J&J finds remedy for MNT recruiting ailment

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Johnson & Johnson’s wide-ranging communications campaign encouraging scheme members to stand as trustee candidates shows it is possible to find “good quality” member-nominated trustees.

Government reaffirms commitment to cold-calling ban

The government has announced that it will introduce its long-promised ban on pensions cold calling “when parliamentary time allows”, putting to bed concerns that a second consultation would further delay the legislation.

No end in sight for Box Clever case

A long-running case over the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme is continuing after the Court of Appeal rejected an application for appeal by ITV, former co-owners of the TV rental business, with a substantive hearing at the Upper Tribunal due next year.

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.

Comment & Analysis

Which retirement option should your default strategy target?

Maria Nazarova-Doyle

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

Adrian Boulding

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.

Practical steps for improving DC savings

Emma Douglas

LGIM's Emma Douglas says clear member communication and helpful product design must be central to the industry's efforts to help the DC generation tackle the savings challenge ahead of them.

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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