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Blog: August 2014 Archive

How to avoid being a victim of pension liberation

Pension scams are on the increase, despite HMRC making it harder for bogus pension schemes to operate and TPR re-launching its public awareness campaign.

FRC proposes amendments to FRS102 to address confusion

Exposure draft confirms schedule of contributions will not need to be recognised as additional liability under accounting standard FRS102

What is a GMP?

GMPs apply to members of contracted out salary related pension schemes who were contracted out of the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme prior to 6 April 1997.

Inflation measure downgrade casts further doubt on pension increases

CPIH’s loss of national statistic status means some schemes may need to look once again at their pension increase rules

Bank of England discussion paper: Procyclicality

The full name of this paper is “Procyclicality and structural trends in investment allocation by insurance companies and pension funds: A Discussion Paper by the Bank of England and the Procyclicality Working Group”.

Growing numbers of self-employed increasingly becoming a 'lost tribe'

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.

Three ways in which we help keep your personal data secure

To run a scheme efficiently we need to hold a lot of personal and financial information, and the security of that data is paramount. Our blog looks at three ways to help keep that data secure.

The bulk annuity market continues to go from strength to strength in 2014

According to research by Barnett Waddingham, UK insurers completed bulk annuity transactions totalling around £2.5bn in Quarter 2 of 2014.

Reducing DB deficits costs FTSE350 37p in every £1

Our annual FTSE350 research has shown that firms pay 37p out of every £1 they spend on pension provision on reducing existing DB pension deficits.

What is commutation?

The ability to take a tax free lump sum on retirement has long been a popular feature of pension arrangements. Commutation is defined as giving up part or all of the pension payable from retirement in exchange for an immediate lump sum.

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