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Buzz: Letting savers cash in pots undermines CDC

Professional Pensions | 04 Apr 2014 | 14:15 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Almost half of Buzz respondents said letting defined contribution (DC) savers take their pots in cash would undermine plans to introduce collective DC.

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Buzz: Scrapping compulsory annuitisation is 'legalised liberation'

Almost half of respondents thought that getting rid of compulsory annuitisation would increase the threat of liberation fraud. Just over a third rejected the idea, however, and many claimed that the move had legalised liberation.

Professional Pensions | 04 Apr 2014 | 13:58 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Buzz: Industry split on impact of transfer ban

Buzz respondents were split on the question of whether DB members would lose out if they were banned from transferring to DC. Some commentators said DB members would suffer if their options were restricted, while others pointed out that they were still in a strong position compared to many workers.

Professional Pensions | 04 Apr 2014 | 13:50 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Buzz: Members should pay for 'free' advice

There was no consensus on who should foot the bill for the “free face-to-face guidance” that will be provided once compulsory annuitisation is scrapped. The most popular option, however, was for the cost to fall directly on members.

Professional Pensions | 04 Apr 2014 | 13:49 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Buzz: Pensions industry endorses Budget

The industry has given a cautious thumbs up to the sweeping changes to the pension system introduced in last month’s Budget. Four out of ten Buzz respondents said retirees were likely to benefit from the changes while just under a quarter said savers would probably end up worth off. A further quarter thought the impact would be neutral.

Professional Pensions | 04 Apr 2014 | 13:43 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Friday Buzz: No political party trusted on pensions

PP research reveals that the majority of the industry does not trust any party on pensions and believes the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)is "stalling" on reform.

Professional Pensions | 28 Mar 2014 | 13:21 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Buzz: Politicians can't be trusted with pensions

The Conservatives are the most trusted party when it comes to pensions, with almost three out of ten Buzz respondents saying they had faith in the Tories.

Professional Pensions | 28 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Buzz: Cutting tax relief would slash DC contributions

Two thirds of respondents said it was likely or very likely that significant numbers of defined contribution savers would cut contributions if tax relief was curbed.

Professional Pensions | 28 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Buzz: DWP has stalled on defined ambition

The majority of Buzz respondents believe the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has stalled on its plan to deliver a defined ambition (DA) system.

Professional Pensions | 28 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Buzz: Respondents split on scheme closures' impact on MNT numbers

Just over a third of respondents think the number of member-nominated trustees (MNTs) on boards is shrinking as an increasing number of schemes close.

Professional Pensions | 28 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Buzz: AE non-compliance probes prove regs are too complex

More than six out of ten contributors said the number of probes launched by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) into auto-enrolment non-compliance was confirmation that regulations were too complex.

Professional Pensions | 28 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Friday Buzz: Education will fix annuity market

This week, respondents were keen on financial education as an antidote to a poorly-functioning annuities market.

Professional Pensions | 21 Mar 2014 | 07:02 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

Buzz: Education will fix annuity problem

Far more respondents (almost half) thought financial education was the way forward for retirees, rather than independent financial advisers (IFAs) or annuity brokers.

Professional Pensions | 21 Mar 2014 | 07:00 | To read this article you must be a subsriber

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Achieving better member outcomes - A practical guide to DC pensions

Shedding light on the key challenges, the Aon Hewitt guide helps you identify what you are trying to achieve for your DC members and deliver a positive impact on their outcomes. The guide examines the current situation and existing challenges, and suggests potential solutions, with clear action points for employers and trustees.

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How smart is Smart Beta?

 

John Brown, Senior VP and Head of Global Client Development at INTECH Investment Management discusses whether or not ‘Smart Beta' is genuinely smart, and if it is really beta.

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