA Wealth launched new planning model

Friday, February 27, 2015

AXA Wealth is to launch a new financial planning model in response to the planned pension reforms in April.

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Pensions commission needed to tackle pension uncertainty

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A new report has called on the government to introduce a new independent pensions commission to help savers to secure adequate retirement income.

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UK Pensions Minister calls for new pensions department

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The government should form a new department to incorporate pensions, long-term savings and care, according to pensions minister Steve Webb.

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Lancashire fund to administer fire fighters pension schemes

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A pension scheme for Merseyside fire fighters will be administered by the Lancashire Pension Fund from April this year.

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Largest African pension fund chooses Standard Bank

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Africa's largest pension fund, GEPF, has chosen Standard Bank to provide a full range of investor services for its R1.5-trillion of assets under management. 

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New pension freedoms are "chaotic" says deVere CEO

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The chief executive of the deVere Group has raised concerns about the implementation of the Freedom & Choice agenda, announced by the Chancellor George Osbourne in 2014.

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Trade union trustee adopts FTSE benchmark

Thursday, February 5, 2015

An independent trustee of Lighthouse Pensions Trust, which provides pensions schemes designed for auto-enrolment for employers including major trade unions, has announced it is to formally adopt the FTSE UK DC benchmarks.

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End of the line for NAPF and PMI merger

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) have announced that the two organisations will not be merging

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4.8m at risk after pension reforms, says NAPF

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A new report from the National Association of Pension Funds has found uncertainty prevails around what to do with pension savings after pension reforms begin in April.

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F&C Investments expands emerging markets debt team

Thursday, January 22, 2015

F&C Investments has hired two senior members to its now eight-strong emerging markets debt (EMD) team.

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Prudential Retirement completes fifth reinsurance transaction with Rothesay Life

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Prudential Retirement has announced a transaction with Rothesay Life that will provide reinsurance of longevity risk to eight pension schemes.

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Cutting edge DB service helps trustees simplify process

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A new fully-integrated and tailored scheme management service for Defined Benefits (DB) pension schemes has been announced by Spence & Partners, a UK pensions actuaries and administration specialists.

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Industry body announced new board

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) has announced one new board member and retained three directors after this year's election.

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NAPF publishes global withholding tax relief guide

Friday, December 5, 2014

A plain-speaking guide to global withholding tax and tax relief on cross-border securities investments has been launched by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).

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NAPF survey shows shift towards stewardship

Friday, November 28, 2014

Pension schemes are placing more importance on stewardship when it comes to the selection of asset managers, an annual survey from the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has found.

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PMI launches guide on pension administration agreements

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Pensions Management Institute has launched a best-practice guide for pension administration agreements.

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Pensions minister outlines vision for future

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Next year's pension reform is a beginning and not an end, according to Pensions Minister Rt Hon Steve Webb.

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NAPF announces six-point manifesto

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The creation of an independent retirement savings commission, commitment to automatic enrolment, and a reduction of tick-box regulation will form part of the NAPF agenda for the forthcoming year.

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Image for Poor IT to blame for Government deadline preparation shortfall

Poor IT to blame for Government deadline preparation shortfall

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Two out of three pension professionals blame poor IT for the lack of preparation to meet the Government's Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) deadline, according to new research.

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Image for BlackRock tie up with Aon Hewitt to target defined contribution plans

BlackRock tie up with Aon Hewitt to target defined contribution plans

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Investment consultancy Aon Hewitt is partnering with BlackRock to target defined contribution plans.

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 LPFA backs public sector pensions merger

Thursday, October 9, 2014

One of the UK's largest public sector pension funds has spoken out in support of London Mayor Boris Johnson's calls for a merger of all public sector pension funds.

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So much change, so little time

Monday, September 22, 2014

With many of the Budget's pensions reforms coming into force in April 2015, the heat is on to be properly prepared, as Louise Farrandreports.

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NAPF names repeat offenders on remuneration

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Eight companies have been named by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) for failing to address concerns from investors regarding remuneration packages.

