Latest articles from Angus Peters

Economic gloom overshadows quiet Budget for pensions

Autumn Budget 2017: The pensions industry has had its wish granted with a Budget light on savings policy, but a worsening economic horizon may still mean heads are being scratched on pension scheme investment boards.

The ultimate guide to passing a trustee interview

Any Other Business: Selection is the new election. More and more trustee boards are choosing new additions to their ranks themselves rather than leaving board composition to a democratic vote, according to experts.

A million older workers fall into unemployment trap

An “unemployment trap” preventing older people from finding jobs requires a rethink of pensions and benefits policy, a new report claimed on Tuesday, as state pension age increases threaten to harm those left out of the labour market.

Covenant risk is dominating the DB agenda

Defined benefit trustees are becoming increasingly concerned about the strength of their employer covenants, a new survey has revealed, as Brexit uncertainty feeds into broader concerns about the future of sponsors.

Seven in 10 professional trustees want standards body

Professional trustees have called for a body to set standards and monitor performance in the industry, but experts have cautioned against any measure that threatens the level of cognitive diversity on trustee boards.

Thank the Lords...

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Editorial: The Department for Work and Pensions has had a busy week. The largest branch of UK government has released draft regulations on the online disclosure of costs for defined contribution schemes, an accompanying survey on charges, and proposed new rules on the bulk transfer of DC members without consent.

DWP draft regulations to open up DC consolidation

The Department for Work and Pensions has attempted to smooth the path towards consolidation of defined contribution arrangements with draft regulations published on Thursday.

FCA: Half of UK adults show signs of financial vulnerability

Bloomberg

The Financial Conduct Authority’s largest survey of UK consumers’ financial habits has identified concerns around financial resilience and undersaving, as experts urge improvements to the auto-enrolment framework.

HPE pensioners to bring inflation-proofing dispute before MPs

Houses of Parliament

Pensioners of Hewlett Packard Enterprises are lobbying the government to force their former employer to provide inflation protection for pension rights built up before 1997, and have gained cross-party support for legislation.

Are pensions what the self-employed need?

More and more people are working for themselves, and their low savings rates could spell disaster for the state. Can auto-enrolment be expanded to cover the self-employed, and how should it be done?

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