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Demand for ESG criteria in pension scheme investment choices soars

New research from Buck, the integrated HR, pensions, and employee benefits consulting, technology, and administration services firm, has found that 67% of companies now expect to include environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria in their pension scheme investment choices. The findings are part of Buck’s new whitepaper on employer attitudes toward defined contribution (DC) pension schemes, DC Pensions: The Big Picture.

Contributor: Mark Pemberthy, Benefits Consulting Leader - Buck | Published: 28 March 2023

Part-time working in retirement is rising

New research from Royal London, the UK’s largest mutual life, pensions and investment company, found that to weather this economic storm, the 55+ generation are looking to further options outside of their pensions to fund their retirement and allow them to make the most of it.

Contributor: Pauline McMahon, Royal London | Published: 5 December 2022

FAQs about consolidating pensions

With one in three (33%) pension savers worrying about lost or forgotten funds, consolidating your pensions into one pot is something that many may want to consider. WEALTH at work looks at some of the key questions employees should keep in mind...

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director - WEALTH at work | Published: 2 September 2022

Pensions require action not lethargy from UK employees and employers

Aon's DC pensions and financial wellbeing research 2021 reveals lethargy from UK employees and employers about pensions and financial wellbeing. While one in three employees say nothing is preventing them from saving more, employers are being urged to further support their workforces in this area.

Contributor: Martin Parish, UK Lead, Workplace Pensions & Financial Wellbeing - Aon | Published: 23 September 2021

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What tops the pensions wishlist?

To mark Pensions Awareness Day 2021, Howden Employee Benefits; Wellbeing shares  three wishes for driving better workplace pensions and member outcomes: data-driven governance, greener pensions, and better financial education.

Contributor: Matthew Gregson, Head of Corporate - Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing | Published: 21 September 2021

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Pensions, people are still confused and disengaged

Getting employees more engaged with their pensions remains a critical issue for businesses. Recent research[1] from Cushon, the workplace savings and investment platform, found that one of the biggest reasons for this is that pensions are far too complicated, with 66% of individuals stating this as a key factor.

Contributor: Steve Watson | Published: 26 July 2020

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Trouble with pensions is a lack of innovation

Recent research conducted by Smarterly, the workplace savings and investment platform, found that two thirds of employers think that pensions are far too complicated and providers are not innovating enough to offer new and progressive products.

Contributor: Steve Watson, head of proposition, Smarterly | Published: 4 May 2020

Pension savers aren’t being too quick on drawdown

Anyone using drawdown to provide income must understand and be comfortable with the fact their capital and income can fluctuate and they could end up running out of money entirely. They must also be comfortable with reviewing their drawdown plan regularly; we’d suggest following this ten point plan every year.

Contributor: Nathan Long, Senior Analyst - Hargreaves Lansdown: | Published: 5 February 2020

Employees face ticking time bomb as they approach retirement

Employees are often ill-prepared for the complex retirement challenges that lie ahead with many struggling to understand essentials such as tax, inflation risks or how investments and retirement income products work.

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director, WEALTH at work | Published: 27 January 2020