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Spence & Mattioli Woods provide DB management for Hayman Grp

Spence & Partners, the UK pensions actuaries and administration specialists, today announced their appointment by the Hayman Limited Retirement Benefits Scheme for their fully integrated DB scheme management service.
Posted on Friday Apr 24

ACA challenges parties to work out pension tax charges

After so many changes to the pension taxation regime and more promised by the main parties in their manifestos, David Fairs, Chairman of the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA), has challenged the Chancellor and Shadow Chancellor to correctly work out Annual and Lifetime Allowance charges for a selection of individuals who are or maybe are subject to a tax charge. If they can he will donate £1,000 to a charity of their choice
Posted on Friday Apr 24

Partnership comments on PPI report on Int'l Pensions lessons

Today, the Pensions Policy Institute is due to host the final event in the ‘Transitions to Retirement’ Research Series which will look at what lessons the UK pensions and retirement income system can learn from international examples.

Posted on Thursday Apr 23

UK market is unique for DC policy saving challenges say PPI

How might the UK pensions landscape evolve to support more flexible retirements. A new report published today by The Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) has found that the UK pension system has unique characteristics which set it apart from those in other nations, and which will influence its evolution.
Posted on Thursday Apr 23

Aegon UK launch smart solution for pension scheme governance

As part of its commitment to help employers get the UK ready for retirement, Aegon UK has launched a digital, big data solution for the workplace market called Smart Governance. The market leading service helps employers and advisers to meet their scheme governance responsibilities by providing a comprehensive overview of the employer’s pension scheme. This delivers the insight needed to carry out targeted communication to encourage their employees to make informed decisions about their retirement savings.
Posted on Thursday Apr 23

JLT EB comment on Tesco's DB scheme

Charles Cowling, Director, JLT Employee Benefits, comments: "I believe that the key issue around DB scheme closures is not pension deficits (Tesco's deficit is large but manageable given the size of the business) but rather the ongoing cost of continued DB accrual for employees.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 22

Comment on Tesco's pension deficit from Lincoln Pensions

Matthew Harrison, Managing Director, Lincoln Pensions, comments:“Three years ago Tesco would have been seen by most observers as a "gold plated" covenant with its DB pension obligations under control. Roll forward to today's announcement and this perception has clearly shifted in the eyes of the City and (in all likelihood) the pension trustees.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 22

Barnett Waddingham publish research on £1bn+ pension schemes

Barnett Waddingham, the UK’s leading independent provider of actuarial, administration and consultancy services has today published the findings from its 3rd annual survey of defined benefit (DB) schemes in the UK with assets of over £1bn.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 22

NFRN select Now:Pensions as its provider for auto enrolment

The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) one of Europe’s largest retail trade associations with over 16,000 independent news and convenience retailers in membership has selected NOW: Pensions as its preferred provider for auto enrolment.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 22

Generation Y expect £100K pension pot but 53% are not saving

New research* from workplace pensions provider NOW: Pensions reveals that Generation Y think they’ll have around £95,000 in their pension pot when they retire with men expecting £111,000 and women expecting £82,000. This comes despite over half (58%) admitting that they haven’t started saving yet.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 21

It’s very easy to accidentally slash your Annual Allowance

We’ve at last found our way through the back of the wardrobe and into the new pension world that was created on 6 April, but it’s going to take some getting used to says Kate Smith from Aegon

Posted on Tuesday Apr 21

tPR final guidance on DB to DC transfers and conversions

The Pensions Regulator has responded to its consultation on its defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) transfers and conversions guidance. The response and publication of the final guidance coincides with the coming into effect of the major reforms to the rules for accessing DC pension savings from 6 April 2015.
Posted on Monday Apr 20

Pension tax relief changes may damage rising savings culture

Firstly, the proposed logic for a flat rate of tax relief is that it would incentivise basic rate tax payers to save more into a pension. However, research conducted by YouGov on behalf of Old Mutual Wealth indicates this may not follow as consumer understanding of the pension tax relief system is extremely limited:
Posted on Monday Apr 20

A smooth ride or a train crash asks Towry

So we have entered the brave new world of pension flexibility and freedoms. The question will be whether people will use those freedoms to enhance their retirement choices or just blow their pension pot, living for today and forgetting that retirement might well last twenty, thirty or even forty years or more?
Posted on Monday Apr 20

Pensions are not a government bank account say Portal

The Conservatives’ pledge to slash pensions tax relief to fund an increase in inheritance tax is unfair, argues Portal Financial, one of the UK’s largest pensions advisers.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 15

EIOPA provides recommendations on internal models

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published today an Opinion on Internal Models. In this document, EIOPA provides recommendations to National Competent Authorities (NCAs) for three key areas:

Posted on Wednesday Apr 15

Actuarial Association of Europe's response to EIOPA

Commenting on the consultation on individual transfers of supplementary occupational pension rights, Falco Valkenburg, Chairperson of AAE’s Pensions Committee, said:
Posted on Tuesday Apr 14

CPI stays flat at zero as deficits rise: PwC's Skyval Index

The Consumer Prices Inflation (CPI) has remained at zero, the Office of National Statistics announced today. CPI was 0% for the 12 months up to March 2015. Over the same month, the Skyval Pensions Index shows that pension deficits for the FTSE100 have increased by £13bn.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 14

Smaller firms getting in early for auto enrolment

Of the companies that signed up with workplace pensions provider NOW: Pensions in the first quarter of 2015, nearly a third (32%) signed up six months or more ahead of their staging date.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 14

In Manifesto week 'Is this the death of simple saving'

Tom Stevenson, Investment Director, Fidelity Personal Investing says the scramble for votes is making personal finance a minefield of complexity
Posted on Tuesday Apr 14

Labour needs to do more to protect pensioners

James McLeod, head of pensions at AES International, suggests if an elected Labour government wants to continue to reform the pensions market, it may need to take on more responsibility for guiding and protecting consumers.
Posted on Tuesday Apr 14

Universities could see pension liabilities rise to 20-25%

Barnett Waddingham, the UK’s leading independent provider of actuarial, administration and consultancy services is warning University Self-Administered Trusts (SATs) that their accounting liabilities could increase by between 20% and 25% as a result of the recent fall in bond yields.
Posted on Monday Apr 13

Angelina Jolie, DNA analysis and annuity providers

Angelina Jolie and DNA analysis: Annuity providers “may have to change their whole approach to pricing” says Barnett Waddingham
Posted on Monday Apr 13

tPR welcomes independent assurance for latest master trust

The Pensions Regulator has welcomed the news that SEI Master Trust has become the latest occupational defined contribution (DC) master trust to obtain independent assurance.
Posted on Thursday Apr 9

People banking on pension pot delivering 10% a year for life

On average retirees plan to withdraw around 10% each year, but nearly half of those approaching retirement have no real idea how long their income will last
Posted on Thursday Apr 9

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