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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is it time for schemes to consider Pension Increase Exchange

A combination of rising inflation and greater regulatory clarity could mean now is the right time for DB pension schemes to consider offering a Pension Increase Exchange to their members, according to LCP partner Clive Harrison.
Posted on Monday Jul 26

Pensions see the need for formal member journey planning

Aon has said that more UK pension schemes are seeing the importance of developing forward-looking ‘member journey plans’ alongside those for funding and investment.
Posted on Friday Jul 23

Behavioural risks should not be too big to handle

LCP are urging trustees and pension scheme sponsors to take risks such as groupthink and behavioural biases seriously to ensure effective decision making and good member outcomes. In response to the growing importance of these issues, LCP have launched a new Behavioural Insights Hub which features practical tips and insights for trustees and sponsors.
Posted on Thursday Jul 22

Trustees must ask how climate ready is our pension scheme

Cartwright is urging trustees to answer the question “How Climate Ready is our pension scheme?” Adam Gregory, Head of Responsible Investment at Cartwright said: “When it comes to ESG and sustainable investing, the pensions industry is undoubtedly moving in the right direction, but there is much more that can be done if we want ESG, and climate change in particular, to become part of the DNA of pensions saving, a destination that much of the rest of the investment industry is fast moving towards.”
Posted on Thursday Jul 22

PASA launches journey to full eAdministration Guidance

The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA), the independent body dedicated to driving up standards in pensions administration, today announced the launch of ‘The Journey to Full eAdministration Guidance: People and Technology Working Together’.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 21

Resilient TPR supporting the industry in a year of lockdown

Despite the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) continued its clear, quick and tough approach to respond to the needs of the pensions industry and meet its objectives, according to its Annual Report and Accounts for 2020-21
Posted on Wednesday Jul 21

One in three over 40s plan to work past state pension age

New research from Canada Life has found that almost a third (31%) of UK homeowners over 40 who are not yet retired plan to work beyond their state pension age.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 21

HMRC legislation drafted on normal minimum pension age

HMRC has issued draft legislation around the increase in normal minimum pension age from 55 to 57 which is due to take place in April 2028. And specifically around the framework for pension savers who have a right to take their pension at a younger age
Posted on Tuesday Jul 20

Record 40bn transferred in a year nearly half in small pots

Origo transferred pensions to a value of over £40 billion for the year to the end of June, with a record number of transfers completed, demonstrating the Fintech’s capability and expertise in the market.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 20

Twelve point blueprint for new social care deal

Two years ago in his first speech as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson spoke outside Number 10 about his priority of fixing the UK’s social care crisis. Two years on, amid rumours of the Prime Minister and Chancellor yet to see eye to eye on the solution, there remains hope the Government could unveil its plans imminently with speculation that an NI increase will be used to fund the costs.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 20

Self employed Gen Xers could face dire retirement prospects

Research by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC) finds that self-employed Gen X workers are 5 times more likely to have no pension provision than other workers due to a lack of access to traditional pension schemes.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 20

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