What trustees can learn from the British Airways wrangle

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News Analysis: British Airways’ pending court case against the trustees of its Airways Pension Scheme over pension increases raises questions regarding how scheme trustees should interact with their sponsoring employer. 

Cash leads the way on freedoms but further flux predicted

More than half of the £2.5bn withdrawn by pension savers in the three months since April has been paid out in cash lump sums, but experts predict consumers will shift their focus towards more sophisticated products.

 

DB closures 'storing up issues' for DC

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News Analysis: The closure of defined benefit pension schemes may alleviate a significant financial burden, but experts have urged employers to think carefully about the long-term impact of the replacement arrangements chosen for affected employees.

Invensys extends Pie to pensioners

Invensys Pension Scheme is expanding its pension increase exchange offering to retired members, as the company plans a bulk exercise for dependants and pensioners.

Kingfisher locks in gains as funding hits triggers

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Kingfisher Pension Scheme has continued to progress towards its 2030 buyout target with a £150m shift from return-seeking to matching assets after tipping into surplus.

Longevity v interest rates – which poses the biggest risk for schemes?

Rising life expectancy poses a greater risk to UK corporate pension schemes than low interest rates, a report this week has suggested, but some industry experts have challenged the finding.

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How can tax relief be used to encourage saving?

Analysis: What the industry feels is the best regime may not be the one that actually incentivises pension saving.

Rising rates: Hope for the best, plan for the worst – don’t press pause

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Trustees have been blighted by low interest rates since 2008 and uncertainty about possible rises continues to make it hard to plan. LCP's Phil Boyle says schemes can still manage this risk.

Treasury: Building on the success of the freedoms

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Talking Head: Pension freedoms are off to a positive start, says the Treasury's Harriet Baldwin, but individuals still need help finding financial advice.

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Video: Regulator promises 'short, punchy' DC code

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Video: The Pensions Regulator's chief executive Lesley Titcomb outlines the watchdog's key areas of focus – including a revision of the DC code, the freedom fallout and mastertrust assurance, and touches on the argument for a single regulator (6:11). 

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