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tPR funding statement: Comment from Hymans Robertson

Commenting on the Pension Regulator’s (tPR) annual statement - which acts as a guide to the trustees of DB pension schemes, particularly those whose triennial valuations fall this year, Russell Chapman, Partner at Hymans Robertson, said:
Posted on Friday May 22

DB schemes with actuarial valuations are behind schedule

Analysis published by the Pensions Regulator today confirms that defined benefit pension schemes with actuarial valuations this year are behind schedule when it comes to eliminating their deficits. Many will have bigger deficits than they did three years ago despite the billions of pounds that employers have paid in.

Posted on Friday May 22

More than one in seven set to retire in 2015 with no pension

More than one in seven (15 per cent) of those planning to retire this year have no pension savings, and will either be totally or heavily dependent on the State Pension as their only source of regular retirement income, according to research by Prudential
Posted on Friday May 22

Standard Life & AEAG join forces on 'AE in a Box'

Standard Life, the UK’s biggest workplace pension provider, now offers its Good to Go auto enrolment pension solution on AE in a Box. AE in a Box is Auto Enrolment Advisory Group’s low-cost system to which advisers and accountants can refer clients in order to support them through the auto enrolment process.

Posted on Thursday May 21

PMI launches new DC governance qualification

The new qualification is designed for those running, advising on or governing workplace pension schemes, including members of governance committees, trustees and scheme secretaries, individuals working in allied professions and independent financial advisors.
Posted on Thursday May 21

UK economy is out of recession but pension schemes are not

FTSE 350 companies’ ability to support their defined benefit (DB) pension obligations has fallen for the first time in more than four years, driven by a sharp decline in inflationary expectations, and continued wrangling over Europe’s finances affecting gilt yields.
Posted on Thursday May 21

Pensions and the new parliament from Kate Smith of Aegon

Following the hubbub of the general election there’s a new pensions minister sitting at the head of the industry table. The question now is what changes will she serve up over the coming months?
Posted on Wednesday May 20

Deflation, good news for pensioners says JLT's Chief Actuary

Hugh Nolan, Chief Actuary at JLT Employee Benefits, comments:
Posted on Wednesday May 20

Industry risks forgetting DB at its peril, says PTL

Pitmans Trustees Limited (PTL), a leading independent trustee and governance services provider, today warned that the increased attention around DC pensions in the UK could result in missing important deadlines and requirements across DB schemes.
Posted on Wednesday May 20

Negative CPI inflation: implications for DB pension schemes

Commenting on today’s Office for National Statistics figures showing that CPI inflation was -0.1% over the 12 months to April 2015, Martin Faulkner, a senior consultant at Towers Watson, said:
Posted on Tuesday May 19

AAE paper on market consistency to pension funds in Europe

The Actuarial Association of Europe (“AAE”) published its discussion paper “Clarity before Solvency” on the application of market consistency to pension funds in Europe.
Posted on Tuesday May 19

LPFA creates LGPS alternative credit manager framework

The London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) announced today that it has created a national framework that will allow other Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) to select from four alternative credit managers without having to complete a full European tender process
Posted on Tuesday May 19

Deloitte expands pensions advisory team with key hire

Deloitte, the business advisory firm, has expanded its corporate finance pensions advisory team with the appointment of Simon Kew.
Simon joins Deloitte with a pensions background that includes three years’ experience at the Pensions Regulator. Here, he led on some of the UK’s largest pension schemes, and acted as a key link between the regulator and government departments, including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and Downing Street.

Posted on Monday May 18

Window of opportunity for pension scheme buy-in bargains

Highly attractive pricing in the pensions buy-in (bulk annuity) market is expected, allowing pension schemes to take advantage of a short window of opportunity to secure more competitive terms and pricing for transferring risk over to insurers, says Hymans Robertson, the independent pensions, benefits and risk consultancy. This is being driven by more insurers entering the market.
Posted on Monday May 18

Redington & PwC form alliance to meet clients pension needs

PwC and Redington, two of the UK’s leading innovators in pension solutions, have formed a unique strategic alliance to help trustees and sponsors better eliminate deficits, improve funding levels, and manage pensions risk. This alliance will provide clients with independent market-leading advice.
Posted on Monday May 18

A nation of workers unprepared for retirement

New research from Aegon UK reveals that just 7%[i] of the UK population are on track for the retirement they aspire to, exactly the same percentage as in April 2014.
Posted on Monday May 18

Employers rush to avoid big bills when contracting out ends

Over two-thirds (69%) of employers threatened with higher National Insurance bills from next April have yet to decide how they will respond, according to research* by Towers Watson.
Posted on Monday May 18

TRUST|Pensions appoints Dick Strattan

TRUST|Pensions®, the multi-employer master-trust provider for automatic enrolment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dick Strattan as an Independent Strategic Adviser. Dick will be responsible for strategic engagement with EBCs and corporate advisory firms that are looking to work with a master trust to provide customisable DC solutions for their clients.
Posted on Friday May 15

Hymans Robertson on impact of bond's sell-off on DB pensions

Commenting on the impact of bond market sell-off on DB pensions, James Mullins, Partner at Hymans Robertson, said:

Posted on Thursday May 14

Surprise results on increase of Auto Enrolment contributions

One of the areas that will be high on the new Minister for Pensions to-do list will be the forthcoming review of Automatic Enrolment (AE). The outgoing Minister had regularly said that AE contribution levels would need to be revisited early in this parliamentary term; and new research by Jelf Employee Benefits reveals employer support for such proposals.

Posted on Thursday May 14

Time for trustees to catch up, says Spence

Spence & Partners, the UK pensions actuaries and administration specialists, today advised that defined benefit (DB) trustees need to gear up to use the power they can now have at the touch of a button.

Posted on Thursday May 14

JLT Employee Benefits, on the key priorities for Ros Altmann

Duncan Howorth, CEO of JLT Employee Benefits, on the key priorities for Ros Altmann, the new pensions minister:

Posted on Thursday May 14

Barnett Waddingham comments on latest tPR funding research

The Pensions Regulator has this week released research into the funding of schemes with valuation dates falling from 22 September 2012 to 21 September 2013 inclusive.
Posted on Wednesday May 13

Pension schemes to stay in deficit for longer say TW

Many defined benefit pension schemes with actuarial valuations this Spring will find that plans to repair deficits have been blown off course, according to Towers Watson.

Posted on Wednesday May 13

ShareAction comment on Ros Altmann as new Pensions Minister

The appointment of Ros Altmann, a pensions expert with a real eye for the interests of savers, is warmly welcomed by ShareAction. Altmann’s long standing commitment to reforming the pensions industry to better serve the interests of savers is widely acknowledged and ShareAction looks forward to working with the Minister on these important goals.
Posted on Tuesday May 12

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