Aon lifestyling failure leaves members exposed to risk assets

Twenty defined contribution pension schemes administered by Aon Hewitt have seen delays to their members’ derisking strategies, leaving them exposed to risk assets for up to four years longer than intended.

Premier Coffee's AE staging met by radio silence

After a year preparing for auto-enrolment, Costa franchise Premier Coffee did not receive a single follow-up enquiry from its 120 eligible staff, and only a handful of opt-outs, demonstrating the engagement challenge facing UK employers.

DB mastertrusts grow but funding risks drag on demand

Competition is growing in the defined benefit mastertrust market as providers promise the benefits of scale, but experts have urged employers to be mindful about the risks of these structures.

'State your complaint'. Dealing with unhappy scheme members

Any other business: Fancy a date with the pensions ombudsman? Thought not. Industry experts argue that a solid complaints procedure can save schemes time and money in the long term.

European pension funds swarm into alts for yield

European pension funds moved deeper into alternative investments last year as they sought fresh avenues of returns and liability matching in tricky market conditions.

Pension tools not up to scratch for post-April flexibilities, say experts

Communication experts have called for schemes to avoid jargon and break down complexity in online illustration tools, as research reveals wide variation across offerings and patchy understanding of reforms.

Comment & Analysis

Ready or not: pensions administration post-April 2015

Barnett Waddingham's Julian Mainwood details the steps trustees and scheme administrators need to take in order to stay on top of the upcoming changes and adapt to scheme members' needs.

Finding the right ratio of stick to carrot in pensions regulation

Talking head: Lincoln's Tony Hobman argues the Pensions Regulator will have to develop its oversight in order to strike the right balance in response to an evolving industry.

How a secondary market is starting to change fid man

Mercer's Michael Dempsey outlines how schemes can benefit from fiduciary management's secondary market, brought about by rapid growth in the sector.


The Review: 'Massive uptick' in larger DB funds exploring transfers

PE Review countdown – 26.01.15

Video: What effect are the flexibilities having beyond the world of DC? In the first of our three Countdown to April videos, JLT Employee Benefits' Mark Wood and Eversheds' Tim Smith explain how DB schemes are dealing with the knock-on effects of the reforms (6:08).

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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