Latest articles from Sophia Imeson

Government's s75 proposals are a 'missed opportunity'

Experts have welcomed the government’s recent consultation proposing a new deferred debt arrangement for employers in multi-employer pension schemes, but concerns over complexity of employer debt regulation remain.

JLR meets members halfway with Care switch

JLR switches to Care

Jaguar Land Rover is switching its defined benefit schemes from final salary to a career average revalued earnings structure, as companies look to cut costs and manage risk while keeping employees on board.

FKI scheme winds up and moves members to mastertrust

Trustees of the defined contribution FKI Group Pension Plan have agreed to wind up the scheme, transferring active members to a mastertrust, as experts note governance and cost management benefits.

Leonardo scheme ups hedge after Care switch

Leonardo

The Leonardo Electronics Pension Scheme has adapted its liability hedging strategy to reflect the career salary benefit changes implemented last year to reduce risk and costs.

Pru amends DC default, as experts warn against 'wait and see' approach

Bloomberg

The Prudential staff scheme is due to amend its DC default fund this year in light of the introduction of freedom and choice, amid concerns that some schemes are choosing to wait for retiree data to help them design their default.

FAMR makes headway but experts say further progress is needed

The Financial Conduct Authority has published a progress report on its Financial Advice Market Review, alongside a consultation that sets out proposed guidance, but reactions in the pensions industry show there is still a long way to go.

John Menzies signs MoU ahead of sectionalisation

A memorandum of understanding has been signed by John Menzies and trustees of its pension scheme as it has closed the scheme and plans to begin a sectionalisation process, but experts have highlighted that this sort of agreement is rarely legally binding.

Freedom and choice: Engagement improved but confusion remains

Two years have passed since the government introduced the pension freedoms, and although the flexibilities have improved engagement to some extent, the increased complexity has also led to confusion.

Lisa still needs to find its place as launch date arrives

The lifetime Isa launched on Thursday, so why are there not more providers offering the product straight away, and what is the likely uptake when it comes to using the vehicle for retirement saving?

Dashboard prototype launch prompts next steps

Plans to deliver a pensions dashboard prototype by March 2017 have been completed, despite the complex nature of technology infrastructure involved. But while experts think the progress is encouraging, they say more needs to be done to maintain this momentum.  

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