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Hymans Robertson publish Getting Ready for TCFD guide

Hymans Robertson has published a new interactive guide to help pension trustees understand the requirements of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures “TCFD” ahead of regulations for pension schemes coming into force on 1 October.
Posted on: Monday Aug 2

FTSE350 pension scheme deficits increase as liabilities rise

Mercer’s Pensions Risk Survey data shows that the accounting deficit of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes and other post-retirement benefit plans for the UK’s 350 largest listed companies rose by £13bn over the course of July, standing at £85bn at the end of the month, an increase from £72bn at the end of June.
Posted on: Monday Aug 2

FCA Consumer Duty must also have clarity for firms

PIMFA, the trade association for wealth management, investment services and the investment and financial advice industry, welcomes the introduction of a new Consumer Duty by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) but the new duty must be accompanied with greater clarity over any new regulatory expectations placed on firms and a reasonable assessment of firms’ ability to discharge their obligations under the duty.
Posted on: Monday Aug 2

Tik Tok is the clock ticking for pension communications

At a recent DC team meeting, one of our new graduates presented on the history and features of Tik Tok. I must admit that while I use social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – I’ve only seen limited amounts of Tik Tok videos. And where I have seen content, it’s generally been of dogs or sea shanties! It got me thinking, could Tik Tok – or whatever is the next “big thing” in social media - be the answer to introducing a younger generation to the importance of saving for their future?
Posted on: Monday Aug 2

Dalriada appoints Jessie Wilson as a Professional Trustee

Dalriada Trustees has today announced the appointment of Jessie Wilson as a professional trustee. Jessie joins Dalriada from Baillie Gifford, where she was a Director working in the firm’s US Financial Intermediaries team. Prior to this, she held the role of Client Services Manager at the firm, working as a Global ex-US equity product specialist with a broad range of pension scheme and endowment clients.
Posted on: Monday Aug 2

Retirement adequacy just what is enough

I have highlighted before that while automatic enrolment (AE) has led to increasing numbers of people with pension saving, most are still not saving enough. This month the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) published a report on retirement adequacy and I make no apology for returning to the subject again. Achieving adequacy for the population as a whole is, in my opinion, the biggest challenge to retirement policy given the shift from income-based defined benefit saving to capital-based defined contributions.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Monday Aug 2

Governments improvements to Flood Re

John Alexander, Managing Director of Aquobex in reaction to theGovernment announcement for record investment into more than 1000 flood schemes and improvements to flood insurance.
Posted on: Friday Jul 30

TPR and FCA Pensions Consumer Journey and the call for input

Commenting on the joint TPR and FCA Pensions Consumer Journey: Call for Input, Kathryn Fleming, Partner, Hymans Robertson says:
Posted on: Friday Jul 30

Reuters Events launch The Future of Insurance Europe 2021

In such an intense period of change for the industry, the focus has shifted to the immense reward that awaits those that succeed in transforming their business. We cannot achieve revolutionised insurance alone. Reuters Events: The Future of Insurance Europe 2021 (4-5th November, Online) connects 1,000+ CEOs, C-Suites, and senior thought leaders from across the European insurance community to align visions and transform the industry together.
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Posted on: Friday Jul 30

PASA to lead matching dashboard users to pensions

PASA to lead the development of conventions for matching dashboard users to their pensions, with the PLSA and the ABI, supported by regulators and administration software providers
Posted on: Friday Jul 30

Lesley Alexander re elected President of the PMI

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) is pleased to announce the successful re-appointment of Lesley Alexander as its President with effect from its 45th Annual General Meeting on 29th July 2021. Lesley will remain Chair of the Advisory Council as well as in her Board position as Non-Executive Director (NED).
Posted on: Friday Jul 30

FCA data on PII costs

commentary from Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon, on data from the FCA highlighting PII costs disproportionately impact smaller advice firms, as well as positive news that the total number of advised clients has grown on 2019.
Posted on: Friday Jul 30

