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 Wallace 1 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…

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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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