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The end of pensions

Friday, September 12, 2014

Louise Farrand considers whether the Budget will create a retirement revolution.

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Altmann urges closer collaboration between public pension funds

Friday, September 12, 2014

UK public pension funds should work closer together to reduce deficits and mitigate against recent monetary and political decisions that have negatively impacted the industry, a pensions expert has said.

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Schemes increasingly adopt fiduciary management despite "myths"

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pension schemes are continuing to take up fiduciary management despite some of the myths that still surround it, says Aon Hewitt.

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Pension schemes face busy end to 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UK pension professionals face an "exceptionally" busy period as they return from the summer holidays to deal with the consequences of the 2014 Budget changes, Aon Hewitt has said.

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Guidance guarantee not enough, say 62% of pension schemes

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Most pension schemes believe that the guidance guarantee that was announced in Budget 2014 will not provide adequate support for defined contribution (DC) members ahead of retirement, research by Mercer has revealed.

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Four million workers have auto-enrolled, says TPR

Thursday, August 14, 2014

More than four million workers have now been auto-enrolled into a workplace pension, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has revealed.

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Image for Top firms spend 37p out of every £1 on DB deficits

Top firms spend 37p out of every £1 on DB deficits

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FTSE 350 firms pay 37p out of every £1 they spend on pension provision on reducing existing defined benefit (DB) pension deficits, Barnett Waddingham has found.

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Image for Transatlantic DC members' retirement confidence remains low

Transatlantic DC members' retirement confidence remains low

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Retirement confidence remains alarmingly low among defined contribution (DC) scheme members in the US, UK and Ireland, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) has found.

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Image for PPF "sails smoothly" towards self-sufficiency goal

PPF "sails smoothly" towards self-sufficiency goal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is 90% likely of being financially self-sufficient by 2030, the lifeboat fund said as it reported a £2.4bn and a funding ratio of 112.5%.

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Charity sector's largest pension liabilities rose by 14.5% in 2012/13

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The charity sector's largest pension liabilities grew by 14.5% in 2012/13, according to data from a UK charity financial information provider.

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Image for FTSE 100 pension scheme deficit falls by £16bn

FTSE 100 pension scheme deficit falls by £16bn

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The total deficit in FTSE 100 pension schemes has decreased by £16bn to £60bn in the year to 31 March 2014, JLT Employee Benefits has said.

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Companies are overpaying pension schemes, says PwC

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Companies are overpaying into their pension schemes by £9bn a year because they are not taking advantage of improving market conditions, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has said.

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Stewardship important to scheme members despite higher cost

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Most (53%) pension scheme members would prefer their employer to choose a provider demonstrating strong stewardship activity, even if it is 10% more expensive, the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has said.

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UK DB scheme deficits increase

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The deficit of all UK private sector defined benefit (DB) pension schemes has increased by £71bn over the last 12 months, JLT Employee Benefits has said.

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Pensions discount rate increases to 4.5%

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The average accounting discount rate for FTSE 100 pension obligations increased by 0.1% to 4.5%, Barnett Waddingham has revealed.

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Image for Dutch pension funds' average funding ratio reaches three-year high

Dutch pension funds' average funding ratio reaches three-year high

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The average funding ratio of Dutch pension funds increased to 112% in May 2014, the highest level since April 2011, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has said.

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DB schemes' self-sufficiency targets are unreliable

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

UK defined benefit (DB) schemes may need to find new strategies as current self-sufficiency targets do not provide the required degree of stability and certainty, Aon Hewitt has said.

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Image for NAPF calls for immediate action to help DB schemes transition smoothly

NAPF calls for immediate action to help DB schemes transition smoothly

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has called for immediate action to help defined benefit (DB) schemes and their sponsors navigate the DB transition as smoothly as possible.

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Image for Pension deficits fall to near pre-recession levels

Pension deficits fall to near pre-recession levels

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FTSE 350 defined benefit (DB) pension obligations have "dramatically improved" and are close to reaching pre-recession levels, PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) has said.

