Respondents say watchdog needs more ammunition to stop corporate transactions that put schemes at risk.
This week 87 respondents answered questions about the government's response to the state pension age review and the pensions dashboard.
A majority (63%) agreed with Theresa May that the Pensions Regulator (TPR) should be given powers to block mergers and acquisitions when pension schemes are at risk.
Some argued it is too easy for pre-packs to go through while cases such as British Home Stores (BHS) demonstrate the need to boost the watchdog's powers.
A commentator said: "We had [Robert] Maxwell and now [Sir Philip] Green. There will always be somebody trying to exploit things but it needs to be made as hard as possible to do it."
However another respondent who supported the idea warned it is important TPR does not overreach and asked: "How would they define ‘at risk'? Surely any new owner takes on responsibility for a pension scheme deficit so the new owner would need some form of due diligence from TPR and maybe for cases above a certain size."
However, 29% disagreed and argued these powers may cause more problems than they solve, while 8% sat on the fence.
One respondent labelled the proposal as a "bureaucratic nightmare".
The government was right to decide to leave its response to the state pension age (SPA) review until after the general election so it can be done properly, according to 72%.
They argued a rushed response to such an important issue would not lead to good outcomes.
One pundit said: "The last thing pensioners need is a badly thought-through response because the politicians are concentrating on something else."
In light of a slowdown in improvements in life expectancy over the past six years, now is not the time to increase SPA based on out-of-date assumptions, another said.
A different respondent hoped civil servants are using the purdah period to carefully analyse the costings of any change.
Yet 21% thought a delay is wrong. "This is blatant avoidance of bad news to con the electorate that no decision has been taken to increase state pension age when it is clear this is their intention," said one.
Another added: "It looks to me like the Tories are scared of losing votes."
The pensions dashboard could be undermined if it were to include too much information early on, said 62% of respondents.
Some simply dismissed the inclusion of non-pensions data as it would be too difficult to do, while others thought simplicity should guide the dashboard - at least from the beginning.
One said: "It will be hard enough showing details of different pension policies/pension schemes with different retirement ages, different ancillary benefits and different options. The dashboard should walk successfully before it tries to run."
Members should be surveyed to find out what they want from the dashboard, otherwise there is risk of meeting the needs of the industry rather than actual policyholders, another said.
Conversely 28% believed there would be no problem displaying other benefits information. "For the dashboard to be successful, it should include all an individual's financial data," said one.
One in ten sat on the fence.
Over a third (35%) of those surveyed believed the National Employment Savings Trust's (NEST) government subsidy is distorting the wider master trust market.
Most thought the subsidy unfairly undercuts NEST's competitors, with one asking: "How can you have a level playing field while subsidies are in place?"
Another said: "NEST was set up in case the market could not provide schemes which every employer could use. Now it has become a competitor among other schemes open to every employer. The subsidy has become inappropriate."
However, others remarked distortion can be a positive thing, "The market needs to be distorted to a much larger degree if it is to work in the interests of pensioners," said one.
Over a quarter (25%) rebuffed the idea that a distortion exists as a result of the subsidy.
One asked: "And what if it is? The other master trusts should stop whingeing and get on with producing a better investment return for the members. That's the only way to beat NEST."
However 38% were undecided on the topic.
An overwhelming majority (85%) rejected an idea that the lifetime ISA (LISA) could replace additional voluntary contributions (AVCs).
Some worried LISAs would further muddy the waters between pensions and ISAs, while others observed AVCs already do a good job.
One respondent argued the more products available to consumers the better as one size does not fit all, while another said pensions need more simplification.
A different commentator said: "This is like suggesting chocolate should replace fruit!"
Another was sceptical about the success of LISA. "AVC's have been around for a long time. I can't see LISAs lasting very long at all. They are not as good as they are hyped up to be!"
Only 8% replied LISA should replace AVCs under certain conditions. "A great idea but need to remove the age restriction first," said one.
The age limit should be removed and AVCs scrapped entirely, another continued.
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