What do the ONS labour stats tell us?

Analysis: Record numbers of older workers have come as little surprise to economists, but what will it mean for other generations, and might the broad trends hide potential pitfalls for pensions policy?

Scottish Widows switches DC defaults to target drawdown

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Scottish Widows has changed the default investment strategy of its group personal pension plan clients to target flexible access drawdown instead of an annuity, as member demand continues to shift away from guaranteed income.

Mastertrusts and platforms: A match made in heaven?

Analysis: Greater efficiency and the ability to access a broader range of investments are some of the reasons why mastertrusts appoint third party investment platforms, but as with all providers, monitoring is key, experts say.

TPR naming and shaming aims to boost trusteeship

The Pensions Regulator has reaffirmed its commitment to improving standards of trusteeship, with a series of policies that place a particular focus on the role of professional and independent board members.

Bayer latest scheme to move to mastertrust

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Pharmaceutical company Bayer has closed the DC section of its pension plan and transferred members to a mastertrust, a move experts say has become more widespread in recent years.

tPR greenlights British Steel RAA

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The Pensions Regulator has granted initial approval for the restructuring of the British Steel Pension Scheme, which will see members offered revised benefits at a level above those provided by the Pension Protection Fund.

Comment & Analysis

What do the ONS labour stats tell us?

Analysis: Record numbers of older workers have come as little surprise to economists, but what will it mean for other generations, and might the broad trends hide potential pitfalls for pensions policy?

Which retirement option should your default strategy target?

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Maria Nazarova-Doyle at JLT Employee Benefits explains why the default outcome should be seen as more than just a single option.

The pensions industry needs more innovators

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Now Pensions' Adrian Boulding says regulatory policy must allow the pensions industry to explore new products for accumulation and decumulation, focusing on the overall financial health of its customers.

Videos & Podcasts

A closer look at the main parties' pension proposals

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Podcast: From a double lock to a flexible state pension age, Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddingham, and Edward Brown, partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, discuss the pension policies the political parties have proposed in their manifestos ahead of the election on June 8.

DB green paper: Can it strike a balance?

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Video: What do businesses say about the defined benefit green paper's focus on regulation, and where do unions have concerns about member protection? Rachel Smith, principal labour market economist at the Confederation of British Industry and Tim Sharp, policy officer at the Trades Union Congress, give their views.

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