Defined contribution (DC) contributions were scaled back by 11% in the second quarter of 2020 as the impact of the pandemic set in, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Michael Bushnell looks at the continuing impact of the pandemic on employer covenant and ESG risks, and how schemes can plan ahead.
Deaths in England and Wales were 51% higher in week 52 of 2020 than the corresponding period of 2019, although partly inflated by bank holidays, according to the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI).
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Tim Shepherd and Beth Brown look at the legal implications of working from home and how pension professionals can mitigate the risks.
Companies could be overstating their pension liabilities by up to £60bn due to their life expectancy assumptions, according to XPS Pensions Group.
Trustees must know the signs of sponsor distress and be prepared to act quickly as the “first line of defence” for savers, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has warned.
The Bank of England (BoE) has voted unanimously to increase its purchase of UK government bonds by £150bn and to maintain rates at 0.1%, shunning rumours of a move towards negative interest rates.
Supply will need to be rebuilt following the forced shutdown, potentially pushing up inflation and reasserting the need for adequate hedges, writes James Phillips
Pension savers have held off from making changes to their pensions despite nearly half having been impacted by the pandemic, research finds.
Lewys Curteis looks at what the changes to the PPF’s levy rules mean for schemes over the long-term.
Around one in 25 pension schemes have made use of regulatory easements to deficit recovery contribution (DRC) payment schedules, according to The Pensions Regulator (TPR).
Julian Mund writes about planning for the future and the four challenges he sees for the pension industry over the next five years.
Sponsor covenants are facing a “triple whammy” moving into 2021 as the effects of Covid-19, Brexit and macro-economic conditions combine, Lincoln Pensions warns.
Darryl Brundle and Ashley Kanter look at the contrasting pressures and easements on longevity associated with the pandemic
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has an 83% probability of success for its target of being self-sufficient by 2030 as of March this year, a six percentage point drop from 2019.
With under three-quarters of a year left for retendering exercises to be completed, capacity issues could arise and reduce choice, writes James Phillips.
In this live blog, Professional Pensions brings together all the latest news on the industry's response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as regulatory and legal updates.
Around 2,000 small schemes could see their levies cut as the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) consults on introducing a tapered approach to its risk-based levy while temporarily dropping its multi-year approach.
Pension contributions and class one employer National Insurance (NI) contributions remain payable by employers making use of the government’s coronavirus job support scheme.
The November Budget will not go ahead due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, according to reports.
The Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) is asking for industry views to address the “exceptional” mortality data seen throughout the coronavirus pandemic as it updates its mortality projections model.
While the CMI Model of longevity improvements has proved reliable, Covid-19 threatens to cause it to show an unrealistic falls in life expectancy. Tim Gordon explains why the industry should not overreact
With rumours once again swirling around the future of pensions tax relief in the run up to this year's Budget, any reduced incentive for long-term savers could risk further exacerbating the generational divide in pensions, says Tom Selby