The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) issued a White Paper earlier this year, explaining their proposals for increasing protections for defined benefit (DB) pension scheme members and making improvements to the system.
Aon released their report commissioned by the Scheme Advisory Board, identifying potential issues surrounding the participation of Tier 3 employers in the LGPS. We’ve set out some of the key issues and findings.
With-profits funds offered by UK insurers have had a poor reputation since the near-collapse of Equitable Life, with many depicted as “zombie” funds producing poor investment returns. But, this just isn’t the case for the majority of funds.
Many employers want to do the right thing by their employees by providing benefits such as Group Private Medical Insurance (PMI), but increasingly cost is the key factor when considering the ongoing viability of cover.
Given the focus on pensions in recent budgets, we were all hoping that the Chancellor would leave public sector pensions alone. Largely this was the case in last week's budget.
Defined benefit pension schemes are widely acknowledged to be in decline and entering an era of run-off. However as is often the case with pensions, the timeframe over which this is expected to play out is, shall we say, a little longer than normal!
A key difference between the private and public markets is the level of illiquidity and complexity, with private assets typically being less liquid and more complex than their public counterparts.
Bull equity markets and rock bottom interest rates mean many employers are now looking to take control of their pension scheme investment strategy.
Rumours suggest the Budget will see Philip Hammond finally get his hands on the billions tied up in it. It is never easy to predict with any degree of certainty what the chancellor may or may not do in his Budget when it comes to pensions.
In June, the FCA published their “Retirement Outcomes Review – Final Report”, which followed from the Interim Report they issued last year. Their Report was accompanied by a Consultation Paper, entitled “Proposed changes to our rules and guidance”.