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Barnett Waddingham acquires Harsant Pensions
August 2014
Barnett Waddingham has today announced that it has purchased Harsant Services Ltd (Harsant Pensions) for an undisclosed figure, in a deal which will see the firm add more than 400 SIPP and 70 SSAS cli...
Government survey results confirm success of auto-enrolment marketing
August 2014
A Government survey of working age adults (details of which have been published today) has found that almost three quarters of the population are aware of auto-enrolment, the flagship government polic...
Barnett Waddingham comments on suspended CPIH inflation measure
August 2014
The UK Statistics Authority has today revoked the National Statistic status of the “CPIH” inflation measure. CPIH was introduced in March 2013 to address perceived shortcomings in the Consumer Prices ...
The bulk annuity market continues to go from strength to strength in 2014
August 2014
According to research by Barnett Waddingham, UK insurers completed bulk annuity transactions totalling around £2.5bn in Quarter 2 of 2014. The figure for the first six months of 2014 was about £6.9bn,...
Barnett Waddingham launches new executive educational service
August 2014
Barnett Waddingham, the UK’s largest independent provider of actuarial and consultancy services has launched a pensions education service for employers looking to inform their senior-level staff on th...
Growing numbers of self-employed increasingly becoming a ‘lost tribe’ when it comes to retirement provision warns Malcolm McLean
August 2014
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this morning provide the good news that employment is continuing to rise and unemployment continuing to fall. There are 30.6 million people...
FTSE350 pays 37p out of every £1 spent on pensions to reduce DB deficits
August 2014
FTSE350 firms pay 37p out of every £1 they spend on pension provision on reducing existing defined benefit (“DB”) pension deficits, according to research conducted by pension consultants Barnett Waddi...
Malcolm McLean comments on DWP research report published today
August 2014
A DWP research report published today shows that 11.9m people of working age in the UK are failing to save enough for retirement but many only need make modest changes to safeguard their financial fut...
Barnett Waddingham expands investment consulting team with two new hires
August 2014
Barnett Waddingham, the UK’s largest independent provider of actuarial, administration and consultancy services, has appointed Simon Cohen and Rebecca Carse within in its investment consulting team. T...
Barnett Waddingham unveils ‘Illuminate’ online valuation tool
July 2014
Illuminate is now available to all Barnett Waddingham clients, who will also be able to access the tool online, to gain a greater understanding of the key dynamics underlying the risks in their DB sch...
Pensions Passport ‘time has come’ says Malcolm McLean
July 2014
Commenting on the possibility of the introduction of a ‘pensions passport’ to help individuals keep track of their pension pots, Malcolm McLean , senior consultant, Barnett Waddingham, says: “Keeping ...
Malcolm McLean comments on today’s government and FCA announcements
July 2014
The various statements from the Treasury and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) this morning have provided more detail on the pension freedoms announced in the last Budget. Commenting on the statem...
Barnett Waddingham welcomes government decision to not ban DB to DC transfers
July 2014
The government has announced today that it will not ban members of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes from transferring into defined contribution (DC) schemes to make use of the Budget freedoms, but...
Barnett Waddingham reacts to FCA's third thematic review of Sipps
July 2014
Following today’s FCA thematic review results and news of its letter to Sipp firm CEOs regarding 'unacceptable' due diligence failings, Andy Leggett , Head of SIPP Business Development, Barnett Waddin...
Auto-enrolment success could be the ‘lifeline’ the annuity market needs says Barnett Waddingham
July 2014
Commenting on today’s Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) report which shows that 8.5m people could be newly saving in a pension by 2030, Kim Durniat , partner, Barnett Waddingham, suggests that auto-enro...
Barnett Waddingham grows number of qualified actuaries to 127
July 2014
Barnett Waddingham, the UK’s largest independent firm of actuaries and consultants has grown its total number of qualified actuaries to 127. The firm has announced today that six of its staff are newl...
Man with a plan
July 2014
Barnett Waddingham’s senior partner, Nick Salter recently became the new president of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). The July 2014 edition of The Actuary features a profile article on ...
Barnett Waddingham launches ‘Flexible SIPP’
July 2014
New product offers the ‘best of both worlds’ Barnett Waddingham, a leading SIPP provider, has today announced the launch of its new ‘Flexible SIPP’. The development and launch of the Barnett Waddingha...
Malcolm McLean weighs up the pro and cons of an Income Tax and NI merger
June 2014
Commenting on today’s news that income tax and National Insurance (NI) could be merged by a future Conservative government, Malcolm McLean , senior consultant, Barnett Waddingham considers the argumen...
Barnett Waddingham report added to PPF Levy website
June 2014
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has uploaded the Barnett Waddingham report ‘Understanding the Impact of Change in Insolvency Risk Model’ to the Pension Protection Levy Consultation section of its we...
New state pension will not provide you with a comfortable retirement on its own
June 2014
Speaking at Barnett Waddingham's Pensions Outlook Seminar in Manchester today, senior consultant Malcolm McLean said it was important for both advisers and individuals not to over-estimate the value o...
Barnett Waddingham named 2014 M&A Actuarial Consultants of the Year
June 2014
Barnett Waddingham has been named Actuarial Consultants of the Year at the Acquisition International 2014 M&A Awards for a second successive year. The 2014 M&A Awards aim to recognise excellence in al...
Barnett Waddingham comments on government's response to consultation on reshaping workplace pensions.
June 2014
Commenting on today’s government response to the consultation on reshaping workplace pensions, Danny Wilding , partner, Barnett Waddingham, says: “It’s good to see the speed of progress being made wit...
Barnett Waddingham FTSE100 survey reveals first increase in pensions discount rate since 2008
June 2014
Pension consultants Barnett Waddingham’s annual survey of pension disclosures made by FTSE100 companies has revealed that the average IAS19 discount rate for pension obligations has increased by 0.1 p...
Employers are increasingly seeking pension advice for senior members of staff says Barnett Waddingham
June 2014
The ever changing world of pensions and the massive increase in flexibility around access to pensions from next year will mean more and more employers will seek ways of providing face to face guidance...