How the slump in oil prices is hitting schemes

As oil prices fall below $50 (£33) a barrel, investment experts have urged pension schemes to seize the opportunity to hedge their liabilities against inflation and heed the impact on their commodity markets exposure.

Schemes plan partial DB-DC transfers to trim liabilities

Legal experts have reported an increase in pension schemes planning to reduce their liabilities by changing their rules to allow partial transfer of members' pure defined benefit assets into defined contribution arrangements.

Webb backs mastertrusts to lead CDC vanguard

Pensions minister Steve Webb has signalled support for mastertrusts delivering a collective defined contribution option for members, at a Trades Union Congress conference on Wednesday – but at least one of the large mastertrusts has rejected the idea.

How bankruptcy orders could drain savers' retirement pots

The April flexibilities could make the retirement savings of those in financial difficulty vulnerable to demands from creditors, with courts set to have their final say on whether a saver’s uncrystallised pot is open to a claim.

Airport operator to offer flexible drawdown from April

Manchester Airports Group will offer its 2,500 defined contribution scheme members flexible drawdown by the time April's pension freedoms kick in, allowing them to access their savings without having to leave the scheme.

Can a scheme rebrand reignite member engagement?

Any other business: The Budget changes have inevitably pushed pension schemes to update how they communicate with members. But could a wider overhaul of your 'brand' boost engagement? Should it set scheme and sponsor apart?

Comment & Analysis

Webb: Why a soft launch is right for automatic transfers

Talking head: Pensions minister Steve Webb makes his case for phasing-in automatic transfers with an opt-in process for pot-follows-member, and details the government's next steps.

Will risk-sharing schemes ever take off in the UK?

Many industry commentators have answered this question with a resounding 'no'. Hogan Lovells' Nicola Rondel makes the argument for a qualified 'yes'.

Editorial: Pensions fortune-telling

Fortune telling...

A hot topic of conversation last week was Channel 4’s Dispatches programme on the impact of the imminent pension freedoms, as the government launched its Pension Wise guidance service.


IMA: Schemes must bear overall charges cap compliance burden

Jonathan Lipkin

Video: Jonathan Lipkin, director of public policy at the Investment Management Association, says that it is not up to investment managers to take the overall responsibility for ensuring charges are below the 0.75 per cent cap effective from April (5:48).

Altmann: Death tax removal could incentivise people to stay in pensions

Ros Altmann

Video: Independent pensions expert and the government's older workers champion Ros Altmann discusses the Budget changes and the chancellor's further pensions tax announcements (4:18).

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