Milking and Dumping – new paper by the Pensions Institute

31 August 2016 The Pensions Institute was set up as part of the Cass Business School as the first and, as yet, only UK academic research centre to focus exclusively on pensions matters. It’s contributors have published a series of academic research papers, combined with Practitioner Reports – the latter perhaps more accessible to the non-academic. The latest report, authored by Keith Wallace1 is titled “Milking and Dumping: The Devices Businesses use to Exploit Surpluses and Shed Deficits in Their Pension Schemes” The first part of the paper provides a historical perspective on the rise in significance of defined benefit…

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21st Century Trusteeship and Governance – Pensions Regulator discussion paper

24 August 2016 The Pensions Regulator has issued a discussion paper titled “21st Century Trusteeship and Governance” which continues engagement with the pensions industry in considering how best to support trustees in fulfilling their responsibilities and improving beneficiary outcomes. The paper highlights key findings and challenges from the Regulator’s research into the work of trustees, and poses thirteen key questions to shape future policy decisions. The questions are wide ranging, covering: the role of professional trustee, the role of the chair, the challenge for new trustees and trustee knowledge and understanding, minimum competence and continuous personal development, conflicts of interest,…

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New rules and guidance on how pension transfer values are calculated

4 May 2012 In March, we highlighted (see Updates) the FSA’s consultation on their to change the way that pension transfer values are calculated. These are often considered in the context of moving a pension pot from an existing defined benefit arrangement into a separate defined benefit scheme but also have influence in other areas of establishing cash equivalence: e.g. tax-free commutation, inter-scheme transfers, purchase of addditional years accrual and so forth. The FSA has noted, particularly given the risk involved in given up the certainty of DB, that they would expect the starting point for pensions transfer advice to…

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The Pensions Regulator : Revamp of Trustee Toolkit

22 March 2012 The Pensions Regulator has announced a revised version of the Trustee Toolkit, perhaps the best known e-learning system aimed at helping UK trustees comply with their knowledge and understanding obligations under pensions legislation. According to the Regulator updates include: Downloadable resources, including PDF versions of the case studies and tutorials, to aid offline working More choices relating to scheme size and type when registering so that every learner benefits from a more tailored programme Clearer navigation and an overview of the user’s progress towards receiving the certificate of completion Increased screen size and a refreshed look and…

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Financial Services Authority : Consultation on how pension transfer values are calculated

22 March 2012 The FSA is coming to the end of the consultation period on proposals to change the way pension transfer values are calculated. This consultation, ending on 25 March, seeks to “clarify and update the current standards and aim to ensure that pension scheme members considering a transfer are given a fair assessment of what they will receive in retirement”. The FSA defines the scope of a pension transfer as the process by which a pension is moved from a DB into a personal pension scheme, but the approach could have influence in other areas of establishing cash…

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