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Pension freedoms give the Government massive tax bonanza

The latest pension freedom stats from HMRC show 393,000 people took out £6.45bn from pension pots in tax year 16/17. That’s an average of around £16,400 per person.Retirement Advantage’s recent research reveals how people are using this money:
Posted on Thursday Apr 27

More needs to be done to safeguard DB Pensions

2 years on from pension freedoms, trustees and employers need to do more to safeguard over £100bn of defined benefit (DB) pensions at risk from poor decisions and scams.
Posted on Thursday Apr 27

PPF will raising a Fraud Compensation Levy in 2017/18

The Pension Protection Fund is raising a Fraud Compensation Levy in 2017/18, for the first time in five years.
Posted on Thursday Apr 27

How much could your degree be worth to your pension pot

Data from the Department for Education shows that young graduates (aged 21 to 30) earn on average £6,000 more each year than non-graduates. The 2016 median income for young non-graduates is £19,000. For young graduates it is £25,000.
Posted on Thursday Apr 27

Pension providers should give annual pension summaries

New research from LV= finds those approaching the minimum retirement age of 55 are spending worryingly little time thinking about their retirement options. As a result they have a poor understanding of their financial situation and often fall short of what they want to live off.
Posted on Thursday Apr 27

Industry comment on HMRC statistics on pension freedoms

According to HMRC’s latest pension freedoms statistics, £6.45bn was withdrawn from pension funds in the financial year 2016/17 – up from £4.3bn in the previous year. Payments were made to 393,000 individuals – up from 230,000 in 2015/16.with More over 55s dipped into their pension pots in the first three months of this year than in any quarter since the 2015 pension reforms, according to new figures.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 26

Hymans Robertson comment on pensioner buy-in pricing

Hymans Robertson comment on pensioner buy-in pricing and the implications of Solvency II to pricing
Posted on Wednesday Apr 26

Bulk annuity and longevity swap market update

Willis Towers Watson comment on the current climate and level of activity in the bulk annuity and longevity swap markets so far in 2017.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 26

Five mistakes that pension schemes are making

BlackRock's Justin Arter, Head of the Institutional Client Business for the UK, Middle East and Africa, and Andrew Stephens, Managing Director, UK Institutional Business, outlined the top five mistakes UK pension schemes are making and the actions that trustees can take to overcome these and get closer to meeting their funding objectives.

Posted on Wednesday Apr 26

Comment on Labour's commitment to retain pension Triple Lock

Steven Cameron, Aegon’s Pension Director, comments on the cost of the state pension triple lock.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 26

More needs to be done two years on from pension freedoms

The number of people cashing in ‘gold plated’ final salary DB pensions has soared since freedom and choice was introduced two years ago, according to figures from Hymans Robertson
Posted on Wednesday Apr 26

Hundreds of thousands risk being over-taxed on their pension

Royal London estimates that around 800,000 people under state pension age are receiving pensions but should be non-taxpayers because their total income is below the personal allowance. The company is urging those individuals to check that they are paying no tax and to apply for a refund if they have been over-taxed. This may be a particular issue for those who have multiple sources of taxable income such as a wage and a pension or multiple pensions. In some cases, the over-taxation could have been going on for many years.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 26

Comment on the decision to scrap lowering the MPAA

Commenting on the decision to scrap lowering the Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA), Chris Noon, Partner at Hymans Robertson, said:
Posted on Tuesday Apr 25

Most people are unaware providers publish claims information

Aegon’s customer and consumer panel has revealed that four out of five (83%) people who purchased protection policies were unaware that providers publish this information even though every year protection providers publish claims data to explain the number of claims they have paid out to customers.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 25

Most retired people think they gave up work too early

Suggestions that the retirement age should be increased is often met with fierce opposition, with more change coming as from 2019 the state pension age starts to rise to age 66 for men and women by 2020.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 25

Actuarial First's FAB Index improves again

First Actuarial’s Best estimate (FAB) Index improved again in March showing a surplus of £294bn across the 6,000 UK defined benefit schemes.
Posted on Monday Apr 24

DB pension transfers rise steeply in Q1 2017

Xafinity Group reports that the number of defined benefit (DB) transfers completed in the first three months of 2017 has increased 166% on the same three-month period of 2016.
Posted on Monday Apr 24

State pension may drop Triple Lock and return to Double Lock

Hymans Robertson warns that the survival of the Triple Lock is reportedly under threat following the election. While any move to abandon the Triple Lock would provide cost savings, these would be short-term in the context of a looming savings crisis
Posted on Monday Apr 24

Equiniti and Aon Hewitt announce partnership on pensions

Equiniti and Aon Hewitt today announce a new arrangement to sub-contract pension scheme administration services from Aon Hewitt to Equiniti for three clients.
Posted on Monday Apr 24

Comment on DWP consultation on employer debts

Posted on Monday Apr 24

Intervening frequently and acting more quickly are TPR goals

Intervening more frequently and acting quicker are amongst The Pensions Regulator (TPR) goals for the next three years.

Posted on Friday Apr 21

Snap General Election could disrupt pension initiatives

According to Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, a number of initiatives that are currently going through the parliamentary process could now be disrupted following the Prime Minister’s decision to call a General Election,
Posted on Thursday Apr 20

Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association CEO set to leave

Joanne Segars will be leaving the PLSA to pursue a portfolio career after 12 years of dedicated service to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association and over 10 years as its Chief Executive,
Posted on Thursday Apr 20

Election Manifesto for pensions reform

Ros Altmann outlines her 6 point plan for an overhaul of the current system that could be adopted by the Government after the General Election on 8 June 2017.
Posted on Thursday Apr 20

Ten pre-election pension questions for all political parties

Broadstone’s Technical Director David Brooks believes how the parties address these pensions issues will have a major impact on all our lives and may well sway voters who are directly impacted by the outcome. He has outlined below some of the key pensions questions the parties should be thinking about and which could easily sway some voters to their cause.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 19

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