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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

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UK DC pensions failing to scale

The UK has nearly 36,000 trust-based DC pension schemes, over 90 percent of which are tiny (with fewer than 12 members).

Contributor: . | Published: 11 March 2017

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Government green paper on pension “does nothing” says union

The government’s green paper on the security and sustainability of defined benefit pension schemes shows there is no coherent, long-term policy for tackling the challenges facing occupational pensions provision, Prospect union warned today. Comment from Prospect union deputy general secretary Dai Hudd.

Contributor: Dai Hudd | Published: 26 February 2017

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Response to Government consultation on DB pensions

The DWP has this morning published its consultation on possible reforms to Defined Benefits pension schemes. The paper focuses on four broad areas of possible reform; Funding and Investment; Employer Contributions and Affordability; Member Protection; and Consolidation of Schemes. From Tom McPhail, Head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdowne.

Contributor: Tom McPhail | Published: 23 February 2017

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Consolidation to shrink eye-watering number of pension schemes

The Pension Regulator has released data on Trust based defined contribution pension schemes - a type of pension that accounts for 41 percent of active pension members. The release shines a light on some key themes. From Nathan Long – Senior Pension Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

Contributor: Nathan Long | Published: 6 February 2017