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General election announcement – how will pensions fare?

Most commentators are suggesting that the election will be dominated by Brexit and the future of the United Kingdom outside the European Union. But there are many other domestic issues that the election campaign will also throw into focus. Pensions are likely to feature in a number of different respects.

Hard times? Leaving the EU and the impact on pension schemes

The implications of Brexit are likely to affect almost every facet of the wider economy. Liam Mayne, associate at Barnett Waddingham, examines the potential issues that will arise for employers in relation to defined benefit (DB) pension obligations.

Making predictions just got harder

Question marks over our ability to predict the future provided two of the highlights of our recent annual pensions conference. Senior Partner Nick Salter explores...

Why covenant comes first

Trustees are often given verbal assurances from their sponsors or parent companies that they will always be looked after. Such promises are not recognised by the Regulator who are increasingly looking to trustees for better standards of practice.

The three wise men pass judgement on auto-enrolment

Delegates at our recent Pensions Trustee conference had the opportunity to ask questions of three experts - Peter Askins, director at Independent Trustee Services, Robin Ellison, consultant at Pinsent Masons and our own senior consultant Malcolm McLean.

One bold step for DC trustees

Our Head of Workplace Health and Wealth Damian Stancombe discussed the enormous responsibility faced by trustees of defined contribution schemes - a job that often goes unappreciated. The decisions they make now will help determine the quality of retirement their members will have. Damian explores how research and engagement on short to medium term financial issues has got to be the starting point on that journey.

Q.R.T? N.S.T? H.E.L.P!

Struggling with the Solvency II quantitative reporting templates (QRTs) and UK National Specific Templates (NSTs)? John Hoskin sets out the information that firms need to consider when completing their submissions.

It’s disclosure Jim, but not as we know it

The majority of insurers will soon be publishing their first Solvency and Financial Condition Report (SFCR). We take a look at the SFCR’s published by firms with non-December year-ends and highlight lessons to be learnt.

PPF levy triennium: a fairer distribution between pension schemes?

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has released a consultation setting out its proposals for the 2018/19-2020/21 levy triennium. Overall the PPF’s proposals are intended to result in a fairer distribution of the PPF levy between pension schemes.

Spring Budget: MPAA reduced...despite calls to leave it unchanged

In a Policy Paper released after the Chancellor had delivered his Budget speech, the government states that it "believes that an MPAA of £4,000 would be fair and reasonable and should allow individuals who need to access their pension savings to rebuild them if they subsequently have opportunity to do so”.

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