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Image for Total UK Plan completes £1.6bn buy-in

Total UK Plan completes £1.6bn buy-in

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Total UK Pension Plan has secured a £1.6bn buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) in the second largest bulk annuity deal in the UK to date.

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Image for Positive views on DC schemes to cause rise in contributions

Positive views on DC schemes to cause rise in contributions

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Nearly half (43%) of employers look more favourably on defined contribution (DC) schemes as a result of pension rules changes announced in the Budget, Towers Watson has said.

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Image for Global risk transfer market will "thrive" in 2014

Global risk transfer market will "thrive" in 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The risk transfer market will grow in 2014 globally as companies with defined benefit (DB) schemes in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, US and Canada become more ambitious in their efforts to eliminate pension risk, Mercer has said.

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Image for PPF proposes new insolvency risk model

PPF proposes new insolvency risk model

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has launched a consultation on the introduction of a new PPF-specific insolvency risk model for determining levy payments for the next three years.

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Funding of small Irish DC schemes is too low

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Many workers in small defined contribution (DC) schemes in Ireland may not retire comfortably due to low contribution levels, the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) has found.

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PPF 7800 deficits increase over April

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The aggregate deficit of UK defined benefit (DB) schemes within the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) 7800 index increased by £42.3bn to £112.3bn over April 2014.

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Image for FremantleMedia secures £47m buy-in

FremantleMedia secures £47m buy-in

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Fremantle Group Pension Plan has secured a buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), covering around £47m of pensioner and deferred liabilities.

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Budget pensions overhaul could increase buyouts

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Buyouts may become more affordable for pension schemes as a result of the pensions overhaul in Budget 2014, JLT Employee Benefits has said.

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FTSE 350 pension scheme deficits reach 12-month high

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

UK pension scheme deficits reached a 12-month high of £111bn in April, according to research from Mercer.

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Royal Mail has best funded pension scheme of FTSE 100

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Royal Mail Group has the best funded company pension scheme within the FTSE 100 index, JLT has said.

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Firms should adopt broader approach when segmenting employee communications

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Employers should think more broadly when approaching segmentation in their employee communications, a pensions specialist has said.

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Image for DC schemes need to revise investment options

DC schemes need to revise investment options

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Defined contribution (DC) pensions schemes will need to reconsider the investment options offered and the default funds used following the Budget 2014 changes, Mercer has said.

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Pensions industry supports increased flexibility for DB members

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two-thirds of pensions professionals said that the same flexibility offered to defined contribution (DC) schemes should be extended to defined benefit (DB) scheme members, Aon Hewitt has said.

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Pension guidance already offered by most FTSE 100 companies

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Most FTSE 100 employers already offer retirement guidance while FTSE 250 companies are less likely to offer support, Towers Watson has found.

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Scheme deficits increase over March

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The aggregate deficit of the 6,150 schemes within the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) 7800 index rose to £70bn over March 2014.

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Good DC governance requires more trustee control

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Trustees should take more control and rely less on their providers to ensure good governance of their defined contribution (DC) schemes, a consultant has urged.

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FTSE350 DB pension deficits remain around £100bn

Monday, April 7, 2014

FTSE350 defined benefit (DB) pension deficits have remained steady around the £100bn level since September 2013, Mercer has said.

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Image for PPF selects new assessment period panel

PPF selects new assessment period panel

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Six firms have been appointed to the Pension Protection Fund's (PPF) newly created Assessment Period Legal Panel (APLP).

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Image for "Guidance guarantee" proposal creates tight timeframe for DC trustees

"Guidance guarantee" proposal creates tight timeframe for DC trustees

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Government's Budget has created a timeframe nightmare for defined contribution (DC) trustees, Pitmans Trustees Ltd (PTL) has said.

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Budget changes should not affect opportunities in bulk annuities

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bulk annuities remain a good option for pension schemes despite the announcement on annuities in last week's Budget, Aon Hewitt has said.

