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PPF appoints Trevor Welsh as Head of LDI

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) announced today (Thursday) the appointment of Trevor Welsh as its Head of Liability Driven Investment (LDI). He will take up the newly created role in October to spearhead the insourcing of the PPF’s LDI management.
Posted on Friday Aug 28

Trustees can now assess value for money of their DC schemes

Buck Consultants at Xerox has launched the ‘Value for Money dashboard’, a service that allows trustees to meet the new governance standards laid out by the Pension Regulator, and assess whether their DC scheme is providing value for money to its members.
Posted on Thursday Aug 27

Over 500,000 over 40s plan to use pension to repay mortgage

Just over half a million people in the UK [631,000] intend to use all or part of their pension to help repay their mortgage balance reveals new research from specialist insurer, Partnership.
Posted on Thursday Aug 27

Cost of pension buyouts set to rise by 10%, according to PwC

Companies and pension scheme trustees who want to transfer their defined benefit (DB) pension liabilities to insurers should try to complete their deals soon or could expect to pay up to 10% more from next year due to a new regulatory regime for insurers, according to PwC’s pensions advisory team.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 26

Transfer values increase slightly, say actuaries at Xafinity

Over the month of July 2015, transfer values (as measured by the Xafinity Transfer Value Index) increased slightly, from £204,200 as at 30 June 2015 to £207,700 as at 31 July 2015.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 26

30% of pensioners still in debt

According to new research* from YouGov and leading wealth manager Old Mutual Wealth, almost one-third of retired people were still carrying debt at the point they gave up full time work. The research, to be published in Old Mutual Wealth’s Redefining Retirement study, revealed that the average amount of debt held at the point of retirement is £34,500, however 19% of people had debts of over £50,000 and almost one in ten had debts of over £100,000.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 26

Towers Watson strengthens UK retirement consulting team

Towers Watson has announced that Ann Flynn will join its UK defined contribution (DC) pensions consulting team as a senior consultant with responsibility for leading the team’s business development activities. Formerly an independent consultant, Ann ran her own consultancy practice since leaving Standard Life in 2013 where she was Head of Workplace Distribution Proposition. Prior to this Ann held business development, marketing and consultancy roles at a number of financial services organisations, including Scottish Widows and AEGON Scottish Equitable.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 26

Hymans Robertson on impact of market movement for DB schemes

UK private sector pensions deficits widen by £30bn in one day due to fears of a global slowdown, says John Walbaum, Partner and Head of Investment Consulting at Hymans Robertson:
Posted on Tuesday Aug 25

Research shows uncertainty over future of state pension

As the Government sets out to introduce a new single tier state pension, new research from pension provider Aegon UK reveals that only 4% of financial advisers think the state pension will remain in its current form in 30 years’ time, raising questions about the security of what is a financial lifeline for millions in the UK.
Posted on Monday Aug 24

Growing number of providers to close doors on SME's for AE

Over three quarters (77%) of advisers anticipate that growing numbers of pension providers will not offer their auto enrolment schemes to businesses with fewer than 30 employees, according to research* conducted by independent financial researcher Defaqto on behalf of NOW: Pensions.
Posted on Monday Aug 24

Scottish Widows launch corporate pensions reporting service

Scottish Widows has launched a corporate pension reporting service for employers, offering tailored information for business’ corporate pension schemes and further strengthening its governance framework.
Posted on Thursday Aug 20

Grant Thornton strengthens pensions advisory team

Grant Thornton has strengthened its pensions advisory team, with the appointment of Ramona Jones and Zoe O'Donnell, who both join the firm with immediate effect.
Posted on Thursday Aug 20

Prudential Retirement in longevity reinsurance deal with L&G

Prudential Retirement Insurance and Annuity Company has completed its second longevity reinsurance transaction with Legal & General. The latest transaction will cover $2.9 billion of pension liabilities for retirees insured by Legal & General’s pension bulk annuity business.
Posted on Thursday Aug 20

Research shows Pension Freedoms customers may be losing out

Royal London calls for refinements to the Retirement Risk Warnings to continue to improve consumer decision making and choice when accessing their pension funds.
Posted on Thursday Aug 20

LPFA announce Sir Merrick Cockell as acting Chairman

The London Pensions Fund Authority today announced that Sir Merrick Cockell will take over as its acting Chairman. The position is a natural progression for Sir Merrick, who joined the LPFA Board in October 2010 and, as its Deputy Chairman since January 2013, has steered the organization through much of its strategic shift. The LPFA recently announced its intention to move forward with a £10bn partnership with Lancashire County Pension Fund, which will initially be known as the Lancashire and London Pensions Partnership (LLPP).
Posted on Thursday Aug 20

Next great shake-up: Pensions ISA may cause serious damage

Andy James, head of retirement planning, Towry: The Chancellor’s Summer Budget mooted a second radical shake-up of the pensions system in successive Parliaments, with George Osborne suggesting that pensions could be ‘taxed like ISAs’ – i.e. that your taxed income can be put into retirement savings and never be taxed again.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 19

Jelf EB launch AEase Lite to support micro businesses

To complement its existing Auto Enrolment consultancy solution, AEase, Jelf Employee Benefits has today announced the launch of AEase Lite, an affordable service for employers with fewer than 30 employees. The new scheme launches ahead of the significant spike in companies that need to comply with their employer duties, with the Pensions Regulator estimating 1.8 million still needing to stage.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 19

P2P - Silver Spenders’ set to fuel UK’s economic recovery

The new colour of money is fifty five shades of grey, according to new research by Zopa, which becomes the UK’s first peer-to-peer lender to pass £1 billion in lending – with 57% of funds lent coming from over-55s. The findings highlight the spending power of Britain’s over-55s in the wake of relaxed pension legislation which came into effect in April.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 18

Hedging interest rate risk to improve pension funding levels

Hedging interest rate risk can provide a significant protection to scheme funding levels according to new analysis from Punter Southall Investment Consulting, which shows that schemes which hedged 50% of their interest rate risk over the past five years would have funding levels 10% higher than if they hadn’t hedged that risk.
Posted on Monday Aug 17

Advisers commit to 2016 AE market despite lower volumes


Posted on Monday Aug 17

Don’t over-egg the AE challenge employers, says NEST

Recent reports suggests that many small and micro employers haven’t got to grips with staging dates or chosen their pension provider yet. However NEST research shows that awareness of auto enrolment is high. Getting to grips with auto enrolment may be easier than they think
Posted on Monday Aug 17

Mayor of London appoints Edi Truell to key pensions role

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has appointed Edi Truell as his Advisor on Pensions and Investments, to drive forward collaboration between public sector pension funds and invest the proceeds in infrastructure and housing in London and across the country.
Posted on Friday Aug 14

Hymans Robertson on tPR's guidance on monitoring covenant

Commenting on tPR’s publication of regulatory guidance for DB schemes on how to assess and monitor covenant, Barry Mack, Partner and Head of Governance at Hymans Robertson, said:
Posted on Friday Aug 14

Pensions Regulator covenant guidance - comment from JLT

The Pensions Regulator has published today a new employer covenant guidance for defined benefits schemes. Charles Cowling, Director, JLT Employee Benefitscomments:
Posted on Thursday Aug 13

Deloitte comments on tPR's guidance on employer covenant

Simon Kew, from pensions advisory at Deloitte comments on the today’s guidance from the Pensions Regulator (TPR) on how to assess and monitor employer covenant:
Posted on Thursday Aug 13

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