Global InsurTech funding up to almost USD5bn in Q2

Global investment in the InsurTech sector reached an emphatic record during H1, 2021, as half-year funding of US$7.4 billion exceeded full-year investment in 2020, and in every other year, according to the new Quarterly InsurTech Briefing from Willis Towers Watson.
Posted on: Thursday Jul 29

Mental health and cybersecurity are top people related risks

Rapid changes to working conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have exposed gaps in the ability of organisations to respond to risks associated with their workforces, according to a new report by Mercer Marsh Benefits (MMB). Conducted a year after the declaration of the pandemic, UK respondents in the global survey of over 1,300 HR and risk management professionals ranked deteriorating mental health; cybersecurity, and talent attraction, retention and engagement as the top people-related risks facing firms.
Posted on: Thursday Jul 29

Funding position for UK DB pensions remains resilient

The funding status for the UK’s 5,300 corporate defined benefit (DB) pension schemes remains in a surplus position in July, in spite of increased market volatility, according to the PwC Pension Funding Index.
Posted on: Thursday Jul 29

Summer of sport sees injury claims soar

Well over a third (35%) of UK adults have taken up new hobbies in the past 12 months, according to new research from MetLife UK. More than one in five (22%) Brits have taken up one new hobby, whilst one in eight (13%) have taken up multiple hobbies.
Posted on: Thursday Jul 29

BlackRock and MaPS expand support for Nest Insight

Nest Insight has announced new support for its workplace emergency savings research programme. Building on the learnings from its ongoing sidecar savings trial, Nest Insight will now embark on testing whether an opt-out joining mechanism could enable many more people who want to save through payroll to get started.
Posted on: Thursday Jul 29

Pension schemes must act now on climate before its too late

In October 2021, new regulations from the Department for Work and Pensions will compel many large pension schemes to report in line with recommendations from the Taskforce for Climate Related Disclosure (TCFD). This means schemes will have to publish significantly more detailed climate data covering holdings, risk management, governance and other metrics.
Posted on: Thursday Jul 29

7 pension organisations sign for Pensions Dashboards

The Pensions Dashboards Programme (PDP) announces the successful recruitment of seven major pension organisations to its initial Alpha test phase of pensions dashboards. A number of software providers, insurers and third party administrators will work with the Programme and the successful central digital architecture supplier in the key Develop and Test phase of the programme.
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 28

Consultation is taking Consolidation too far too fast

Taking consolidation further and faster, as proposed in the DWP Consultation on the Future of the DC pension market: the case for greater consolidation, would be counter-productive and reduce competition and innovation claims Hymans Robertson, the leading pensions and financial services consultancy, in its response to the proposals.
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 28

Women hit by gender pension gap at every stage of career

Gender pension gap is 17% at the beginning of women’s careers and reaches 56% at retirement compared to men. Average pension pot of a woman at retirement (£10,000) found to be less than half that of a man (£21,000). Stark pension gap even in female-dominated industries
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 28

Agenda and Speakers for Commercial Lines Innovation Europe

According to market researcher Valuates Reports, the worldwide commercial insurance market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of 8.5% by 2028, reaching a value of more than $1.22 trillion. Innovation is at the heart of this growth. But how do you know which technologies are worth investing in? And how is the landscape shifting? Check out Intelligent Insurer’s Commercial Lines Innovation Europe Virtual Event (October 11–13) to find out.
Posted in: Articles
Posted on: Wednesday Jul 28

TPR figures show funding progress despite interest rates

The TPR have released their latest Scheme Funding Analysis which looks at the funding trends of schemes with valuation dates from September 2018 to September 2019.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 27

Six in ten consumers puzzled by their pension pots

The nation is struggling to understand how much money is in their pension pot and how much they need to retire, according to new research released today from digital pension provider Penfold.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 27

Hymans Robertson announces new Head of GAP for LGPS

Hymans Robertson has appointed Susan Black into the new role of Head of GAP (Governance, Administration and Projects) within its LGPS team. Against a backdrop of structural and regulatory change and enhanced scrutiny from Scheme stakeholders, Susan will lead and develop the services offered by the leading pensions and financial services consultancy’s expert team of integrated Governance, Administration and Projects specialists to support LGPS its clients.
Posted on: Tuesday Jul 27

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