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Cascading pension death benefits without the probate wait

Tucked away in the 2018 Autumn Budget, you’d be forgiven for missing the relatively unnoticed amendment to probate fees. We’ve covered the most pressing matters for clients on the treatment of pension death benefits.

Spot the conflict and boost your governance step counter

Conflicts of interest have long been part of the trustee/employer environment. However, the scope and meaning of what type of conflicts could arise has developed and broadened as governance best practice evolved.

ACDC: avoiding the highway to financial hell

If you can just help your workers save that little bit and take away their financial stop signs, you could take them off the “highway to hell” and help them towards that goal of “livin’ easy, livin’ free” and they will be indebted to you. How do you get there?

The defined benefit pension odyssey

Defined Benefit (DB) pension plans are entering a new phase in their decades-long journey from valuable employee benefit to legacy financial arrangement. Taking the analogy of a journey further than any firm had dared go before, we led delegates of the FT’s inaugural CFO Dialogues event, in November, on a space-themed tour of this peculiar universe.

The actuarial small print

“Your statutory rights are unaffected”, “subject to approval”, “terms and conditions apply”; there is plenty of small print in our lives. TAS 100 isn't just small print for actuaries though: it's a key part of a framework of professional standards.

The pros and cons of a bonus culture

A successful relationship is based around the fair generation and sharing of effort and value - and that includes remuneration. Bonus payments are probably the biggest ‘bone of contention’ for employees in terms of who does and doesn’t receive them.

Trustees to consider ESG factors

ESG, SRI, ethical investing are often used interchangeably; but actually they are different and these differences affect how client portfolios should be designed and which investments are appropriate for meeting a client’s objectives.

Incentive plans: Why share price volatility matters

Volatility is a particularly subjective assumption which can have a significant impact on the value placed on share-based awards – affecting both the design and accounting value of the awards.

Engaging millennials with benefits: a guide for employers

In order for any organisation to be successful, it needs a benefit strategy and supporting policies in place that cover the needs of a diverse workforce. It’s been said lots of times before that a one size fits all approach really doesn’t cut it anymore.

2018 in Pensions

2018 a year to remember? Whilst Brexit and other world-changing events were going on, the pensions industry was embarking on its own journey into unchartered territory as it continues to develop to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

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