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Select committee probes pension freedoms as concerns grow

The Work and Pensions Committee is launching a new inquiry into the pension freedom reforms, asking whether changes are required to better achieve the policy’s objectives.

Restructuring professionals call for TPR-PPF merger

Sources: TPR, PPF

The Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund should be combined into one streamlined entity and be open to restructuring deals involving pensions where insolvency is not imminent within 12 months, according to restructuring professionals.

CMA begins consultant investigation as FCA calls trustees 'weak'

Bloomberg

The Financial Conduct Authority has finalised its referral of the investment consultancy industry to the Competition and Markets Authority, beginning an 18-month period of investigation into conflicts of interest in the sector.

Employers urged to review default offerings

Inconsistency in approaches taken to default defined contribution offerings among large contract-based providers could threaten member outcomes, according to a new report, as separate research confirmed the importance of investment returns later in the savings journey.

Government must clarify minimum pension age plans, say experts

HM Treasury has been urged to clarify its plans for increasing the age at which savers can access pension freedoms, after it accelerated the rate at which the state pension age will increase in July.

Manager stops single fund meetings as LGPS pools take shape

Fund manager Baillie Gifford has stopped attending and presenting at committee meetings of several Local Government Pension Scheme clients, demonstrating the trade-off between fees and face-to-face interaction that can come with asset pooling.

Government reaffirms commitment to cold-calling ban

The government has announced that it will introduce its long-promised ban on pensions cold calling “when parliamentary time allows”, putting to bed concerns that a second consultation would further delay the legislation.

What do the ONS labour stats tell us?

Analysis: Record numbers of older workers have come as little surprise to economists, but what will it mean for other generations, and might the broad trends hide potential pitfalls for pensions policy?

Scottish Widows switches DC defaults to target drawdown

Scottish Widow (teaser)

Scottish Widows has changed the default investment strategy of its group personal pension plan clients to target flexible access drawdown instead of an annuity, as member demand continues to shift away from guaranteed income.

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