Olympic Airlines judgment prompts calls for slack in PPF rules

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The Supreme Court this week ruled against trustees of the Olympic Airlines SA Pension Scheme’s claim for greater Pension Protection Fund compensation, but lawyers are calling for a loosening of insolvency criteria for entry into the lifeboat.

Shifting sands for tax rules bring threat of mid to high-earner exodus

Analysis: The double hit of a reduced lifetime allowance alongside proposed changes to tax relief could accelerate the move of higher earners, and some middle earners, towards alternative savings vehicles, experts predict.

Is fiduciary management right for your scheme?

Any other business: The fast-growing world of fiduciary management can be a controversial topic for pension schemes, with some saying it can bolster investment strategies, while detractors describe it as nepotistic and lacking transparency. 

Cultural norms could inform UK DC outcomes, PPI report shows

The Australian experience of defined contribution indicates UK pensioners could deplete their retirement pots too early, a report warns, but experts say what we can learn from overseas systems is limited.

Council fund pins impact allocation to health and employment projects

Waltham Forest Pension Fund has begun drawing down its impact investment mandate into a range of projects, as pension schemes increasingly measure the social and environmental effects of their decisions.

Tesco succumbs to DB burden, schemes urged to monitor covenants

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Loss-making supermarket giant Tesco took a further step towards ending its defined benefit provision this week, as it began formal discussions to close to new members and future accrual. 

Comment & Analysis

Cashing in unwanted annuities

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Talking Head: Ros Altmann explains why, despite the questions around value, people selling annuities that are not working for them might be the best option all round.

The legal issues troubling trustees around DC flex

There is no obligation to adopt the range of flexibilities offered by pension freedom – DLA Piper's Ben Miller looks at what trustees need to consider before amending their schemes.

How DB plans with AVCs are affected by the reforms

The new pension flexibility extends to additional voluntary contribution schemes just as with all pure defined contribution schemes. Stuart O'Brien, partner at Sackers, explores how defined benefit trustees should keep their schemes on the right side of the law.


The Review: Poised for freedom but questions remain

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Video: What unknowns remain on the cusp of April 6? National Association of Pension Funds' DC policy lead Richard Wilson, and partner at consultancy LCP Andy Cheseldine discuss what is left to do and how to manage expectations (5:36).

The Review: Why the DC charge cap will fall further

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Video: Should the 0.75 per cent cap go lower? In part two of Countdown to April, Mark Futcher from Barnett Waddingham and LGIM's Emma Douglas explore how DC schemes are responding to reform (5:37).

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