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How can pension freedoms benefit everyone?

Whilst it is reassuring that the highest rates of regulated advice use are from those that go into drawdown – 69 percent according to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), it is weighted towards those with larger pot sizes. Overall, accessing pension pots early has become the norm. The FCA found that 72 percent of pots that have been accessed are by consumers under 65 - most choosing to take lump sums rather than a regular income.

Article by: David Bird | Published: 26 November 2017

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Check performance of default DC pension funds

Employers selecting DC default investment funds for their workforce pensions assume they’re making a wise investment choice. However, a new report, ‘Who’s performing well?’ Article by Steve Butler, Chief Executive, Punter Southall Aspire.

Article by: Steve Butler | Published: 12 September 2017

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Recruitment and retention – how to make pensions pay

In 2016, employers contributed £42 billion[i] to UK workplace pension schemes.  A sum which is not inconsiderable and one that is only likely to increase as greater number of employees become automatically enrolled.  But apart from fulfilling your regulatory requirements, what is your company actually getting for your significant investment in the UK pensions industry? Article by Matthew Doyle, Managing Director of the Pensions Quality Mark (PQM). 

Article by: Matthew Doyle | Published: 9 September 2017

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How to manage pensions scheme change

This feature will take a look at the face of constant change involved in pension schemes and how HRDs can win buy-in from employees. It will look at the different types of change occurring as well as the key communication methods and procedures HRDs have to meet to make sure the transition is met smoothly. Article by Karen Partridge at AHC. She is Head of Client Services - UK & Australia.

Article by: Karen Partridge | Published: 24 August 2017

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Pensions regulator increases fines for audit errors

The Pension Regulator’s latest figures on auto-enrolment for the year up to 31st March revealed that it had significantly increased its inspections on businesses and it increased its use of powers to crack down on firms whose auto-enrolment schemes were found to be non-compliant. From Steve Butler, CEO - Punter Southall Aspire.

Article by: Steve Butler | Published: 6 August 2017

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Why don’t my employees care about their pension?

I was sitting with an employer last week talking through their efforts to get staff to plan for retirement. They had a generous pension scheme where employees contribute 3 percent and the employer will contribute 6 percent all the way up to a potential 6 percent employee and 12 percent employer. Article by Philip Blows, Director.

Article by: Philip Blows | Published: 18 March 2017

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Final salary schemes: stay in or cash out

Ian Price, Divisional Director for Pensions and Consultancy at St. James’s Place, comments on the increase in final salary pension transfer values as schemes look to offload liabilities.

Article by: Ian Price | Published: 27 January 2017