Investment opportunities for DC schemes set to expand

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) launched a wide-ranging consultation on facilitating investment by defined contribution (DC) pension schemes in illiquid assets. The consultation set out three main proposals designed to expand the investment options for occupational DC schemes to include more exposure to illiquid assets, such as small and medium-sized unlisted firms, social housing, green energy projects and other infrastructure – often collectively referred to as ‘patient capital’. The consultation period closes on 1 April 2019.

The real risks of freedoms

When pension freedoms first came into play there was no doubt that while they offered welcome flexibility, they also resulted in more risks that could severely impact on savers. In the four years since then we have found that, while the key risks were largely as predicted, the prevalence and resulting impact were not.

Skilled actuaries required

Since the upheaval of pension freedoms in 2015 when drawdown rules were relaxed and annuity sales declined, the role of actuaries in the DC space has been fairly limited. But things may be set to change with the advent of Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) schemes.Towards the end of 2018 the government opened a consultation on this new type of pension saving vehicle which has proved popular in places like the Netherlands.

A step change is expected for DB pension scheme funding

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