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Blog: Defined contribution

Assessing private markets

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.

Does your pensions calculator look like Ceefax? Why it’s time to upgrade

Head of Workplace Health and Wealth at Barnett Waddingham, Damian Stancombe, explains how you can help your employees learn, play and plan for their retirement by using Me2; a digital member engagement portal with a difference.

Royal Mail: Sparking a CDC revolution?

CDC promises a shared-risk approach to retirement benefit provisionwith advantages for employers and members. Danny Wilding, Partner, asks: could this result in a flow of employers entering into the risk-sharing arena?

Pensions are products, not retirement strategies

Let’s get something straight: a pension is not a strategy. We explain why retirement planning strategies should be about more than just pensions, providing practical solutions on how to tackle a looming retirement crisis.

DC should stand for 'decent contributions'

In recent years, regulators have put so much emphasis on the minutiae of defined contribution pensions that we seem to have forgotten about the bigger picture.

Member engagement – making it matter

Informed members make informed decisions - but effective engagement doesn’t just happen, it needs a well-defined strategy incorporating a clear understanding of where schemes and members are now, where they want to be, and the tools and support to help them get there.

Decoding pension scheme benefit design

Most private sector pensions accrual in the UK is now on a DC basis. When legislators think about DB, it is only to worry about protecting past service benefits; never to wonder about whether the framework for future benefits is fit for purpose.

The missing 'why' in trustee communication

Communications will end up unread in the bin unless they remember what they’re for and provide relevant information targeted to the intended audience, explains Damian Stancombe.

Interesting times: How to adapt to survive a turbulent pensions world

As the UK enters a period of significant change, Finance Directors and Pension Managers need a dynamic DB (defined benefit) pension strategy that will be resilient in the face of changes in markets, whilst remaining cost effective over the longer term.

Ensuring benefits technology works for all generations in your workforce

Thankfully, the days of implementing a blanket approach to benefits and communications are behind us. However, the concept of ‘flexible’ benefits has been around for years, but were they really that flexible?

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