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GMP equalisation – pity the poor trustees…

A few weeks post-Lloyds and we’re taking the finer points of the ruling as read - lots to do, or not do, legal advice to take, or not take, transfer values to suspend, or not suspend – a catalogue of unknowns that are raising trustee frustration levels up and down the country. Julie Walker, Associate, considers the problems trustees face after the Lloyds ruling.

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.

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.

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.

The defined benefit odyssey

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!

Focussing on investment strategy

Bull equity markets and rock bottom interest rates mean many employers are now looking to take control of their pension scheme investment strategy.

Levy estimate falls despite record year of claims

The PPF has released its 2019/20 PPF levy consultation, setting out its plans for calculating the levy to be invoiced in autumn 2019.

Accounting implications of GMP equalisation

With the results of the Lloyds Bank case expected next month, GMP equalisation may become a reality for many schemes in the very near future. It is important to anticipate the implications this may have for companies’ year-end accounting.

Exploring Dutch Companies: how to improve your DB funding levels

With pension scheme deficits having the potential to significantly impact a company’s accounts, company directors should be considering ways to improve their UK DB scheme’s funding level.

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