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Blog: February 2017 Archive

Money Purchase Annual Allowance reduction: more tinkering with pension tax rules

James Jones-Tinsley looks at the consultation on MPAA reduction and asks if the Chancellor is solving a problem that doesn’t exist – and creating real ones in the process.

Green Paper raises interesting questions but avoids setting a radical agenda

The defined benefit pensions Green Paper contains some interesting suggestions, particularly on funding for distressed schemes – however, it concludes that there are no systemic failings with the current model.

Credit where accreditation's due

We were delighted to become one of only two third-party administrators to achieve PASA Accreditation in January, but the process was far from easy. David Connell offers his inside view on the process and explains why this is such a prestigious accolade.

Investment Conference 2017: Campbell, Brexit and ‘Trumpsomnia’

Our annual investment conference took place in January, with our much anticipated keynote speaker, Alastair Campbell, sharing his views on current political themes, all of which will be the major force on investment markets during 2017.

Cash flow aware investment

Does regular and reliable income as well as the scope for capital appreciation provided by illiquid assests really offer defined benefit (DB) funds the best of both worlds? We examine several considerations for trustees of DB plans in owning them.

The pros and cons of four alternative DC investment approaches

Trustees of DC schemes have never had more choice in the range of available investment options. Here we analyse the strength and weaknesses of four alternative approaches to passive global equities and diversified growth funds.

Interest rates to rise but no return to normal anytime soon

Speakers from BlackRock, Columbia Threadneedle and Insight Investments all predict little prospect of a normalisation in interest rates over the next year at our annual conference - Matt Tickle examines the forecast in more detail in his latest blog.

Employer contributions: what does 'wholly and exclusively' actually mean?

In his latest blog James Jones-Tinsley examines HMRC’s revised guidance surrounding employer contributions to registered pension schemes (including SIPPs and SSASs), and asks what does 'wholly and exclusively' really mean?

Play your FSCS cards right: deposit protection limit rises to £85,000

In our blog of just over a year ago, we advised that the FSCS deposit protection limit had been cut from £85,000 to £75,000 with effect from 1 January 2016. We look at why, with effect from 30 January 2017, this limit has risen back up to £85,000.

Now you can check your SIPP contributions online!

It's the time of year when people are asking themselves how much they/their company, can pay into their pension. SIPPs Online provides immediate access to SIPP accounts, helping individuals to make the right decisions based on the available information.

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