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Image for Church of England fund secures £100m buy-in

Church of England fund secures £100m buy-in

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Church of England Pensions Board has completed a £100m buy-in with Prudential.

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Pension schemes remain exposed to interest-rate risk

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

UK pension schemes are still running too much interest-rate risk, Aon Hewitt has warned.

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NAPF hires head of external affairs

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has appointed a new head of external affairs.

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Image for GeoPost secures £30m buy-in with PIC

GeoPost secures £30m buy-in with PIC

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The trustees of GeoPost UK Limited Pension Scheme have completed a £30m buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).

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DB and DC schemes remain satisfied with investment consultants

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Over 80% of both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes would recommend their investment consultancy to a scheme with similar needs, the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has found.

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DB deficits decrease over the year

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

UK private sector defined benefit (DB) scheme assets have improved by £18bn over the year due to the performance of equities.

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Employers prioritise market competitiveness in DC pension provision

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Most employers provide a defined contribution (DC) scheme to ensure the employer competes in the market, rather than ensure their employees have an adequate income retirement, Towers Watson has revealed.

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Image for Mortality rate differences cause global firms to underestimate pension liabilities

Mortality rate differences cause global firms to underestimate pension liabilities

Friday, February 21, 2014

Global FTSE 100 companies are underestimating their pension liabilities by tens of billions of Euros, a report by LCP has found.

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Image for Rothesay Life acquires MetLife Assurance

Rothesay Life acquires MetLife Assurance

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pensions insurance provider Rothesay Life will acquire MetLife Assurance.

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Decline of DB schemes is a global phenomenon

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The "death" of defined benefit (DB) schemes has become a global phenomenon as companies struggle to tackle legacy liabilities, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has said.

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Employers should consider collective DC ahead of 2016 changes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

UK employers should start considering collective defined contribution (CDC) as a viable arrangement ahead of the end of contracting-out in 2016, Aon Hewitt has said.

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PPF 7800 deficits increase over January

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The aggregate deficit of defined benefit (DB) schemes within the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) 7800 index increased by £48.9bn over January 2014.

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Industry group to tackle pension liberation scams

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

An industry group of trustees, administrators, legal advisors, insurers, regulators and consumer representatives has formed to tackle the growing problem of pension liberation scams.

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£100bn capacity available for longevity swap market

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A "significant" increase in the number of longevity swaps will take place during 2014 and 2015 as a result of additional capacity and better pricing from the reinsurance market, Aon Hewitt has said.

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Image for Partnership Assurance completes £33m buy-in with unnamed scheme

Partnership Assurance completes £33m buy-in with unnamed scheme

Monday, January 27, 2014

Partnership Assurance has completed a £33m medically underwritten buy-in with the trustees of an undisclosed pension plan.

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BT and BBC schemes top responsible investment table

Monday, January 27, 2014

The BT and BBC pension schemes have the best occupational schemes in the UK for responsible investment, a charity has found.

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Fiduciary duties should be clarified, not codified, says NAPF

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fiduciary duties in pension scheme management should be further clarified through guidance, rather than through statute, the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has said.

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Greater transparency needed for fiduciary management fees

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The fees charged by fiduciary managers need to be more transparent, Aon Hewitt has argued.

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Barriers cause schemes to miss opportunities to de-risk

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A lack of quick access to accurate information is causing pension schemes to miss opportunities to reduce their risk, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has found.

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Pension fund trustees should focus on scheme specific objectives

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Trustees should focus on pro-active strategies, rather than judging their own situation on non-fund-specific judgements or in comparison to other schemes, a pension consultant has said.

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BACB scheme completes first tendered underwritten buy-in

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Trustees of the British Arab Commercial Bank (BACB) Pension Scheme have completed a medically underwritten buy-in contract for £12m with Partnership.

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Deficits decrease for UK DB schemes

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The aggregate deficit of more than 6,000 UK defined