DC & Auto-enrolmentRSS

The jury is still out on robo-advice

Pensions & Life Trends & Data Conference 2017

The pensions industry must focus on technology and consumer engagement to keep up with changing demographics and work habits, but opinions are divided over whether robo-advice is the best solution. 

DCIF: Mastertrusts must up their game on investment design

Mastertrusts must place greater importance on investment design to achieve the best possible outcomes for members, a new study suggests.

AE review prompts calls on contributions and self-employed

The government has this week appointed an advisory group to support its 2017 auto-enrolment review, as the industry calls for more action to increase coverage and contribution rates.

Treasury triples advice allowance but limits withdrawals

The Treasury has tripled the pensions advice allowance to £1,500, allowing people to take part of their defined contribution pots early to put towards retirement advice, but some experts say limiting withdrawals to £500 per tax year is still too restrictive. 

Thames Ambulance dispute puts comms in the spotlight

A bitter dispute has broken out between Thames Ambulance Service and the GMB union over contributions to two pension schemes, with members feeling confused as to the security of their benefits.

Greater flexibility needed to cope with growing longevity

The Department for Work and Pensions has called on employers to facilitate working at an older age so over-50s benefit from the same opportunities as their younger counterparts.

AE compliance action holds steady amid calls to expand

Auto-enrolment enforcement action is rising, but remains limited to a small proportion of employers enrolling, the Pensions Regulator has said, as experts call for action to widen the scope of the policy.

Hollis: Bring invisible women into AE system

The UK’s pension system is failing “invisible women” who do not meet the auto-enrolment earnings threshold and are punished for leaving work to care for children, Labour peer Patricia Hollis has warned.

Cracks show over member involvement as MPs debate mastertrusts

As the pension schemes bill on tougher mastertrust regulation is passing through parliament, some have called for making member involvement in mastertrust governance mandatory, but is it feasible?

Industry on right track with diversity initiatives, but further change is needed

Helena Morrissey (source: Bloomberg)

Any other business: The need for greater diversity across the pensions and asset management industry is evident, so what progress has been made so far to improve the situation?

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