Delays in transfer value process threaten member outcomes

The Pensions Regulator has been asked to look at streamlining the process for providing cash equivalent transfer values, after complaints from advisers that delays in schemes providing necessary information meant members were missing out.

Lack of savings highlights importance of state pension

The number of women retiring without a pension has dropped, new research shows, but nearly 14 per cent of people have not made provisions for their retirement, highlighting the significance of the state pension for savers.

Centrica drills for returns with high-yield allocation

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The Centrica Combined Common Investment Fund, which manages holdings for the energy giant’s pension schemes, has trimmed its exposure to corporate bonds, reweighting its portfolio towards high-yield debt.

Leicester Uni scheme cuts risk with higher hedge

Following closure to future benefit accrual, trustees at the University of Leicester Pension and Assurance Scheme have decided to double its hedge, as experts emphasise the importance of keeping an eye on triggers and cash flow.

CDC could refocus industry on purposeful finance

Refocusing the industry on the purpose of finance could deliver huge benefits to UK pensions, a new academic paper has suggested, as calls were lodged for the resurrection of collective defined contribution.

Pensions fail to convince savers but attitudes are expected to change

Fewer than half of people view workplace pensions as the most secure form of retirement savings, but experts have said attitudes towards saving for the future could change, driven by the current housing shortage, auto-enrolment developments and the demise of defined benefit pension funds.

Comment & Analysis

A PPF levy for schemes without a substantive sponsor

David Taylor

The PPF’s David Taylor explains the proposed new levy for schemes without a sponsor, and reveals that further stakeholder input will be sought.

Transparency is not just about cost

Dan Mikulskis

Cost is important, but transparency can also give investors a better grip on risk, says Redington's Dan Mikulskis.

Forget about robos and chatbots – a bigger tech wave is breaking

Ben Cocks

The pensions dashboard is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how customers access their data, argues Ben Cocks from Altus Business Systems.

Video

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.

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.

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