Latest articles from Stephanie Hawthorne

Transfers head list of complaints at the Pensions Ombudsman

On the go: Complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman rose by 5 per cent according to its recently published annual report and accounts for 2018/19.

3 in 4 companies happy to extend AE to self-employed and low-paid

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On the go: Three quarters of businesses back the extension of auto-enrolment to include the self-employed and those earning less than £10,000 a year, but have a limited appetite for mandatory contribution increases, according to new research.

Military pension verdict could open floodgates for public sector claimants

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On the go: A woman has won the right to her late partner’s military pension in a Court of Appeal ruling on the rights of unmarried couples. 

FTSE 100 employers' DC contributions rise to 7.1 per cent

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On the go: FTSE 100 employers are paying more than ever into their staff's defined contribution pensions, and are some way ahead of auto-enrolment minimums, a new report has found.

PIC de-risking reaches £6bn in H1 with £40bn in pipeline

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On the go: The Pension Insurance Corporation has completed nine de-risking transactions totalling £6bn in the first half of 2018, a record for the company with a pipeline of new business of more than £40bn.

BoE highlights systemic risk of funds’ use of leveraged loans

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On the go: Pension fund liability-driven investing techniques are among the systemic risks to the UK’s financial system highlighted by the Bank of England in a new report.

APPT delays start of professional trustee accreditation system

On the go: The start of the new process for accrediting professional trustees has been delayed. Originally set to start in the summer of 2019, arrangements are now expected to be finalised later this year. 

Supreme Court denies BT right to appeal in £2bn indexation battle

On the go: The Supreme Court has denied BT the opportunity to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s ruling preventing the company from downgrading the inflation protection given to some of its defined benefit members.

£2.2bn Mercer Master Trust gains authorisation

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On the go: The £2.2bn Mercer Master Trust has gained authorisation from the Pensions Regulator. The trust has 71,000 savers in the UK and is the 11th trust to gain the watchdog’s approval. 

More than 150,000 seek guidance from Pension Wise, but huge gaps remain

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On the go: The total number of people receiving help from Pension Wise soared to 167,726 in 2018-19 from 60,939 in 2015-16.