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Another nail in the coffin of buy to let

Labour's tax proposals would drive another nail in the coffin of buy-to-let - pushing savvy savers towards pensions
Posted on Friday Nov 22

Whole of market annuity comparison service launched

Commissioned by Legal & General, Annuity Ready - a whole of market, online comparison service - has been developed and will be independently run by It is designed to help Legal & General customers secure the best available annuity rate from across the market and will provide them with an increased level of service, which goes beyond the current regulatory requirements. This service aims to help deliver better outcomes, by seamlessly allowing customers to search the market via Annuity Ready, if a better rate is available from another annuity provider.
Posted on Friday Nov 22

The Pensions Dashboard under Labour

Commenting on the Labour Party’s manifesto pledge for a publicly owned pensions dashboard, Paul Waters, Partner, Hymans Robertson says:
Posted on Friday Nov 22

Aegon and Royal London comment on the Labour Party manifesto

Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon comments:“Labour is currently leading the charge in terms of the generosity of state pension commitments. Keeping the state pension age at 66, cancelling the planned increase to age 67 and considering allowing earlier access to those in physically arduous or stressful occupations will be welcomed by those concerned over their ability to keep working longer and who lack sufficient workplace or private pensions to allow them to choose to retire before state pension age.
Posted on Thursday Nov 21

Comment on LibDems General Election manifesto

Comment from Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon following the publication of the Liberal Democrats’ 2019 general election manifesto*.
Posted on Thursday Nov 21

Is Age 70 the New Age 65

Following the release of the ONS report ‘Living longer: is age 70 the new age 65?’ Emma Byron, Managing Director at Legal & General Retail Retirement Income
Posted on Wednesday Nov 20

What is fuelling the pensions gender gap

Research from Aegon suggests that more than double the number of women (34%) compared to men (16%) don’t know how much they have saved in pensions.
Posted on Wednesday Nov 20

One in four have used property to provide income

Major new research by Just Group into how Britons think and feel about property – My Home, My future – reveals that overall one in four (25%) have or are using property to generate income but with significant regional differences.
Posted on Wednesday Nov 20

Third of over 50s do not have enough money for retirement

A third of over 50s say they don’t think they have enough money to provide them with sufficient income for their retirement, according to the latest research by Sunlife.
Posted on Tuesday Nov 19

Government to pay the pension tax bills of doctors

This evening (18th November) the government has broken the convention of not making official announcements during an election campaign by making an emergency announcement regarding doctors and the NHS pension scheme. The Government has indicated that it will be ‘paying the tax bills’ of doctors who are at risk of incurring large pension tax charges because of breaching tax relief limits. It is hoped that this will cause GPs and consultants who have been turning down additional work and additional responsibilities for fear of large tax bills to go back to taking on extra duties.
Posted on Tuesday Nov 19

Phoenix completes GBP144 million buy-in with Aegon

Phoenix Group announces that it has completed a £144 million bulk purchase annuity with the Trustee of the Aegon UK Staff Retirement and Death Benefit Scheme. The insurance policy covers around a quarter of the Scheme’s uninsured pensioner liabilities.
Posted on Monday Nov 18

Good Governance in the LGPS

Hymans Robertson has today published its phase II report from the working groups to SAB on Good Governance in the LGPS Phase II
Posted on Friday Nov 15

Capita is 50th organisation to join STAR initiative

Capita is the 50th organisation to support the STAR initiative, which aims to galvanise the industry in its goal of improving the outcomes for individuals wanting to transfer their assets, such as pensions and investments.
Posted on Friday Nov 15

Ninety year old women twice as likely to reach 100 as men

Analysis by retirement longevity specialist, Just Group, finds that women reaching a hundred in 2018 had around twice the probability of reaching three figures once they made it 90 compared to men, and represent an increasingly large proportion of the very old.
Posted on Thursday Nov 14

An alternative 7 point manifesto of policy proposals

The Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) has issued a manifesto of policy proposals they want to see in the political Parties’ manifestos, to be published later this month. The ACA believes that the public should be pre-advised of the Parties’ broad approaches on how they propose to boost pensions and savings outcomes and what major tax changes might be considered over the next 5 years that might influence individuals’ life-plans. The ACA also calls for Parties to commit to much-needed social care reform, reaching out to identify both a cross-party consensus and long-term approach.
Posted on Thursday Nov 14

Most people are not receiving the full State Pension

Most people reaching State Pension Age are not receiving the full State Pension according to new figures that highlight a continuing reliance on the importance of private pension income for meet basic living costs in retirement.
Posted on Thursday Nov 14

Latest fall in CPI is good news for state pensioners

The ONS publication shows that CPI inflation dropped from 1.7% to 1.5%, which is the lowest since November 2016. This is particularly good news for state pensioners in line for a 3.9% increase in their pension from next April. Please see commentary from Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon.
Posted on Wednesday Nov 13

BlackRock comment on the October PPF 7800 figures

Sion Cole, Head of UK Fiduciary Business, comments on the latest PPF 7800 Index figures.
Posted on Wednesday Nov 13

People in their 50s may not have sufficient pension savings

Most people in their 50s may not have sufficient pension savings to fund a comfortable retirement, according to research and analysis by Sunlife.
Posted on Wednesday Nov 13

Pension Protection Fund issue October 2019 PPF7800 Index

Pension Protection Fund issue October 2019 PPF7800 Index
Posted on Tuesday Nov 12

Aegon comment on the latest ONS labour market figures

comment from Steven Cameron, Pensions Director at Aegon, following the publication of the UK’s labour market figures by the ONS.
Posted on Tuesday Nov 12

Pensions and the General Election

A new policy paper from Royal London predicts ‘safety first’ policies on pensions in the manifestos of the major parties. The paper summarises the pensions policies of the parties as set out in their 2017 manifestos and reviews the major changes in the world of state and private pensions since then. It then looks at the major areas of pension policy such as the ‘triple lock’ on the state pension, state pension ages, pension tax relief and automatic enrolment and flags the key areas to look out for when the manifestos are published.
Posted on Monday Nov 11

Aegon comment on latest scam report from TPR and FCA

Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, on the latest pension scams campaign from TPR/FCA:
Posted on Friday Nov 8

A scam may mean 22 years of pension savings gone in 24 hours

Victims of pensions scams could lose 22 years’ worth of savings within 24 hours, according to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Posted on Friday Nov 8

Generation veXed solving the retirement puzzle

The Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) is today publishing Generation veXed: solving the retirement puzzle. This report, sponsored by Phoenix Group, explores the financial wellness of Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials, the risks they face in later life and how policy, industry and employer interventions could mitigate risk.
Posted on Thursday Nov 7

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