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Gender pension gap risks – long-term problems for society and businesses

Failure to address the EU’s substantial gender pension gap (40 percent), could cause long-term problems for businesses and governments alike, according to Mercer. Through its analysis, the consultancy found that the pension gap varies widely from one member state to another, however half have gaps of 30 percent or more*. Comment from Mandy Schreuder, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) consultant at Mercer.

Contributor: Mandy Schreuder | Published: 15 June 2017

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Pensions in the Labour Manifesto

The labour manifesto has been published. Pensions feature heavily as we expected from the leaked manifesto. From Tom McPhail - Head of Policy at Hargreaves Lansdown.

Contributor: Tom McPhail | Published: 17 May 2017

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Will LISA cause more pension saving confusion?

Two in five businesses expect the introduction of the Lifetime ISA to cause confusion among employees saving towards retirement. Jeanette Makings, Head of Financial Education at Close Brothers.

Contributor: Jeanette Makings | Published: 12 May 2017

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Millennials will need £1m pension pot to retire

A survey of 2,000 UK adults conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mazars found that around a third of millennials (those born between 1982 and 2000) believe they are facing a future where they will never have the opportunity to give up work completely.

Contributor: Liz Ritchie | Published: 11 May 2017

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Pension danger as poor data could derail dashboard

With the Dashboard prototype delivered to spec, to time and under budget, The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA), the independent body dedicated to driving up standards in pension administration, is urging the industry not to derail its positive progress with arguments over data.

Contributor: Geraldine Brassett | Published: 6 May 2017

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What has been the impact of pension freedoms and choice?

Now that it’s two years on since the introduction of the pension changes, please see comments below on the impact of this. Article from Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director, WEALTH at work.

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 29 April 2017

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“New charge”, warning for overseas pension holders

People with overseas pensions are urged to review their retirement savings, in the light of a new charge. From Trevor Simms, Founder and Managing Director of Birchwood Investment Management.

Contributor: Trevor Simms | Published: 21 April 2017

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Defined Benefit pension transfer risks

There is mounting evidence of significantly increased final salary scheme transfer activity taking place in recent months. Evidence of increased activity; Risks to investors Risks to industry; Four important tests to consider ahead of a transfer. What about employer insolvency or scheme failure; what about the high transfer values? From Tom McPhail, Head of policy, Hargreaves Lansdown.

Contributor: Tom McPhail | Published: 16 April 2017

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Slowdown in life expectancy could ease pension deficit

People are still living longer, but recent improvements are lower than previously expected. Insurers and reinsurers are beginning to reflect this emerging information. Comment from Glyn Bradley, Principal in Mercer’s Innovation, Policy and Research team.

Contributor: Glyn Bradley | Published: 31 March 2017