The government must take advantage of its majority to push through further reforms to auto-enrolment, says James Phillips.
Nearly two-thirds of this week’s 133 Pensions Buzz respondents believe the introduction of simpler and standardised annual benefit statements will help more members engage with their pension.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) will launch the first of a two-part consultation on a revised defined benefit (DB) funding code in March, it has told PP.
The Upper Tribunal has told Dominic Chappell he must pay £9.5m into BHS’ pension schemes after committing actions detrimental to their funding.
Sir Steve Webb will join Lane Clark and Peacock (LCP) as a partner, leaving Royal London where he is currently director of policy.
The House of Commons has confirmed that the Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) will be chaired by a Labour member of parliament (MP).
HM Treasury has confirmed that the government will hold its Budget on 11 March.
Schemes are increasingly looking at longevity hedging as part of their de-risking process, according to a survey by Insight Investment.
Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) will hold further discussions in the new year to agree on how to proceed with the scheme.
Insurers are now able to accommodate up to £30bn of bulk annuity transactions every year with no impact on pricing, according to Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP).
Increasing demand for global longevity reinsurance could lead to higher bulk annuity prices but less exact matching for longevity hedging, says Mercer.
Redington is in the process of securing private equity backing from Phoenix Equity Partners for an undisclosed amount.
Pension lifeboat funds including the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) cannot be required to pay 100% of benefits, but must ensure members remain above the poverty threshold, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said.
The Electricity North West Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme (ESPS) has invested in an £805m pensioner buy-in with Scottish Widows.
Zurich has agreed to insure £800m of longevity risk for the pensioners of a FTSE 100-sponsored pension scheme.
The ESAB Group (UK) Limited Pension & Life Assurance Scheme has purchased a £255m full buy-in with Rothesay Life, covering benefits for all 900 members of the scheme.
A review of how the general levy is calculated must be undertaken by the Department for Work and Pensions, 70% of this week’s 90 Pensions Buzz respondents said.
The value of UK bulk annuity deals is set to quadruple in the 2020s when compared to this decade, Mercer has predicted.
IC Select has launched an oversight service to empower trustees to challenge the quality and success of their investment advisers.
Communication is essential in a pensions environment governed increasingly by defaults, and with more schemes in distress. James Phillips joined a panel of experts to hear how it can be improved.
The vast majority of this week’s 120 Pensions Buzz respondents rejected the idea that the NHS should bear any responsibility for members facing tax bills due to the tapered annual allowance.
RPMI Railpen has made a direct investment into an Ayrshire-based windfarm currently under construction.
Pensions are too complicated a topic for political parties to discuss in any detail on the general election campaign trail, a majority of this week’s 110 Pensions Buzz respondents said.
The National Grid UK Pension Scheme has agreed its second buy-in this year, transferring £1.6bn of pension risk to Legal & General (L&G).
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will deliver its judgment next month in a landmark case on whether pension lifeboat funds are paying out the right level of benefits.
The Conservative party will hold reviews of the tapered annual allowance and net-pay schemes if it is elected back into government, it has said.
The £45bn Border to Coast Pensions Partnership has launched its largest fund to date, with £5bn of Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) assets being allocated to global equity alpha.
Aviva has set out its strategy to launch an investments, savings and retirement division as it seeks to simplify its overall business.
The Carter & Parker Limited Staff Retirement Benefits Plan (1975) has agreed a £9.3m bulk annuity deal with Canada Life.
The Aegon UK Staff Retirement and Death Benefit Scheme has secured a £144m buy-in with Phoenix, covering around a quarter of pensioner liabilities.
The PLSA is on a continuous drive to ensure all of its members are better engaged and represented in its policymaking. James Phillips speaks to Julian Mund about the progress so far.
The High Court must bless a settlement between British Airways (BA) and the trustees of the Airways Pension Scheme (APS) to achieve certainty and bring to an end the acrimonious six-year dispute, it has been told.
This week’s 96 Pensions Buzz respondents said good governance was more important than member engagement, noting the former could lead to the latter.
The pension schemes bill will face yet another delay as the UK seems set to have its third general election in five years on 12 December.
Pension schemes face higher liabilities as improvements in mortality rates trend towards their highest level in a decade.
British Airways (BA) has pledged an extra £150m in annual deficit recovery contributions (DRCs) to the New Airways Pension Scheme (NAPS) over the next four years.
There has been a 30% reduction in the number of small scheme buy-in and buyout transactions, highlighting how insurer attention has shifted towards larger deals.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has launched a retendering process for firms to sit on its assessment period trustee panel, with an increased focus on corporate restructures and insolvency proceedings.
KPMG has confirmed it has entered into exclusive talks with Exponent Private Equity to sell its pensions advisory unit.
Many schemes are actively thinking about defined benefit (DB) consolidation and are waiting in the wings for the superfunds to prove themselves before engaging, Clara says.
Small schemes are facing “obvious challenges” in grabbing insurer attention as “jumbo” deals are beginning to typify the bulk annuity market, Aon says.
Almost £35bn of defined benefit (DB) liabilities have now been insured this year after yet another giant buy-in by the Asda Group Pension Scheme with Rothesay Life.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) will now seek to publish the first of two consultations on a revised defined benefit (DB) funding code in the new year, depending on the political environment.
The pensions schemes bill will digitalise pensions and provide savers with greater confidence for retirement, Guy Opperman has said.
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) will play a more proactive role in bringing people together and act as captain of the industry, its chief executive Julian Mund has said.
The Kent Pension Fund has reassured members that the closure of Woodford Investment Management will not affect its ability to pay benefits.
The government will change the law to allow the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) to aggregate pensions for the purposes of calculating compensation.
HM Treasury has announced that the government’s next Budget will take place on 6 November, although this depends on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.