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Calls for a ‘rethink’ as dashboards call for input closes

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The Pensions Dashboards Programme’s latest call for input closed on Friday. Industry figures, though encouraged by progress made on timescales, said problems stemming from inadequate disclosure regulations and estimated retirement income remain, leading LCP to call for an implementation “rethink”.

Weekly Roundup: A financially appealing alternative to retirement


This week – Study shows a third of Gen Xers have inadequate pension savings, poor choices under pension freedoms cost savers £2bn, new wave of interest in sustainable investing, and the FCA revamps its anti-scam campaign.

Tapping DC for Long-Term Assets Fund requires ‘rigorous’ scrutiny


Podcast: PensionBee chief executive Romi Savova and Jonathan Parker, head of DC and financial wellbeing at Redington, discuss the government’s proposed Long-Term Assets Fund, rumours of a tax raid, and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s new Responsible Investment Quality Mark.

Covid-19 pressures accelerate rate of DB scheme closures

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On the go: Analysis by the Pensions Policy Institute, sponsored by the Trades Union Congress, has shown that the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic have accelerated the rate of defined benefit scheme closures, but member outcomes are far less reliable in defined contribution schemes.

Poor choices under pension freedoms cost savers £2bn


Savers taking advantage of pension freedoms to cash out before retirement have suffered £2bn in lost returns, spurring calls for better financial education, according to analysis by LCP.

Covid-19 spurs wave of interest in sustainable investing


Almost two-thirds of European asset and investment managers believe that the pandemic has made sustainable investing more important, according to Schroders’ Institutional Investor Study 2021.

Nearly a third of Gen Xers have inadequate pension savings


Almost one in three Generation Xers — individuals aged between 41 and 56 — have inadequate pension savings and face a minimum-at-best standard of living in retirement, according to research by the International Longevity Centre and Standard Life.

Govt rejects calls for £1.2bn pension boost for mineworkers

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On the go: The government has rejected calls to reform the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme that could have seen its members share an additional £1.2bn, a decision critics have branded “intransigent” and a “slap in the face”.

Desire for cryptocurrencies is ‘deeply concerning’


New research from CoreData has shown almost half of millennials, people aged between 25 and 40, want to invest at least part of their pension in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. Experts, however, have warned that cryptocurrencies remain a long way off being a viable investment option.

Cost and information overload are barriers to integrating ESG

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On the go: Information overload and high costs are barriers to integrating sustainability in investments, a Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association poll has found.