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Pensions cold calling ban a start for preventing scams, but not the end

Government’s latest efforts to prevent pensions scams through cold calling as progress is welcomed, but the fight very much continues to help protect members’ benefits. Michael De Souza, Technical and Compliance Manager at Trafalgar House.

Contributor: Michael De Souza | Published: 29 August 2017

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DB crisis is “over exaggerated”

Quantum Advisory, the leading pensions, benefits and actuarial firm, today argued that the ‘crisis’ in the Defined Benefit industry is being over exaggerated. Commenting, Partner Phil Farrell.

Contributor: Phil Farrell | Published: 14 August 2017

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Pension inertia rife across UK

Half of companies are not personalising pension communication 97 percent of UK companies are currently experiencing significant pension inertia within their workforce, according to a study of over 100 organisations by LifeSight, Willis Towers Watson’s UK DC Master Trust. Commenting on the findings, David Bird, Head of Proposition Development at LifeSight.

Contributor: David Bird | Published: 10 August 2017

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Pension Regulator bares its teeth on AE compliance

The Pension Regulator has released auto-enrolment commentary and analysis for the year up to 31st March 2017. From Nathan Long - Senior Pension Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

Contributor: Nathan Long | Published: 3 August 2017

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Most of Britain’s self-employed have no personal pension

The latest Drewberry Wealth & Protection Survey reveals that, although the ranks of the self-employed continue to swell, the average self-employed Briton is falling far behind in terms of their earnings, pension and insurance provision.

Contributor: Tom Conner | Published: 31 July 2017

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Rules on collection of pension freedom data finalised

The FCA has confirmed rules on how and when it will collect data about those accessing their pensions. From Nathan Long – Senior Pension Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

Contributor: Nathan Long | Published: 24 July 2017

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Restoring confidence in pensions – a huge undertaking

The FCA’s interim report on its Retirement Outcomes Review makes for worrying reading. One of the few encouraging findings is that people don’t seem to be freeing their pensions savings to buy Lamborghinis. Claire van Rees, partner at Sackers, comments on the interim findings of the FCA’s Retirement Outcomes Review:

Contributor: Claire van Rees | Published: 18 July 2017

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Partial transfers – standard for DB schemes

A new report from LV=, ‘Balancing flexibility and security - Why partial transfers should be a standard option’, encourages defined benefit (DB) trustees to make partial transfers a standard option for their members due to the mix of income security and flexibility these can offer. Mary Stewart, Head of Corporate Solutions at LV=.

Contributor: Mary Stewart | Published: 8 July 2017

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The results are in – pension polices stuck in limbo

The results for the UK general election have been announced. Despite failing to win a majority, the Conservatives have secured support from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and will remain in power.

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 22 June 2017

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Pensions & savings need a serious shake up

Our pension and savings system is vital for the long term prosperity of tens of millions of ordinary savers and investors. For some it has worked very well, however for others it still appears complex and difficult to navigate. Hargreaves Lansdown is publishing a manifesto for savers and investors. Comment Tom McPhail, Head of Policy.

Contributor: Tom McPhail | Published: 19 June 2017