Select committee sets sights on gig economy

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The Work and Pensions Committee has this week launched an inquiry into self-employment and the so-called gig economy, focusing on pensions as well as universal credit, support and labour market participation.

Shipbuilding members can board public sector scheme

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The Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme has given certain members of its Fleet Support section the choice to rejoin a public service pension scheme as part of the government’s 'new fair deal' policy, but experts say it might not all be plain sailing.

TPR's record-keeping push welcomed but stresses remain for small schemes

The Pensions Regulator is demanding that trustees report on record-keeping in the scheme return and has issued new guidance, after conducting a survey which found that too many are not measuring members’ data.

HMRC consults on GMP equalisation despite Brexit

The government has this week launched a consultation on the methodology for equalisation of guaranteed minimum pensions, indicating commitment to the issue, which goes back to EU law, despite the Brexit vote.

FCA annuity provider rules to encourage consumers to shop around

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New plans announced by the Financial Conduct Authority will require annuity providers to make consumers aware of rival deals before they purchase an annuity, and some experts say there should be similar rules for other retirement products.

Comment & Analysis

Making connections

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Editorial: There is nothing more limiting than failing to seek input and solutions outside your immediate remit. Making unexpected connections is a large part of what drives innovation.

Can global DB experience help the UK out of crisis?

UK pensions, we are often told, are in crisis. But what lessons can be learnt from defined benefit and defined contribution systems around the world?

Where are the best opportunities for equity investment?

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Which active equity strategies can deliver value for pension scheme investors? Cambridge Associates’ Himanshu Chaturvedi gives his views.

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How the PLSA's taskforce wants to change DB

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Video: As the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has highlighted four areas for potential change to the defined benefit landscape, Ashok Gupta, who chairs its DB Taskforce, talks about the proposals and the taskforce's aims.

How the rate cut affects your scheme

Lynda Whitney interview on interest rate cut

Video: As the Bank of England has cut rates and launched into a new round of quantitative easing, what are the effects on pension schemes and where can they seek cover? Aon Hewitt partner Lynda Whitney gives answers.

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