A rise in the use of virtual trustee meetings could prove challenging for those involved but there are ways to improve their effectiveness, Aon says.
This week’s top stories include Aon’s $30bn purchase of Willis Towers Watson, and the tapered annual allowance thresholds increasing by £90,000.
Aon has confirmed it will buy Willis Towers Watson in a $30bn (£23bn) all-share deal, becoming the UK's largest pension consulting firm.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says it will press ahead with a 10% increase to the general levy from 1 April, despite a severe industry backlash to a consultation on the issue.
The Xylem UK Pension Plan has confirmed a £255m buy-in transaction with Rothesay Life in the insurer’s first deal of 2020.
The industry has positive expectations for The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) forthcoming funding code for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, according to Aon.
The Co-operative Pension Scheme (Pace) has agreed a £1bn buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), insuring benefits for around 7,000 members.
A fifth of contract-based pension schemes expect to move to a master trust by 2025, along with a third of trust-based plans.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has announced new measures around the appointment of professional trustees following concerns that poor governance is putting members’ savings at risk.
The Co-operative Pension Scheme, known as Pace, has completed a £1bn buy-in with Aviva in the first announced bulk annuity deal of 2020.
Over 80% of consumers want to know more about which companies their pensions are invested in and more transparent updates on their business activities, according to PensionBee.
DC schemes are increasingly looking at investing in alternatives but face a number of challenges. Charlotte Moore takes a look at the issues they face.
The Electricity North West Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme (ESPS) has invested in an £805m pensioner buy-in with Scottish Widows.
Aon has published a paper offering pension scheme trustees insight into investment areas if they are looking for competitive financial returns and to deliver a positive social and environmental impact.
Many traditional flexible benefit schemes have become complex and unwieldy. Nick Martindale looks at how providers are evolving to simplify products and better meet employee needs.
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).
As more schemes reach a fully funded status, it is important that the risk-averse environment is not codified into regulations, says Paul McGlone.
The lack of clarity from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) equalisation is “no excuse” for stalling implementation, says Aon.
Small schemes are facing “obvious challenges” in grabbing insurer attention as “jumbo” deals are beginning to typify the bulk annuity market, Aon says.
Estimates of the amount of money needed for a ‘modest’ retirement can vary by up to £500,000, according to research from Aon.
FTSE 100 risk settlement transactions have reached £70bn as a third of these firms remove longevity risk, according to Aon.
The National Grid UK Pension Scheme has agreed a £2.8bn buy-in deal with Rothesay Life, covering the benefits of an unspecified number of pensioner members.
Responsible investing has dramatically grown in importance to investors over the last year, according to research by Aon.
NEST has allocated 5% of assets to private credit and announced its two fund managers for this area. Holly Roach looks at how the provider is leading the way for other schemes