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Stopping the scorpion before it hatches

By Ben Fairhead, Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons & member of the Pension Liberation Industry Group

We have just slipped past the first anniversary of the Valentines Day launch of the "scorpion campaign", led by the Pensions Regulator, to raise awareness of pension liberation. As we do so, it is worth reflecting on whether we are any closer to stemming the flow of pension funds into suspected liberation outfits. One of the main developments during the past year has been a landmark case before the High Court considering whether set-ups used to liberate pension funds properly constituted occupational pension schemes at all.

High Court case

It was back in May of last year that Dalriada Trustees and Pi Consulting raised the question of whether certain liberation-suspected schemes, to which they had been appointed by the Pensions Regulator, might not be occupational pension schemes. This question arose out of inconsistent references in the scheme documentation. That, coupled with the establishing employers seemingly having an absence of employees, gave rise to sufficient doubts to merit determination by the Court.

The resulting decision in October last year was deliberately kept as focussed as possible upon the schemes before ...Read More

Annuity Switching – Does Steve Webb’s idea have legs?

By Tim Gosden, Head of Annuities at Legal & General

In a recent interview for the Daily Telegraph, Pensions Minister Steve Webb said that buying an annuity was a "lottery" that could affect pensioners' retirement income by 15% or 20%, in some cases. Drawing comparisons with mortgages where consumers can switch products and providers, the Minister went on to challenge why consumers shouldn’t also be able to change annuity providers and products a few years later if they could receive a bigger pension. In this month’s article I take a closer look at this challenge by Steve Webb and highlight some of t...Read More

The benefits of good governance

By Martin Palmer, Head of Proposition, Corporate Benefits - Friends Life

New Year resolutions have come and gone, and all the best made plans to sort out our personal finances are by now a distant memory. But research we conducted over the New Year period found that three quarters of people (75%) believe that financial planning will be important to them in 2014. Retirement income (32%) and pension savings (29%) are seen as the top financial planning concerns, ahead of other financial planning concerns such as credit card bills (23%).

We also found that the gulf between what men and women are saving and what they would need to sav...Read More

Grumpy Old Pension Men: 26 April 2013

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