UK - As an increasing number of defined benefit (DB) schemes close, forcing workers to plan for their own retirement, research shows the majority of consumers still trust their own judgement or that of family and friends for retirement planning.
The survey, carried out by independent financial data collection company Defaqto, showed 27% of respondents trust their own judgement, 23% said they trust family and friends to give good advice and 12% trusted their spouse/partner.
From a professional standpoint, 28% trusted a financial adviser for retirement planning advice, while 24% trusted their employers.
Matt Ward, principal consultant Defaqto and lead author of the report, said: “The industry needs to find ways to build trust with the public and this will pay rich dividends in terms of both the amount of business generated as well as ensuring that people get the best advice in this vital area of their personal finances.”
Mark Evans has been appointed as a director at Independent Trustee Services (ITS) to lead trustee appointments in London.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is consulting on changes to the actuarial assumptions it uses in valuations in a bid to better reflect the bulk annuity market, with schemes set to move into surplus on aggregate.
Private sector defined benefit (DB) schemes were 96.3% funded on a Pension Protection Fund (PPF) compensation basis at the end of July, according to the lifeboat fund's monthly index.
Conduent has completed the sale of its actuarial and human resource consulting business to private equity investor, H.I.G. Capital.