DB to DC transfers – Pensions Regulator consultation

2 March 2015 The Pensions Regulator has produced a useful consultation document on DB to DC transfers and conversions and invited comments by 17 March 2015. The consultation document is pretty clear, concise and accessible and is likely to form the basis of new guidance for DB pension scheme trustees faced with the tricky question of how to handle DB members wishing to transfer to a DC scheme.     For me, there are five key areas: There should be relatively few cases where such a transfer is actually in the best interests of the member – giving up guaranteed…

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Incentive Exercises for Pensions : A Code of Good Practice

12 July 2012 A Code of Practice (produced by a broad industry Working Group with Government support: www.incentiveexercises.org.uk) has been released on Incentive Exercises for Pensions. Whilst the Code is voluntary in nature the Minister of Pensions, Steve Webb, has stated that he “expects all employers to voluntarily follow the Code” but does not rule out future legislation in this area though it is hoped that this is not necessary. Author: Martin Veasey © www.veaseyassociates.co.uk 2011 – 2018

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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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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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