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Comment on report on Auto-protection and auto-drawdown at 55

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has commented on the Centre for Policy Studiess proposal to introduce auto-protection to complement auto-enrolment in its report Auto-protection: auto-drawdown at 55, auto-annuitisation at 80.
Posted on Thursday Mar 23

Ros Altmann comments on Cridland Pension Review

Baroness Ros Altmann says that the State pension policy should incorporate differences in health and working life but Cridland Report shies away from allowing early access.


Posted on Thursday Mar 23

Compliance and regulatory concerns over pension complaints

New research from employee benefits consultancy Portus shows.HR departments are coming under increased pressure from employee concerns about company pension schemes,
Posted on Wednesday Mar 22

The best first birthday present you could give is a pension

Retirement Advantage has crunched the numbers to show the benefit of getting into the savings habit early. Parents, grandparents and other relatives can make pension contributions on behalf of children, and by doing so can create sizable pension pots.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 21

Legal and General leads bulk annuities table for 2016

Full-year 2016 volumes for pension buy-ins and buy-outs (also known as bulk annuities) by UK pension plans totalled £10.2bn, according to consultants LCP. This includes the £1.2bn buy-in by Phoenix Life with its own UK pension plan that has been announced today and is the largest single transaction over 2016.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 21

Comment on Governments reduction to the MPAA

Ian Browne, Retirement Planning Expert at Old Mutual Wealth comments on the government’s response to the consultation on reducing the money purchase annual allowance


Posted on Tuesday Mar 21

Local Government Pension Scheme deficit lower than predicted

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) deficit has fallen from £47bn to around £35bn according to latest figures, despite the significant challenges faced by UK defined benefit schemes, despite the significant challenges faced by UK defined benefit schemes
Posted on Tuesday Mar 21

Call for DB to DC pension transfer process to be streamlined

Royl London has raised concerns with the Pensions Regulator over the DB to DC transfer process following concerns raised by advisor firm Rathmore Financial.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 21

Access to HMRC records allows improvement of data quality

Quantum Advisory has urged schemes to make wider use of HMRC’s records to improve overall data quality whilst they have unprecedented access to the Scheme Reconciliation Service (SRS) and online GMP checker for the purposes of GMP reconciliation.
Posted on Monday Mar 20

Industry comment on DWP report on Pensioner income

Industry comment from Royal London, Aegon, Barnett Waddingham and Just on the DWP statistics on pensioner incomes entitled Pensioner Income Series for 2015/16
Posted on Thursday Mar 16

Ann Harris appointed as Chair of Pensions Advisory Service

Ann Harris has been appointed by the Minister for Pensions, Richard Harrington, as the new permanent chair of The Pensions Advisory Service.
Posted on Thursday Mar 16

Data risks left uncovered by traditional data testing

Trafalgar House has warned schemes of the data risks being left uncovered by only focusing on traditional conditional data testing - and advised that other, more significant data issues might be sat below the surface which simply won’t be picked up through a basic conditional data analysis.
Posted on Thursday Mar 16

Job seekers value holidays above pensions

New research from Aviva reveals that UK employees are more motivated by the amount of holiday allowance (46%) and flexible working hours (33%) offered by employers than workplace pension contributions (24%) when they size up a job move, as people prioritise living in the here and now over saving for the future.
Posted on Thursday Mar 16

Pensions Dashboard Working Group members announced

The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA), the independent body dedicated to driving up standards in pensions administration, has today announced the members of its Pensions Dashboard Working Group.
Posted on Wednesday Mar 15

Research shows large number of retirees not taking advice

LV= has published research thats reveals a worrying number of consumers aged over 55 are not planning to take financial advice when they retire. This means people risk losing out on thousands of pounds over the course of their retirement, leaving the UK on the cusp of a ‘mis-buying’ crisis.
Posted on Wednesday Mar 15

Pension security is valued more highly than any other aspect

The Working Party on the Security of DC Assets comments on this research revealing that Pension scheme members value the security of their assets more highly than aspects such as charges according to recent consumer research of contract based schemes conducted on behalf of the Independent Governance Committees (IGCs).
Posted on Tuesday Mar 14

Comment on CWU proposals for the Royal Mail pension scheme

Jon Hatchett, Head of Corporate Consulting, Hymans Robertson comments on the CWU proposal for Royal Mail’s pension scheme: The CWU’s proposals for greater pension risk sharing between employers and employees for Royal Mail’s pension scheme take us back to the future. Back in the 1970s DB pension schemes had these type of pressure release valves which successive layers of legislation have stripped away.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 14

Comment on CWU proposals for the Royal Mail pension scheme

Jon Hatchett, Head of Corporate Consulting, Hymans Robertson comments on the CWU proposal for Royal Mail’s pension scheme: The CWU’s proposals for greater pension risk sharing between employers and employees for Royal Mail’s pension scheme take us back to the future. Back in the 1970s DB pension schemes had these type of pressure release valves which successive layers of legislation have stripped away.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 14

BlackRock comment on PPF Index Update for March 2017

Head of UK Strategic Clients at BlackRock, Andy Tunningley, comments on the latest PPF 7800 Index figures: Spring may be in the air, but February provided no bounce in the step of UK pension schemes. The PPF aggregate funding level fell, from 88.2% last month to 86.2% now. 10-year nominal gilt yields plunged 30bps lower in February, returning to levels not seen since October last year.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 14

Savers rely on ISAs for the bulk of their retirement income

New research from MetLife shows that more than one in three retirement savers are planning to rely on ISAs for the bulk of their retirement income but there are real worries about the lack of savings choice,
Posted on Tuesday Mar 14

Pension Protection Fund Index for March 2017

Since July 2007 the Pension Protection Fund has published the latest estimated funding position, on a s179 basis, for the defined benefit schemes in its eligible universe.
Posted on Tuesday Mar 14

Unlocking housing wealth is key to fund retirement for many

According to new research from NOW: Pensions.nearly four in ten homeowners (39%) think that unlocking housing wealth will be crucial to fund their retirement. Of those, almost a quarter (24%) are relying on their house because they don’t expect to have any private pension savings whatsoever,
Posted on Tuesday Mar 14

Prudential Retirement and Rothesay Life agree $1.2bn deal

Prudential Retirement,and Rothesay Life Plc, reaffirmed their growing partnership by agreeing to their sixth longevity reinsurance transaction since 2011. In the agreement, Prudential assumes the longevity risk for $1.2 billion (about £960 million) in pension liabilities, covering approximately 22,500 pensioners across eight pension plans.

Posted on Monday Mar 13

Low-pay workers could lose tax relief on workplace pension

Estimates by Royal London suggest that up to half a million low paid workers will soon be at risk of missing out on tax relief on their workplace pension contributions. The figures are based on a Government document which reveals for the first time the number of workers who earn more than the earnings trigger for automatic enrolment (£10,000) but less than the income tax threshold (£11,500 in 2017/18).
Posted on Monday Mar 13

Comment on FSA's proposal for pension mis-selling redress

Hymans Robertson comments on FCA’s publication of proposals for final salary pension mis-selling redress underscores the need for DB scheme members to be better supported
Posted on Friday Mar 10

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