When J. Whitaker & Sons Final Salary Plan appointed a fiduciary manager it was targeting self-sufficiency. However, strong investment returns and the ability to react quickly to changing market dynamics have led to a different result finds Helen Morrissey....
The corporate pensions market has changed radically over the past five years. Jonathan Stapleton asks a range of industry experts what now makes a gold standard offering to employees.
Hilary Salt looks at the challenges of operating in a low interest rate environment.
The UK's 5,945 defined benefit (DB) schemes have an overall funding ratio of 133% under realistic investment return assumptions, according to First Actuarial.
Hilary Salt is pleased to see people are starting to revisit the idea of how best to fund schemes
Many master trusts say they have achieved the Master Trust Assurance Framework accreditation yet very few appear on the regulator's official list. Helen Morrissey asks why this is happening
Small employers which stage over the next 18 months could fail to sign declaration of compliance forms and be fined £400 according to Alan Smith.
Pensions are complex but who is there to help individuals understand more? Henry Tapper asks who the new pensions intermediaries are.
Lack of an agreed definition of value for money is posing many challenges for the industry. Kristian Brunt-Seymour looks at research by the Pensions Policy Institute which suggests a number of solutions
More than 10,000 people have signed a parliamentary petition launched by Unison to examine proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) investment regulations.
As the independent state pension review kicks off Hilary Salt argues we need to look more closely at the concept of ageing.
Henry Tapper says we need to take a wider view of pension taxation reform.
Hilary Salt says we need to take another look at how discount rates are used.
Retirement guidance still not up to scratch
Trustees are learning to get bolshy over contracts
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Hilary Salt warns quick-fix compliance is replacing professional judgement
PP looks at the impact of reduced allowances for members who access their pots
How advances in IT can cut the cost of schemes' actuarial services
The shipping industry needs more time to prepare for auto-enrolment because of the unique challenges faced in enrolling offshore workers, First Actuarial says.
Pension schemes will soon find themselves in gold, silver or bronze position as the Department of Work and Pensions gets into the spirit of the Olympics.
More than one-third of active defined benefit scheme members could see their benefits reduced if a £155 flat-rate state pension is introduced in 2015.
Employee benefit consultants will face a variety of problems if the government merges income tax and National Insurance, experts say.
First Actuarial has increased its number of partners from nine to 13 after recording its fifth consecutive year of double digit growth.