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CDCs will be a culture shock to UK pension choice

By Kate Smith, Regulatory Strategy Manager at Aegon UK
2014 was already shaping up to be a pivotal year in pension reform, but with an election fast approaching, the Pensions Minister Steve Webb, is showing no sign of slowing down the pace of change. The Queen’s Speech contained a proposal to enable UK employers, from 2016, to set up new Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) schemes for their employees. The Private Pensions Bill will introduce a new pension legislative framework later this year. This will set out the definitions for three different categories of ‘pension promise’ schemes for individuals in the savings phase. A scheme will be either Defined Contribution (DC), Defined Benefit (DB) or, the new ‘middle way’, Defined Ambition (DA).
Under DC schemes, including personal pensions, individuals bear all the risks including investment, inflation and longevity, whereas under DB schemes the employer bears all the risks of a pension promise. The new legislation, for DA schemes and the new CDCs, will allow greater risk sharing between employees and employers, which should drive market innovation. Over time it’s possible that very different DA models could develop, but this depends to a large extent on employer de...Read More

Are we giving auto enrolment a fighting chance?

By David White, Managing Director of Creative Auto Enrolment

It has been a busy year for the pensions market. Not only have we seen thousands of businesses stage for auto enrolment, we’ve also seen pensions come to the forefront of national debate.

Since October 2012, when the first employers staged for auto enrolment, we have seen at least ten changes, or proposed changes, to pensions; from the scrapping of compulsory annuities to the reduction of the lifetime and annual allowances. Although these changes are designed to be improvements, they betray contrad...Read More

The importance of being guided

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

Currently, it feels like if you blink you’ll miss another new development in the pensions landscape. Whilst the industry is still coming to terms with the Retail Distribution Review, the legacy review announced by the FCA and of course the big game changer that is auto-enrolment, the Chancellor announced further changes in his Budget – and then still more were revealed in the recent Queen’s Speech.

The changes announced as part of the Budget centred on radical plans to give people more freedom in how they take their benefits...Read More

Grumpy Old Pension Men: 26 April 2013

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