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The dashboard is coming

Paul Pettitt

From the blog: In the final month of work on the pensions dashboard prototype, where all parties involved in the project align their areas of input, we begin the tests and demonstrations with various stakeholders, including government ministers.

 

It is at this point that pensions dashboards move from plan to reality.

 

And the industry needs to ensure that it is in a position to meet the challenges and deliver for consumers.

 

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The Weekly Wrap: March 24 edition

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A round-up of the pensions stories published across the FT Group this week, from John Cridland's recommendation to scrap the triple lock, to senior managers becoming the biggest winners of a deal to save the BHS pension scheme.

A straitjacket for overseas transfers

Clive Weber

From the blog: Gone are the days of UK scheme members moving to sunnier climes and transferring pension benefits to wherever in the world best suited.

 

In his Spring Budget, the chancellor announced a heavy tax on transfers to non-UK pension schemes.

 

A charge of 25 per cent is imposed unless the transfer fits within HM Revenue & Customs’ narrow new rules.

  

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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.

The Weekly Wrap: March 17 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news stories published across the FT Group this week, from Royal Mail considering a proposed new type of pension plan, to Brazilians protesting against having to work for 49 years for a full state pension.

Building for retirement: Why we cannot rely on bricks and mortar

Sophia Imeson

From the blog: With soaring house prices preventing more and more people from owning their own home, future generations may be less likely to be able to supplement their retirement income through property, meaning workplace pensions are becoming more important than ever.

 

Last month’s government housing white paper highlighted the fact that an average home now costs almost eight times the average earnings, and the additional demand for property investing is pushing prices up further.

 

Given that not enough homes are being built, this housing shortage is set to get worse.

 

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Is it time to reframe the mastertrust debate?

Ashish Kapur

From the blog: Mastertrust performance has come under increased scrutiny in recent months.

 

In many cases, performance – boosted by strong equity and bond returns over the past three years – has been impressive.

 

But it is time success or failure in this market was viewed in a different way.

 

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The Weekly Wrap: March 10 edition

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A round-up of pensions news from across the Financial Times, from Irish schemes pushing into the mortgage lending market, to a new tax registration process for defined contribution mastertrusts.

Top 5 pensions jobs

British Dental Association – Head of Pensions

£45,609 - £53.326 | London, Stirling, Cardiff or Belfast

 

West Midlands Pension Fund – Pensions Administrator

£21,745 - £24,717 | west Midlands

 

Nestlé – Head of Change & Improvement

£80,000 - £90,000 + benefits| Gatwick

 

Tesco – In-House Ill-Health Pension Administrator

£Competitive + bonus | Hertfordshire

 

National Grid – Pensions Administrator (Multiple Roles)

£23,000 - £27,000 | Wokingham

The Weekly Wrap: March 3 edition

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A round-up of pensions news from across the FT, from plans by French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron to merge 37 schemes, to Asian investors struggling to find talent for their new alternative assets departments.

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