Latest articles from Tom Higgins

Almost a third of tranche 14 schemes in surplus

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Detailed analysis of triennial valuations with due dates up to January 2021 shows that almost one in three defined benefit and hybrid schemes are in surplus, but many pension funds face a headwind due to falling interest rates.

TPR reviews schemes eligible for Fraud Compensation Fund


The Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund are undertaking a review of schemes that may be eligible for the Fraud Compensation Fund, following uncertainty surrounding instances where no independent trustee has been appointed to a scheme.

Green bonds and greenwashing: Investors yet to be convinced

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After new details about UK’s first sovereign green bonds were received positively by the pensions industry, the excitement seems to be dissipating, since the summer 2021 launch date will be missed and scepticism remains about the motives and effectiveness of the scheme.

PIE exercises can be a 'win-win' for schemes under current conditions

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On the go: Improved regulatory clarity and rising inflation rates could mean now is the time for DB pension schemes to consider offering a pension increase exchange to their members, according to LCP.

Calls for government to review minimum pension age hike

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On the go: Wealth manager Quilter has called on the government to reverse proposals to raise the normal minimum pension age to 57, saying the move is complex and will do little for people’s retirements.