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Retirement bucket lists revealed

Retirement Advantage, the retirement specialist, has asked the over 50s1 what they would most like to do when they retire and can now reveal the nation’s retirement bucket list.
Posted on Thursday Jul 28

New DC code underlines TPR’s expectations of trustees

The Pensions Regulator’s new code of practice for defined contribution (DC) pension schemes, which sets out the standards that pension trustees need to meet to comply with legislation, has come into force today.
Posted on Thursday Jul 28

The real impact of pension schemes on UK business

Barnett Waddingham's annual report exploring the impact of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes on companies within the FTSE350 has recently been released. Our analysis puts some context around the deficit figures that are a regular feature in the pensions press.
Posted on Thursday Jul 28

The Pensions Dashboard

Michael Johnson argues that merely providing information will not embed the forthcoming pensions dashboard into the consciousness of the general public.
Posted on Thursday Jul 28

LGIM invests in AE innovator Smart Pension

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has announced an investment and partnership with Smart Pension - - that will broaden its offering for small schemes that are going through the auto enrolment process.
Posted on Thursday Jul 28

Plumbing Pensions Issue - the Tip of the Iceberg

Recent press comment related to the Plumbing Federation Pension Scheme has once again highlighted the problems associated with the current Section 75 pensions legislation, however it is just the tip of a very large iceberg.
Posted on Thursday Jul 28

AE compliance encouraging but more to be done

Commenting on The Pension Regulator’s fourth annual commentary and analysis published today, Morten Nilsson CEO of NOW: Pensions said: “TPR’s latest report is encouraging reading. Auto enrolment is working and, for the most part, employers are aware of their duties and appear to be taking action.

Posted on Wednesday Jul 27

High compliance rates underpin success of AE

Automatic enrolment (AE) continues to bring more people into workplace pensions with pension saving again becoming the norm, according to a report published today.The Pensions Regulator’s fourth annual commentary and analysis shows how AE continues to help turn around the historic decline in pension provision. Two thirds of all employees are now active members of a pension scheme, compared with just 47% in 2012.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 27

630,000 self-employed relying on business to fund retirement

Rather than saving in a pension, 630,000* self-employed people in the UK view their business as their pension and plan to continue to work or rely on the proceeds from the sale of their business to cover their finances in later life, according to new research from Aegon’s fifth Readiness Report.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 27

Is there enough house to go around?

Long term growth in UK house prices and homeowners’ lasting attachment to their homes mean people are turning attention towards property wealth to help manage their finances and boost retirement incomes, according to the latest Aviva Real Retirement Report.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 27

New research identifies potential £50,000 boost to pensions

Royal London’s second Pensions Through The Ages Report, Feeling the Squeeze shows that, over a third (34%) of people aged 35 to 44 are Squeezed, saying that paying bills and meeting everyday commitments is a constant struggle. This equates to 2.4 million people UK wide. The research shows that they are focused on paying for the ‘here and now’, with retirement planning and saving close to the bottom of their list of financial priorities. With house prices rocketing and many at an age when they are considering or have started a family, other life-stage finances are their main priority.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 27

Aviva’s Real Retirement Report: Over 55s Quarterly Index

Barely one in three (36%) unretired over-55s had started their retirement planning during Q2 2016: the lowest percentage since Aviva’s Real Retirement Report began tracking this data two years ago, the latest report reveals.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 27

Almost 1 in 7 over-65s boost pensions by working

Nearly one in seven over-65s are boosting their retirement income by working, earning around £296 in addition per week, MetLife’s analysis of pensioners’ income statistics* shows.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 26

PLSA comments on Work & Pensions BHS report

Commenting on the Work and Pensions and Business, Innovation and Skills Committee's report on BHS, Graham Vidler, Director of External Affairs, PLSA, said:
Posted on Monday Jul 25

Club Vita & L&G to bring longevity insurance to mainstream

Club Vita, the specialist longevity information service, is teaming up with Legal & General to bring automated longevity insurance pricing to Defined Benefit (DB) pension schemes. The new service, known as VitaHedge, automatically delivers tailored indicative pricing to each of the 200+ schemes supporting Club Vita.
Posted on Monday Jul 25

BHS Pensions - comment from Steve Webb, Royal London

Commenting on the report of the DWP and BIS Select Committees, Steve Webb, Director of Policy at Royal London said:
Posted on Monday Jul 25

Brexit set to push retirement affordability to the brink

Analysis from Hymans Robertson has shown an increase of 10% of Defined Contribution (DC) savers are now unlikely to meet their retirement income target as a result of Brexit. The latest figures from Hymans’ analysis of over 500,000 DC savers show that 75% of savers are now set to miss their target. With an increase in those set to miss their retirement target, savers will now have to save up to as much as 22% of their salary into their pension.
Posted on Friday Jul 22

Boom in older workers shows importance of retirement income

Analysis of figures from the ONS by Just Retirement reveals that the number of people still in employment over the age of 65 peaked last year at 1.2m. The analysis of figures published on Wednesday reveals that number has tripled since 2002, but there was no growth for the 10 previous years.
Posted on Friday Jul 22

Scottish Widows: IGC's 'value for money' survey

Scottish Widows commissioned ORC International to conduct the first in-depth consumer research into ‘value for money’, as part of its Independent Governance Committee’s call for an industry-wide benchmarking of pension providers by their customers.
Posted on Thursday Jul 21

PPF reports strong position in Annual Report and Accounts

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has reported a strong financial position and healthy balance sheet in its 2015/16 Annual Report and Accounts.

Posted on Thursday Jul 21

Hymans Robertson comment on DC standards report from TPR

TPR’s latest research report on standards in defined contribution (DC) schemes examines whether DC schemes are fulfilling the standards set out in TPR’s new DC code, due to come into effect later this month.
Posted on Thursday Jul 21

Fall in winter death rate shows longevity risk to pensions

There were fewer deaths in winter 2015/2016 than in winter 2014/2015, according to data from the Office of National Statistics analysed by Mercer. The data shows that 167,236 people died in the 14 weeks up to, and including, February 27th 2015 compared to 148,483 in the 14 weeks up to, and including, February 26th 2016. According to the consultancy, the 11% difference highlights the unpredictable nature of life expectancy, how it is impacted by external events and the risks that it poses to company pension schemes and finances.
Posted on Thursday Jul 21

Trustees: Redouble your efforts on governance standards

The Pensions Regulator is urging pension trustees to focus on driving up standards of governance and administration in their schemes, in order to increase the likelihood that members receive a good outcome from their retirement savings.
Posted on Thursday Jul 21

Women fail to close savings gap one year on from Freedoms

10% of women in the UK are on track for the retirement income they aspire to have according to new research from Aegon UK*. While this has doubled since April 2015 (5%), it remains below the male average of 14%, highlighting that women, despite narrowing the gap, still have a long way to go to reach the same retirement readiness as their male counterparts.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 20

CFO's are eager to confront de-risking head on

Research released today from Hymans Robertson, the leading pensions, benefits and risk consultancy, has shown that CFOs and trustees have markedly different attitudes to pension scheme de-risking.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 20

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